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    Good morning, my friends!~
          As this is the week of Thanksgiving here in the States, I thought it was the perfect time to talk a little bit about this painting I created this year, Christmas Eve Kitchen (which, by the way, I still have the original of! And prints and cards! Check my shop) .

    The idea of this painting is a family preparing a table full of goodies for a Christmas Eve celebration in an old New England style kitchen. I wanted to create something that was endlessly cozy....a scene that I myself wanted to step into. Its also a scene mixing past and present, a theme that is always present with us at Christmas. The people in this old fashioned room are 'modern', although in a way that compliments the old fashioned look of the room. They are of the present, but in harmony with the past. That's something I love!

  Funnily enough, the room in this painting is inspired by a real room....from a photo in a deliciously vintage Country Living Magazine from the 80s. Over the years I've collected old copies of the magazine, especially from the 80s and 90s when it was still more primitive and not so sleek (or full of rich people from NYC buying country homes in Vermont and gutting them....) There was a photo of an old fashioned New England kitchen that just spoke to my heart and was the jumping off point for this piece....I used the bones of that kitchen to set the scene, then added my own people and dressed it up for Christmas. It was really lots of fun, and a method I hope to use again and again! (Now I can buy old Country Livings for business purposes, right!?!)

  Some of my favorite parts of the scene are the dried flowers hanging from the rafters and the old fire place....the Christmas tree with the real candles lit in the next room were something I added from my own fancy and hey, when you're painting, you're not worried about fire on a tree in the other room, right?!?!

   I hope you enjoy this painting as well, as I had a great time creating it. Maybe it speaks to your heart, especially if you love a little old fashioned tradition in this modern world....

~H

Glastonbury Market this Saturday!

Hi friends,
   Just popping in to let you know that I'll be selling my art--- including originals, prints, cards and my calendar at the Glastonbury Market at St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church in Tulsa, OK this Saturday! There will also be a cafe serving amazing homecooked food for lunch and snacks! St. Dunstan's isnt far from Woodland Hills and all that major shopping so if you're out buying for the holidays--- stop in! See some unique things, have lunch or just say hi! There's NO admission fee! And this is my last event of 2018 :)

  Hope to see you there!~
H