“Sleigh bells ring, are you listening?
In the lane, snow is glistening…”
~ A Winter Wonderland.
("An After-Christmas visit". Acrylic on canvas. )
I painted this very old-fashioned, traditional Christmas scene many years ago. I still get compliments for it today. I guess people miss those days when Christmas meant a sleigh ride to visit friends on a snowy, starry Christmas Eve.
This is probably my oldest art on canvas. An attempt at naive folk art, this scene is a tole painting project from the mid- 1990s when tole painting was the rage and everyone, or so it seems, was in some way involved in a craft of some kind.
For a whole semester, I joined two friends and we painted our little hearts out. It really was a nice break from our routines.
I keep this painting because it reminds me of the fun I had with two good friends in class while learning new art techniques.
As we near Christmas, I think of friends who have walked with me on life's road.
There are certainly many types of friends, aren't there?
The best friends are always present in good times and in bad. They are anchors when life is a choppy sea.
Some friends I have never met in person, but because of shared interests, we have come to know each other through emails and messages. The virtual world allows the meeting of the minds with people who live half a world away.
Other friends are only a phone call away and can be counted on for advice and a listening ear.
Some friends have stayed in touch on a very regular basis while others send Christmas greetings the old-fashioned way with a letter outlining the passing of time, and the major events that touched them during the year.
To all my friends near and far, I wish you a magical, joyous and if you wish, a traditional Christmas.