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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

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!~
h