“Sleigh bells ring, are you listening?
In the lane, snow is glistening…”
~ A Winter Wonderland.
(This post was previously published in 2016.)
("An After-Christmas visit". Acrylic on canvas. )
I painted this very old-fashioned, traditional Christmas scene many years ago. It always elicits positive remarks.
My guess is that we miss those days when life was simpler. For example, a sleigh ride on a snowy, starry Christmas Eve might have been the highlight of the festive season.
This is 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. Everyone, or so it seemed, was in some way involved in a craft of some kind.
For a fall semester, I enrolled in a tole painting class with two friends, and we painted our little hearts out. It was a welcome break from our routines. I still use some of the techniques learned in that class today.
I keep this painting because it reminds me of the laughs I shared with two good friends while doing something I really enjoyed.
As we near Christmas, I think of friends who have walked with me on life’s road.
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.
(photo in header: thanks to Chad Madden @chadmadden)