“Sleigh bells ring, are you listening?
In the lane, snow is glistening…”

~ A Winter Wonderland.

Folk art painting - An After-Christmas Visit

("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.

Christmas wishes from Greece
gifts from Australia

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.

4 Responses

  • What a thrill to see this post Louise, once again we are wishing you, Neil and all of your family a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year. Looks like we will be Face Timing in 2017 now, up you know you are always in our thoughts. Big hugs. Sally and Les ????????????????

    • Yes, maybe between Christmas and New Year.

      Wishing you both all the best at Christmas and in 2017. You are also often in our thoughts. Here’s hoping that 2017 brings us one year closer to meeting each other in person! xx

  • All the best to you my friend. Joyeux Noel et Bonne Année à toi et tous les tiens. Santé, sérénité et bonheur pour 2017.

    • Merci Thérèse et à toi et ta famille aussi. Bon repos pendant les vacances et on se reparlera dans la nouvelle année.

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