The Christmas Spirit
Oil and gouache on canvas, 12x12
One day last week, I set out for Wal-Mart, feeling grumpy and un-Christmas-like. For the moment, I'd lost my gratitude. I was unhappy with myself for feeling put-upon, feeling far away from the Christian feelings the season usually evokes in me.
I turned from the Wachapreague Road onto Route 13, and in the gathering dusk, saw this old, beaten-down trailer, with Christmas lights shining in the windows.
In that moment, my whole spirit changed. Those people, who clearly don't have much, had enough Christmas spirit to light the long, dark lights with their faith and their love. They changed my outlook, fully and completely. They brought Christmas back to me. When this painting is dry, I'm going to give it to them.
Thank you for the gifts you've given me - your attention, your support, your words, your encouragement. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog and share it with your friends.
Merry Christmas to you all!
A Final Thought
"Nature is not only all that is visible to the eye. It also includes the inner pictures of the soul."
- Edvard Munch