Happy New Year!
I was flicking through my sketchbook recently and thinking back to happy times in 2016 rather than the political turmoil and found these pages from our holiday in Spain, which was a welcome break after an unexpected week in hospital and a busy year with work. There wasn’t much sketching time in 2016 with work being busy (not complaining about that as I have a mortgage to pay and enjoy my interior design job) and sewing taking the priority for practical reasons to make clothes for my son and family. I dusted off my sketchbook and pens (and even watercolours) on our holiday and filled a few pages. My disappointment took hold as I realised the lack of sketching time has taken it’s toll and I’m just not as comfortable with pen and paper, but I have to start somewhere. Although not particularly happy with the outcome it was good to be sketching with some Spanish sun on my back and they are still reminders of our holiday and of things that a photograph doesn’t necessarily capture for me as it’s a fleeting moment, whereas my sketches are longer periods of observation and study and I put more focus on the bits that catch my eye.