Every year, my dad writes an account of the Barnetson family to send to friends and relatives. It’s written with pride and goodwill, even if the brevity can be humbling (‘Anne is still working in bookshops and sketching villains, as well as the odd commission.’).
With dad’s 2021 xmas letter in mind, I set myself the task of doing a sketch to decorate it using Procreate. At first I was drawing only with the tablet but it was very challenging to adapt my process, so I started again with a pencil sketch as a hidden layer. My parents are pictured smiling on their lush lawn. My mum has a handful of vibrant hibiscus from the garden, and my dad is wearing his Life Member golf club medal.