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Three Ships on Christmas Day

    I wanted to take a minute to share with you a little about one of my new Christmas paintings, "Three Ships on Christmas Day." The title is inspired by an old Christmas carol , with the main refrain being "I saw Three Ships on Christmas Day, On Christmas Day, I saw Three Ships on Christmas Day, on Christmas Day in the Morning."
   With these words stirring around in my mind, I imagined a nautical themed Christmas painting, and mused that someone who would be very happy to see 3 ships arrive on Christmas Day would be a young mother awaiting the arrival of her sea fairing husband.
   So in this piece, the young mother is at the window in excitement as three little ships enter a snowy harbor (somewhere in New England, of course!) in the background there is a lighthouse, beckoning them to shore. In the cozy cottage there is a humble Christmas tree with a small gathering of gifts and a tea set, and on the wall is a silhouette of her beloved and a small cross and an anchor. Tucked down in a little cradle is her new baby in a homemade quilt.
   I think this was one of my favorite subjects to paint, marrying together many of my favorite things. And many of them can be left open to interpretation as you'd like---- three ships, three crosses? The anchor, for a sailor, or a symbol of Christ? Coming home to port? Family love and joyful expectation? Perhaps there is something in it you see that I havent even thought of.....
This piece is now available as a print AND I still have the original in my etsy shop! sleightholmfolk.etsy.com

  If you'd like to see a video of a choir singing this carol, I highly suggest this one:

  I'd also like to say a big THANK YOU to those of you who've purchased my calendar! I have been so pleased with its reception and hope you LOVE it! And if you're just now thinking about 2019-- I do still have a few calendars left in my shop!

   And before I go-- I'd like to mention that I'm getting ready to send out my newsletter if you'd like to sign up! You can go to THIS PAGE (or click the button on my sidebar) and fill out the info to get folk arty news in your inbox :)

Thanks so much, and happy November!~

Oklahoma Autumn

   Good afternoon, and Happy Halloween!
      I hope you're having a beautiful day where ever you are. Here, we are at full autumn color, and it looks like we're going to have a wonderful day for the Open House at Blue Heron this weekend!

   The other day I went for a little drive to see the landscape. The light was bright and beautiful and I wanted to make sure I enjoyed the color while I could. I took along my camera and wanted to snap some photos of the pretty things I saw around here....I wanted to look with fresh eyes, for myself, at this place I call home.

   Where I live in northeastern Oklahoma, the landscape is a little different than what you might think of as Oklahoma. We have open fields that are beautiful, but we also have densely treed hills and shaded valleys, since the last fingertips of the Ozark Mountains are in this area.

   I drove down country roads familiar to me, the car ride to school, the old road near my grandparents house....trying to take it all in and enjoy.

   I've noticed that Oklahoma is not one of those 'must see destination' states. Many articles I read about it seem to be pleasantly surprised that there's anything to see here other than cows and a tumbleweed ever so often (and we dont really even have those!) Our history, aside from that dark time when many Native Americans were forced to walk here on the Trail of Tears, is not taught much in school-- even our own schools.  And I started wondering if maybe I could help change that perception, and reveal some jewels about this place where 'the wind comes sweeping down the plain...'

   So that is my mission this autumn. To see the beauty here and enjoy it. To share it here, with you.

    Because there are some very lovely, and interesting, and breath catching moments out here....in the landscape, and in my own garden, on my own little porch (with a kitty or two for company...)

    So I hope that I can share more with you. And in the process, I can fall a little more in love in this place I call home.

Autumn blessings, friends!~