the Significance of Christmas



Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favour with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants for ever; his kingdom will never end.’ (Luke 1)

Wise men from the East came to Jerusalem saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.” (Matthew 2)

What shall I do, then, with the one you call the king of the Jews?’ Pilate asked them.
‘Crucify him!’ they shouted. (Mark 15)

This Christmas, remember there is more to Jesus than a baby in a manger.

30 Day Very Rough Sketch Challenge

I’ve created a new blog page to record my “progress” in a “30 Day Very Rough Sketch Challenge”.
It’s a variation on a drawing challenge I came across on another site.

I wasn’t sure I’d keep up with the discipline of doing a “proper” drawing every day so I adapted the challenge to suit myself.

If I keep it up during August, I might try it again next month – perhaps creating some different categories to tackle.

So far I’ve sketched:

1) Self portrait
2) Favourite Animal
3) Favourite food.

Details of the other categories can be found on the link provided on the new page.


Update – I didn’t keep up the sketching challenge so I’ve nuked the page.  But here are the few sketches I did get around to doing:

An Experiment in Manipulation

I’ve been testing my drawing skills, mostly as a planning tool – to try out ideas on paper first instead of rushing ahead with paint on canvas.

After finishing this sketch I scanned it and had a look at the differences I could create by manipulating the colours. I like these results much more than I like the original sketch. I’m wondering whether to use one of the altered images as the basis for a painting.