This is the third year running that I have drawn everything my daughter received from that very generous old fellow, Santa Claus.
It’s a great way to fill the days between Christmas and New Year, and while I know it’s not exactly Cézanne’s Mont Sainte-Victoire, it’s also the closest thing I’ve got to a recurring theme.
If we remove Santa from the equation, it even becomes a great chance for me to meditate on over-indulgence. Yes, since you ask, she is an only child.
As I always draw these images from a photo, they sometimes feel a bit less like drawing and a bit more like copying, especially with all the lettering and branding to be drawn. Still, copying can be educational, a lesson I learned anew by reading Linda Barry’s fabulous book Syllabus this year.
When drawing the contents of an 11-year-old girl’s stocking, what you mainly learn is how to make things look cute, but that’s a valid lesson too.
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And here are the previous years’ ones. As you can see, the quantity of goods, and my concerns, haven’t changed much year on year. Nor, I note, has the time of waking on Christmas morning, sigh.
69 thoughts on “My daughter’s stocking, 2016”
Wow! You are so very talented!
You make me wish I could draw.
This is such a beautiful loving gesture
Wow! These are lovely. What an amazing keepsake for your daughter too.
OMG You got beautiful talented
Wow this is beautiful. I wish I had the talent to capture our holidays like this.
Great idea! The compositions look fun and inviting. Nice work.
What an amazing record. You’re very talented.
Beautiful work! You are one talented individual.
What a wonderful pictorial journal!!! Oh, if I could only draw!
Adorable idea! Frozen in time! Kids grow up so fast enjoy every moment of these traditions!!!!
I love this!!! I need to start recording what my kids find in their stockings. What a cool idea!
Well done, great way to hold on to the memories!
My cousin also draws like this as you said … Copying from a picture… I never considered this drawing at all but after looking at this picture , I can understand how creativity can be used and developed even by starting with copying and coloring. Beautiful pictures I must tell.
Wow, what talent!!! And how incredibly special!
Heart-warming like well made, frothy hot chocolate!
Awww… this is so cute!
This is indeed a gift from God to you. And it is a true blessing for us to look at your drawings.
This is really sweet and reminds me of getting my stocking on Christmas morning.
Wow your drawings are incredible, the colours really bring to life all your daughters gifts. How lucky!
This is very cute! Happy New Year to you and ur cutie! 😘
Beautifully illustrated, some really lovely artwork . There is so much more to it than just copying, and the contents are similar to what was in my own stocking!
I am belated but this is Awesome! Too bad it’s a Donald Trump reality tho. Must be soooooooo hard being a mom with the current political climate… :(
I am sure your daughter will cherish these drawings for years to come! When she is older and has children of her own, this will be something she could share with them. Wonderful idea!
Very cute! It’ll be a nice memento for who to remember childhood by as well, long after the sweets get eaten and the items get forgotten.
Woah! That’s so cool how you do that! It’s really awesome! Love it!
wow that’s really cool ….awesome stuff
I love this so much!
Nice your daughter sure is lucky! probably because she was very good in those years!
I love this – amazing! X
Such a nice idea, just to see how she grows and changes throughout the year
This is so lovely! Thanks for sharing.
What a great idea! You are a very talented artist. Thank you for the inspiration – all the best for 2017!
These drawings are so awesome! You could even make a little book for her of these drawings and give it to her when she graduates HS :)
I absolutely love this ❤️❤️
It’s beautiful. 😊
Coooooooooool now we are in 2017 not 2016
They’re so pretty! I wish I could draw like that.
Very creative! I love the dynamic use of color.
you’re so talented! such a nice idea.
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