Tuesday, May 18, 2010

A little Christmas in May

Christmas Morning
Oil with a palette knife on cradled board
12" x 9"
Click on the image to enlarge

This painting was done from a photo submission to my Call for Inspiration back in January. This photo was in black and white but I could picture the color of the the wrapping paper, the decor, and of course the pink hair rollers, so I thought I'd try to recreate the scene in color. Thanks Sherry for submitting this nostalgic photo reference. I hope you don't mind that I rearranged your family's living room a bit, but I really wanted to paint that great TV without the rabbit ears coming out of your head. I hope you enjoy it.

For the show in June, I've asked people to write me a quick memory of their photo so I can have it posted with each painting. Here is what Sherry had to say about her picture.

"Sparkling and blinking lights and tinsel, anticipation and excitement and the smells of the dolls. Is there any stronger memory than the plastic smells of dolls in the early 1960's? I can see too that my mom was battling my frizzy hair even way back in the day! If I've learned nothing else, it is that sponge rollers do not work in my hair. And still, I get excited by the glittering lights and the tinsel and wake everyone up on Christmas morning because I cannot contain my enthusiasm!!"

She is quite the writer. If you haven't checked out her blog, she did a wonderful post today about her painting and, well, it made me feel so great. It's flattery like that which fuels me, keeps me going, knowing I'm moving in the right direction.


martinealison said...

Trop cute les bigoudis roses! J'adore l'expression que vous avez à la perfection reproduite sur le visage de votre personnage. Toute une énergie et une véritable émotion se dégagent de cette peinture. Belle harmonie de couleurs également.

Ralph said...

Tremendous capture of a very beautiful moment

Autumn Leaves said...

Oh now, Ann! This is beautiful!! I am, as always, amazed at the detail you capture in your pieces!!! You know I just simply have to buy this!

Anne C M Campbell said...

This is a wonderful work - I love the way you have adapted the various elements of the original photograph to make a work of art.

ChrisJ said...

You did a great job on Sheryl's photo. I have never tried oils and I'm getting a bit old to start now. I like using water colors and colored pencils, but I use them my way. I've never had any lessons and didn't start painting to any great degree until my forties for a while and now again in my seventies.

Bruce Sherman said...

Hi Ann!... "I" love the dexterous texture of your splendid palette knife paintings... combined with the same visual texture your create in your writing as well! Two "Voices"!

"I" will be a Follower... and come back to check in...Good stuff!

Good painting!
Warmest regards,
Bruce Sherman

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