my sweet elf inspiration
and the start of my sketch;
there is more to do before I'm totally happy with it, but that will come with paint and time. the impish grin isn't quite yet there, and the eyes are wonky, but I'm satisfied enough that if it looks close to this when complete I'll be good. I'm thrilled that my muse came from California this year. THATS where she was hiding!
right now my sweetie is cleaning up all the decorations and I will be bringing up my easel and paints to work with in warmth until the spring thaw.
we've been really busy with my sons family visiting. we took the twins and one of our boys (not their dad) to the Boston science museum yesterday...
...and on New Years day we will be having folks over for a game day. tradition to have a low-key movie marathon with hubby and myself on New Years day came out of my depression because we didn't have our kids around. they then started coming to watch the movies with us. with the California crew coming, though, it seemed wrong to be watching a screen all day instead of visiting. since we always gift the whole family a game or two for christmas we decided to do a game day with them last year when they were over. it will be tradition to do so when the out-of-towners are here, with a movie marathon if they are not in town that year. a good compromise.
as soon as things settle down and my class starts up I know I will be getting my creative juices flowing again. I just needed a little elf (and some great kids all giving me a push with canvasses under the tree) to get up and going again.