HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
Wow, I can’t believe it’s 2012! 2011 just flew by, but I’m looking forward to what the new year has in store.
December was a very special month of painting for me. December is a month filled with wonderful colored lights and bright shiny things, a painters delight come true. One of the places I visited a few times in December was the Chatfield Botanical Garden Trail of Lights; it was beautiful! If you haven’t seen this spectacular display of lights, I would highly highly recommend it next year.
There were so many wonderful lights everywhere to paint, and it made each night a fun and exciting challenge. Fortunately the temperatures stayed above 10 degrees, and it felt almost like spring painting.
For Christmas, I wanted to do a painting of Jesus in a manger. On Christmas day I didn’t think it would be too hard to find this type of a scene, but do you think I could find a manger scene anywhere? No. I had just spent the day celebrating Christmas with my family in Denver, and then that night drove to Ft. Collins to see the rest of the family, when I realized that my time was running out to paint. It was already 10:30 p.m., and still no manger could be found. I went by at least 9 different churches and not one manger. Just about the time I was ready to give up on the manger scene I decided to stop by the old Catholic church and asked for some help. As I walked up to the main doors my inner voice said “look up” and when I did I saw this wonderful stained glass scene of Joseph, Mary, and baby Jesus – my nativity scene I had been looking for. It’s amazing how the divine spirit works. So without hesitation, I knew what I must paint. Out came the paints, the brushes and the winter gloves (it was about 18 degrees).
On the 27th, it was time to head home and onto the next painting. Evergreen Lake House was the next destination. There was a charming Menorah, and for the last night of Hanukkah I thought it would make a nice painting. I painted the Menorah for the last night of “The Festival of Lights” in celebration of my Jewish friends. I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday!
December also brought one of the biggest nights of my painting career. It marked the last night of a 3 year journey. This is something that I will terribly miss doing. I have loved the past 3 years of painting, and I thank you for allowing me to share my journey with you. So with that, I thought what a better way to finish than going out with a bang! I went and painted a 24″ x 36″ painting of the fireworks at the Evergreen Lake House (my annual tradition). What a great way to end, with a firework show.
Speaking of shows, I am planning on having Denver’s Largest One Man Show and Sale with the entire 3 year journey and over 1100 paintings on display. The is tentatively in April, in the Santa Fa Art District. I will let everyone know the exact date and time. Until then, thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart, for taking this marvelous journey with me. No more until next month, except to say, may love fill your heart and art your life.
Best Wishes in the new year,
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