I don't always take time off over Christmas, working as I do, a project based designer in industrial and commercial construction. You tend to work when the work is there and fret when it isn't. I can recall many years that I've worked right through the season. Public holidays don't mean so much to the self employed. The answer, I've discovered, is to book your trip regardless of how busy you are and find a way to make it work. Otherwise, some years, the break never comes.
This year we once again visited family in New Zealand, with a little time out to drive around the North Island visiting Rotorua and the Coromandel Peninsula. And once again I bought a fresh sketch book, confident the inevitable downtime of travel would permit plenty of free time for sketching. But in reality, we were having too much fun to bother with pencils and pens. Which reminds me of the maxim, 'Art is Work' and sometimes, we need to rest.
Depending on which day you catch me, I'm either an Artist who works as a Designer to pay the bills, or a Designer who makes Art to fill the hole in his heart that protests the mediocrity of much of the work I'm engaged with. And some days I try to do both at the same time. At times it's exhausting. But I don't know what to do about that. Full credit to those with the courage (or luck) to kick the day job, because we all know talent isn't the only determinant factor.
So after nearly three weeks in scenic New Zealand, I offer three sketches. That'll have to do.