lucia 2020

Every year in December, we celebrate Lucia at our university and ever since the second edition, I’ve had this little tradition of painting an illustration for the poster. Because of the pandemic, however, we won’t have a celebration this year (honestly, I’d be happy to just be able to teach on campus again) – but I do really like the tradition of having this painting project and re-interpreting the theme of Lucia every year, so I decided to paint something anyway. I also thought it would be nice to have something to send to our students, just to let them know that I’m thinking of them and I hope it can cheer them up, even if it’s just a little bit. So I made this little watercolour painting of what celebrating Lucia in lockdown could look like. Initially, I also wanted the window to show other people in front of their windows, but that felt a little too complicated and ambitious, and if this pandemic has thought me anything it’s that instead of always striving for perfection sometime’s it’s okay to just make something nice and have fun doing it. So happy Lucia!