Christmas Art

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When I took you on our Christmas house tour last week, I promised you I’d be back with more. It may have taken me a little bit of time, but today I’m back with our Christmas art. Please join me for a tour of art we’ve painted over the years for the Christmas season.

When I first learned to paint, I spent a lot of time creating seasonal pieces as I love changing my entryway to match the season or holiday. I have a section of wall right by my front door that is reserved for seasonal artwork. You may remember it from our Halloween post found here.  Here’s the whole wall:

seasonal wall

 The center painting is called Santa and the Frost Fairy and if you look at the top right of the oval you can see the little Frost Fairy as he spreads his frost.

Santa and the Frost Fairy

Then we have Old King Cole. Not really a Christmas painting but it fits in nicely with the rest of the wall.

Here’s Santa doing some darning for the elves.

And this beauty is called Flight to Egypt. This lovely painting was designed by artist David Jansen and Paul painted it when he studied at a seminar with David.

At the top of the wall is a flying Santa in traditional garb.

Around the corner is a beautiful watercolor of a Victorian Santa. This lovely painting was a gift from Nancy, a former art student of ours,  and she did a beautiful job on the painting. We love taking it out and hanging it each year.

In the dining room, we have a few Christmas paintings as well. One of my favorites is the candleholder in the center of the table. It has four painted sides, two of which have a simple folkart Christmas tree. The other two sides have seasonal paintings shown below.

There are also two paintings on the mantel – a traditional colored red and green candle painting and a take off of the Nutcracker Suite.

The last painting in the dining room is a two sided doorcrown. One side (not shown) has a lovely Florentine rose painting and that side is visible all times of the year except at Christmas. The other side is a fun painting of Santa with toys and treats. This one was very fun to paint.

The last piece of Christmas art I would like to share with you sits in our living room by the fireplace. It’s a large wreath box, made to store a wreath when the season is over. This was one of the first complex pieces I painted with David Jansen, the wonderful artist I mentioned earlier. I hadn’t been painting a year when I decided to take this seminar, and I didn’t realize how little I knew about painting!! Luckily, David was a wonderful, patient teacher and he helped me through the painting even though I was such a newbie. This is such a fun design showing Santa and his sleigh delivering gifts on Christmas Eve.

I hope you enjoyed the tour of our Christmas art. We love taking these pieces out each Christmas, especially since they were painted at different times throughout our artistic journey. We love seeing the different levels of skill each piece reminds us of.

Thanks for visiting. Please come again soon.


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