Wednesday, December 24, 2008
A Frosty Night Walk - Silent Night
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!