Every time I look at this tiny snowman, I can't help but smile. There are people in our lives like that, too. They are the ones who keep a smile on their face continually, tell you jokes, and speak with positivity. Have you noticed how this kind of thing is contagious? I am grateful for all of you who send me smiles in person, by phone, and by your comments on my blog.
“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”
Beauty is everywhere and this angel celebrates the joys of life and the arrival of each new season. Winter is almost here and with it's coming we can turn our attention to enjoying and accepting everything it brings to us. This is a chance to see things with new eyes, even if we are not fond of some of its qualities.
This could be the best winter we have experienced in a long time if we just slightly adjust the way we perceive it. Bundle up, be someone's angel, and spread some joy.
This cute little guy is based on some Christmas tree ornaments I made years ago when Bill and I were first married. I did a lot of sewing in those days, even made all my own clothes from Vogue patterns. I loved embroidery, which almost every one of these stuffed fabric ornaments required. I still have all of them; they have held up amazingly well. The others are Santas, stockings, and Christmas tree balls, all vintage 1970's. I guess I am getting nostalgic this year; maybe I will paint some more of them!
This is a light and airy pine cone; it's tall but not fat and heavy like some that I pick up under the pine trees. One of these days, when it rains, I will have to get one that is very wet and paint it so you can see how different they look when the moisture makes them close up completely.
These December days are picking up speed and I feel that I am not getting enough done each day. Tomorrow I may have to sacrifice some painting time to work on some other things that need to be done, such as decorating the tree.
This is a painting that can really light up a room. The background color looks wonderful on so many different walls. I frame these in the six by six black Franken floater frames so that none of the painting is lost under the edge of the frame. This one comes unframed and it will soon be going to a gallery once it is framed, so let me know if you would like it and I'll ship it to you right away.
I love the shadow this pine cone is making. I set this up in the studio early and finished this in time to post before lunch. There are two more paintings I hope to get done today so I am on track to paint for several more hours. I am thinking about doing larger versions of these since they have been so popular with my collectors and so much fun for me to paint.
I was reading about pine cones and did not realize that parts of them are edible and tea can be made with some of the green pine needles. I have not experimented with this!
I am very pleased with the way this painting turned out with such a festive look. I mixed Grumbacher Red and Alizarin to get a really beautiful shade for the background. I had fun with this one and will probably continue with a few more of these small pine cone paintings.
It has been hard to focus on working in my studio since there are so many good Cyber Monday sales to take advantage of. Last night I purchased Raymar panels and Franken frames on sale so I will be stocked up to start the new year. Today I have been looking at gift items with 30% off and free shipping.