"Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas." ~ Peggy Bracken
The irony about giving the gift of time and love is that time has to be spent preparing everything in advance if I am to enjoy a few relaxed moments with friends and family.
So during these last days before Christmas Eve, when most of the family will join us in our home, I am quite busy baking and cooking and cleaning. Still, I am stealing an hour or two to relax and paint something new. Christmas cookies are good subjects to paint as they sit there waiting to be devoured.
The reindeer cupcakes above are the easiest dessert to make and you might have seen them as an insert in some magazines recently.
However, I have resorted to looking through my sketchbook for Christmas themes already completed. Some of my earlier art can be recycled especially since I was not blogging last Christmas. Christmas will be busier than usual and I need time to get everything ready so that I can enjoy my guests.
The Shakespeare nutcracker has been in my home for about ten years attesting to my life as a teacher. The composition in this sketchbook entry is quite different for me as the squares surrounding the nutcracker contain a variety of objects and decorations that are related to Christmas in our home.
I usually would not pay much attention to them once they are out on display, but now that I have painted these items, I see them in another light...I remember all the details that make up the whole piece.
I also painted a porcelain Santa that is sitting quite contentedly on the mantel in the family room overseeing all the Christmas activities.
These traditional rolled sugar cookies made last week have already been tasted and enjoyed by guests who have whittled down the several dozen I have in containers.
Finally, the angel that was a gift for one of my subscribers arrived a few weeks ago in her new home. The recipient sent me this photo of the angel in her Christmas tree. She looks very serene with all the warm colours around her.