I had a wonderful time at the Christmas Art Show. This year, I brought my watercolors and painted some paintings during the show. We had a great turn out and I enjoyed meeting a lot of new people. I sold a lot of art but Bria and Brenlyn stole the show with their Christmas costumes!!
This is my favorite time of year. The outdoors is filled with crunchy red and orange leaves, pumpkins are on the porch steps and apple cider is warming in the crockpot. Inside my studio, I'm already working on paintings for Christmas so I'm getting the best of fall and winter wrapped into one.
This painting is of a church in Harbor Springs, Michigan. Every year, children hang their handmade ornaments on a tall tree near this handsome church built in 1892. Harbor Springs, Michigan, is near Lake Michigan and people come from miles around to ice skate or ride a horse pulled sled through the apple orchards. My sister-in-law Melissa is from Michigan and she loves Christmas!
The choir from Petosky High School sing Christmas carols here garbed in Elizabethan costumes. The Madrigal Singers have also sung at Westminster Abbey, Carnegie Hall and the J F K Center for the Performing Arts. The only change that I made was to add a red fire hydrant by the sidewalk because Jakob asked me to. I can't resist his sweet little voice.
Finished! Another painting for my Christmas show coming up in just another month.
Since the fall is almost here, I'm gearing up to start painting for my winter art show.
As inspiration while working in the studio, I added some more color. I'm finally starting to feel at home in my under the eaves studio. A few months ago I bought the orange and white pillow to put in here.
I really wanted to decorate in orange and pink and decided to add some teal and grey, too. I put my great-grandpa's bed in the studio and have been using it like a day bed. Over the headboard, I found a great piece of material to add some extra interest.
I found this reading lamp on sale a couple of weeks ago.
I would like to find a large area rug in more neutral colors but this little one is fun for now.
All I need to do now is turn on my instrumental music and grab a paintbrush. I have several thumb-nail sketches already worked up for my winter paintings. For some reason this time of year is always my favorite painting season.
I painted a green hydrangea in watercolor to match the flowers that we were going to use for the Ladies Retreat. Each bookmark had a bible verse from Proverbs 31. Kelly helped me tie all the pink ribbons. We were excited to have almost 160 ladies come for the Ladies Retreat.
I have been painting for a local Christmas show here in Oklahoma. I was able to visit with old friends, meet new friends and five of my paintings found new homes. Four of the paintings were winter scenes, two paintings that I sold were ones that I had painted in the last month or two. The other painting was one of pink roses. My friend Angela sold things next to me and we had so much fun. I had a blast meeting and talking to lots of people.
Across from my booth was this one and she had pretty scriptures, songs and sayings on cupboard doors.
This booth was one of my favorites. I spent almost all of the money that I made buying presents for Christmas from this booth and things for our house and studio. Her things were ridiculously cute! Her grandson made ornaments and pine cone bags to sell, too. The hymn note wreath that I hung in our entryway is from here. I'll have to take some pics of the chairs that I bought. I think I was her biggest advertiser. Everyone that came to my booth, I would send down to this one.