A quick post before I sign off for Christmas. Such a build-up, always, and a big risk of anti-climax. That’s why I’m all for a full observance of the Twelve Days of Christmas. You can have some quiet days in between – even some creative ones – but you can have lots of guilt-free pleasure, relaxation and celebration over the shortest days of the year.
Every year since student days I’ve made my own Christmas cards. Through thick and thin. Amateur, then getting maybe a bit better; always hand done (I only once resorted to a printed copy) and always a bit slapdash because despite best intentions they’re always done in a hurry. Most of these I’ve never photographed so I don’t have a record of them, though tucked away I have a few rejects which remind me what the theme of the year was…
But like everyone else I’ve moved with the times. I simply couldn’t send a physical card to all the friends and nice people I’ve met over the years. So for my e-card I usually send an image of a few suitably wintry scenes. I hope they’re not too naff; I paint them because at the time I’m gripped by the colours and textures and atmosphere of the scene.
So, unlike the last post with its hot hot Christmas-cheer colour, here are some images with cold, wintry colours and themes. (Some are long sold, some I still have.) And, sunshine or rain, snow or fog, ice or hail – all so beautiful in their own way, if sometimes a nuisance – a very lovely Christmas and a good 2016.