Oil on canvas, 12x12
Winter brushes the Shore with warmth these short December days, surprising and delighting me, bringing hope and life into a time that was starting to feel all too close, too tight and dark.
Here in Wachapreague, Christmas lights brighten the long nights, and in the day, festive wrapping paper, holiday music and a parade of sweets and treats soften the edges.
In a fit of cleaning out and tossing out, I find my Christmas hat, and my Christmas spirit, though the latter has blown in and out a bit, like the summery wind of these past few days.
Ghosts visit me in this time of joy, this time of celebration of Christ's birth. While I miss them, they remind me that I am grateful beyond measure for what life has brought me, for the time I spent with them, and for the love that makes my heart ache in their absence. What a celebration we would have, if they were here with me.
Then I know, they are, indeed, here with me. They live on, in my heart, in my memory, in my prayers. It is a time to be thankful for all I have had and all I have now.
And that includes you.
THE 101 DOGS project is chugging right along! There are spaces left, for sure, but the list is filling up. Yay!
The project is fun, it's good for art-buyers, pet-lovers and the generous of spirit and heart. You can check it out by clicking here.
It's too late for me to finish a painting in time for Christmas, but if you want to give one as a present, I can email you a nice gift certificate that you can print and give to the giftee! Click here to drop me a line and I'll let you know how to proceed.
I HAD A GOOD time as the featured artist at the Jack Richardson Gallery in Onancock this past Friday, during the town's Art Walk.
I met lots of nice people who were interested in my painting. Many of them are artists, and it was fun to enlarge my circle of creative acquaintances here on the Shore.
Dog of the Day
Yes, I know it's a lot of Koko, but I'm a little in love...
Here she is snuggling with Smokey, her hero.
A Final Thought
"The only time I feel alive is when I'm painting."
- Vincent Van Gogh