I have just burned the midnight oil to complete my painting "The Night Before Christmas". Crystal Cook and I pose a challenge to each other each month and this month it was my turn to come up with the theme. Immediately the word "Believe" popped into my head. So that was the inspiration for our entries this month. Ironically even though I came up with the challenge I really had no idea what I was going to paint. But my idea quickly came to me as I was watching my little boys get so excited about Christmas. These are fun years. It is such a magical time when you have little people to experience the Holidays with. So even though the components of my still life were becoming clearer to me I still had to round it all up. That took some time. We didn't own a copy of The Night Before Christmas that I could readily find, so off to the bookstore we went. Once I settled on a copy that I liked the cover art, I then had to bake cookies and find the perfect dishes to display the cookies and milk in. I of course went to my old standby the Candlewick dishes. Oh, and I also had to wait for a day with sunshine to get the perfect photo reference. There was a lot of planning in this painting. But finally it all came together. So I present to you my answer to believe "The Night Before Christmas"
|"Christmas Magic" 6x6 original watercolor on paper by Crystal Cook|
|"Prince of Peace" 6x9 original watercolor on paper by Crystal Cook|
|"Anticipation" 23.5 x 32 original watercolor on paper by Carrie Waller|
I'll see you Friday!!! Hope you're Holidays are in full swing and you're not up to your eyeballs in wrapping paper and tape.