The painting is moving towards completion, but it’s still a work in progress (Christmas is a busy time of year)!
Today’s painting is of the oldest Nutcracker in our mini collection of seasonal soldiers. He is still my fave. His beard and hair have been thinning as the years go by. This is something I can relate to. This season he is hanging out at Gallery 78 in Fredericton, New Brunswick.
Today’s watercolour is from a few years ago. Nutcrackers have always had a presence around our home at Christmas. These toy soldiers have stood guard over our tree, and occasionally been a chew toy for our dog. They are cherished items and well worth preserving.
It might not be the best way to store ornaments, but I do like the way they look under glass.
I’ve begun work on another of my “Preserves”. It’s in the early stages so far, as I’ve laid in a variety of dark values.
The landscape outside my window is grey and awaiting the freshening cover of a winter’s snow. I know I could use some vibrant colour to lighten my day. Today’s painting, “Holder Red”, provides a bit of Christmas crimson to offset the monochromatic vista of a pale day in December.