Our Christmas day was quiet and peaceful. All the family gathers and celebrations happened a day or two earlier leaving us a full refrigerator of delicious baked goods and leftovers with plenty of time to enjoy. For me, I brought my easel and paints upstairs and spent most of day and evening painting at the dining room table near the fire with our dog under my feet and our cat on the chair next to me.
Inspired by a christmas card I had saved from years ago. I once painted this same image on a very large canvas for St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Glastonbury. This time I decide to paint it small, 6 x 6 format that I'm accustom to these days. The base coat on the board was a salmon pink color which can be seen peaking through the paint strokes. I felt it gave a nice warm glow like an inner light or radiance coming from their skin.
It was a quiet and peaceful time of reflection. Such a magnificent gift. A perfect gift. Not just a baby for Mary and Joseph to hug and cuddle and kiss and adore… but a gift for us all. How incredibly thankful I am for this precious gift and precious moment. Because so many times "the gift" is truly the moment in time when our eyes are hearts are opened to see clearly what the most precious treasure we can have here on earth.
And speaking of gifts, now I get to give away the last Christmas Giveaway gift. A very special thanks to Bruce Belco for leaving a very wonderful and touching comment here on my blog about what he is thankful for.
And the prize… and 8 x 10 dog portrait of his late dog "Baruch". Merry Christmas Bruce!
Thank you everyone who participated in the Christmas Giveaway… Hugs to you all!
Just a reminder….. just a few days left for the December Studio Sale which is still going on… until Dec 31. click here to check out all the beautiful paintings on SALE!
Linda S. Marino Art
Branford, CT 06405
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