Wednesday, December 24, 2008

A Frosty Night Walk - Silent Night

A Frosty Night Walk
Originally uploaded by linfrye
A busy day yesterday -- hairdresser for mom, a bit of shopping, a nice lunch out, just mom and I, and about 100 other folks trying to find a seat in a warm restaurant! LOL Mercy, talk about last-minute shoppers -- they seemed to be out yesterday as the traffic was the worst I've seen all season! Still, it was good to get out, cold as it was ...

With the last minute preparations and readying the house for today's celebrations -- "Santa" arrives with the grandchildren in a few hours -- I had less time to paint, so I decided to try something a bit more free form.

I found this wonderful image of grasses and weeds (LOL, I know, I know!! LOL) and decided to try to create a wintry monotone in the midnight blues that I so remember of late night snowfall when I lived in New York. This snowfall, coming in the deep indigo of evening and followed often by moon and starlight, was so cold, and yet, I was most impressed by the hush that fell upon the earth. To me, this dark, deep, rich silence epitomized the spirit of Christmas. The glint of light on the whiteness of the snow, the still, hush around me, the deep, dark night --- I always hear two songs when I think of those special nights: "There's a Kind of Hush All Over the World," and "Silent Night." And I hope a bit of the magic I feel when I remember those magical times comes through in this painting.

Because in 5 hours, it will be pandemonium here! Santa arrives for Emily and Nick, and our Christmas will be in full swing.

Our 'quiet' celebration will be tomorrow ... and so, May this Christmas --- and your celebrations, be most joyous and blessed.. and thank YOU for all your encouragement and support!



squawmama said...

Merry Christmas Lin... Don't you just love the life the grand kids bring to our homes... You guys have a wonderful time and you will need the rest tomorrow...LOL LOL

Loved the painting this morning... So romantic...


Nancy Van Blaricom said...

Merry Christmas Lin. Stay safe and warm.

Teri C said...

Gosh Lin, this is just beautiful!!!

Merry Christmas.

Anonymous said...

It's such a neat painting Lin -- so different from your others and another example of your versatility! How well I remember the cold crunchy "blue" cold snow in Vermont but I don't miss it LOL. Beautiful beautiful painting. Thanks for the memories and have a terrific fun day with the grands and Santa.

Teresa said...

I'm not sure which is more wonderful - your lovely wintery painting or the poetic commentary accompanying it! Lots of love and Christmas Wishes to you and yours from me and mine!

Sioux said...

I love the painting...marked it and the nuthatch as favorites on flickr...Merry Christmas!

Carole said...

I *love* this! It would make a fantastic design for a Christmas card. Happy holidays!