This is my first Christmas painting! It's a 10.5"x13.5" still-life of a handful of bird tree ornaments. We have quite a few, and I like how they are kind of seasonless. I wanted to create a holiday painting that would be tolerable year-round, and I ended up with something that can be interpreted as a secular or religious image. More on that in a bit. Here's how it came together.
These birds have a variety of textures, from the feathery peacocks and hummingbird, which at the time Jeff insisted looked furious, to the cardinal that's made of some kind of straw-like fiber, to the puffy white bird that's covered with sleet and glitter, to the T-1000-looking crystal bird in the center. It's the only bird above that was truly finished. I had extra stuff to add to the rest of them, but I was suprised by how quickly the picture was progressing after a few days' work. During this time, Jeff and I made a video for my BRAND NEW YOUTUBE CHANNEL!
Yes. I've decided to follow in my sister's massive, canyon-like footsteps and am giving YouTube a shot! The channel is called "Art Food Kitty" and will cover things like arts, foods, and kitties. It's a video version of this blog, and I'll show art demonstrations and sped-up paintings, favorite recipes (once we get the lighting in the kitchen figured out and stop hating the way we look and sound on camera), and plenty of gratuitous shots of our darling cats. Jeff and I are excited about this and it's currently occupying a lot of brain space. I've already had YouTube dreams/nightmares every night this week. Wheeee!
Our first video is embedded at the bottom of this post. But please read the next couple of paragraphs. I'll make it brief!
Moving right along: a couple of days ago I added a sparkly star near the center and a glittery pine cone under the hummingbird. Along the bottom: some greenery I pulled off one of our trees and arranged on top of a red Christmas stocking. Also in there: a blue light. At his point the stocking still needed work--I had to add shadows on the flat areas near the right side.
This watercolor is already in a frame! I'm calling it Winged Nativity because as I mentioned earlier, this painting can be interpreted as secular or religious. On the surface, this is a
grouping of cute birds on some greenery, a red stocking, and some
aluminum foil. But if you want to dig deeper, it's a non-traditional
nativity scene. The white bird and cardinal
are Mary and Joseph (note their gold cord halos). The otherworldly
crystal bird is the baby Jesus. He is tucked under a star, wears a
glittery crown, and beneath him is a light. The hummingbird offers him a
golden pine cone, and the two other kings are peacocks. (Perhaps they
have misplaced their frankincense and myrrh and are looking for it.)
Would you like a print? You can absolutely get it as a print! Click this thing!
And now, I'd like to begin the very soft, very slow roll-out of Art Food Kitty. PLEASE SUBSCRIBE AND SHARE and watch this channel evolve! Will it ever get better? Will I figure out how to paint without my frizzy hair getting in the way of the camera (sorry about that)? Will our marriage implode over the inevitable artistic differences? Will the dreaded comments section destroy our very souls? Will our cats become superstars and leave Jeff and me in the dust? You know you want to get in on the ground floor of this thing!
Thanks in advance for watching. :)