Every year I say I am going to take a couple weeks off at Christmas time, but I get bored and come back to work early. This year I decided I really needed the time off. I painted a lot of paintings this year, especially the last two months, and I wanted a break to think about what kind of art I want to make in 2013 and what kind of projects I want to publish.
I'm not made of money, so it's not an option for me to actually take a vacation anywhere, but we went and visited family for Christmas, and since we got home I have been doing all the things I put off all year because I don't have time. Mostly that means cleaning my house. I know that sounds boring to everyone else, but I get to really clean so rarely that I enjoy getting the house tidy, especially since I know this will probably be the last chance I have to deep clean until next Christmas. Yikes.
I have also been watching a lot of TV. I usually only watch TV when I paint, and then I only watch things that inspire me. I really like TV shows like Bones, My Name is Earl, X-Files and so on. Since I have been working since I was 16, I have missed most of these shows, so they are like new to me. :)
I don't want to talk about any of my art ideas or projects until they're done (new resolution for 2013?), so I'll shut up and show you some pictures of my Christmas Stay-Cation.
The antlers light up, and Wolf is still wearing them around the house.
By the time we got home, of course our Christmas tree had died. My husband worked the next day, so I struggled through carrying it out of the house, and with some help from one of our dogs got it out the back door. Then I diligently swept up all 200,000 pine needles it dumped on the floor and packed away the ornaments. Our son spent most of the time rearranging them, and the tree was a mess, so I leave you with a shot of my favorite decorations.
Now it's time to resume my new favorite TV show (Bones) and finish this cup of hot cocoa.
Goodnight, and happy holidays!