For the first time ever this year we opted to fly instead of drive to visit family for Christmas. Amidst ice storms and dozens of cancelled or delayed flights, we somehow got lucky with only a short delay. I was so glad I packed my watercolour book and Derwent Inktense pencils to pass the time. In the airport lounge we were amused by two little kids, Olivia and Jack, as they goofed around. They moved way to quickly to sketch, so I drew Jack's luggage horsy with his jacket propped over the handle instead. On the turbulent plane ride to Toronto, I was captivated by an elderly lady absorbed in her crosswords puzzles.
…and just seconds up their lane way we had tons of fun tobogganing with the neighbours. They live in paradise here, with amazing friends in the few homes surrounding them, private x-country ski and snowshoe trails, and maple trees they tap in the spring.
Some of the fun things we sketched and painted…
On the 30th we celebrated New Year's Eve a night early, which was so great because many couples came who were easily able to find sitters. We had the most amazing party, with delicious of food and drinks and we danced all night long into the early morning hours.
The next day I enjoyed a rare moment to sketch their back door area with all the interesting coats and boots and colours splayed out. I also gave my 3 nieces painting kits for Christmas. We had fun doing lessons together over the break. They're all at such fun ages right now, wanting to play and learn and laugh all the time. What a great holiday with family this year. One of the best for sure!
Happy New Year everyone!!!
~ xo DS