George Mallory, by Duncan Grant in 1912. Oil on panel.
George Mallory was a mountaineer and a friend of the Bloomsbury writers and artists. He made 3 expeditions to Mount Everest, and died on the last one trying to reach the summit. His body was recovered in 1999.
As my guests have now gone home :(( and I've cleared the decks of empty bottles and torn wrapping paper, I thought I'd spend half an hour seeing if I could do something in a different style to my usual, and chose the above painting as inspiration.
I took a selfie on the iPad (note to self: try make up one day) which I then worked on in my sketchbook.
As the sketchbook is still part of my visual diary and includes Christmas, the result is accompanied by a few simple words which sum up this Christmas for me...."Champagne-like joy bubbles through her head."
It conveys all the essentials I suppose, and I've tried something new which is a fitting start to the new year and the new work I think.