Here's a #throwbackthursday for you as I'm currently in the middle of the busy Christmas commission period 🤶🏻✏️😅 it was 2 years ago I did the portrait of Chester Bennington of Linkin Park...such a inspiring man! It's important to be aware of suicide and how the ratings are higher in men than women. I find the winter period particularly hard and always have done. I realised this when I make sudden changes in my life because I panic about things, small things or things that have been lingering over me for some time. Sometimes it helps sometimes it doesn't but I've found a way to keep me going. It's important to talk to people if you are feeling low or not OK. Find something that keeps you going, even if it's something small like a diet change (stop drinking caffeine once or twice a week) for me, I feel changes reignite the brain and help you get to the next day 😊
It's also important to take the time just to stay in touch with your friends and family and see how they are. You don't know what happens behind closed doors, you don't need to know sometimes as long as they know you are there, it makes a massive difference.
My sister @tenderleaf_ made this digital drawing of me carrying Owen.
It's surreal looking back on that time. I was always feeling everything at the same time, my emotions evening each other out. I was uncomfortable and poised, nervous and so excited I didn't care, self-conscious and resolute, and so many other things. But mostly I was so happy and just couldn't wait to meet Owen and see what he'd be like. The process as a whole has given me so much confidence, steadiness, and resolve, and I am so aware of and grateful for that. But best of all, it led to Owen, and he is wonderous.
Having a child and realising his worth really set in the knowledge of how amazing all of us are. Life is the miracle. Life is exquisite, and we have the ability to make the very best of it and ourselves, to be who we really want to, to seek joy and friendship and love and hold hope in our hands. Literally. Because what is more full of hope than a child? What could further embody our love?
Morning 🙋🏻♀️! Ik wilde even zeggen dat ik het zo leuk vind dat er zo veel vraag is naar portretten! Thank you thank you 🧡. Dit wordt een drukke sinterklaas- en kerstperiode maar ik ben er helemaal klaar voor. Ohja de Kerstkaarten Actie loopt ook nog steeds. Dus wil je een persoonlijke kerstkaart bestellen? Let me know via firstname.lastname@example.org 💌
#Repost@casperwhitecasper with @get_repost
Delighted to have been invited to become a member of Contemporary British Portrait Painters @thecbpp looking forward to meeting all the artists and working with them in the future.