The Northern Christmas Llama Was Elusive But Generous In Nature



The Northern Christmas Llama Was Elusive But Generous In Nature, oil on canvas, 8″x10″. SOLD.

To be honest, I don’t really know if this is really a llama, never mind a proper ‘Northern Christmas Llama’.  I was studying quite a few pictures of llamas before I started painting this and I was left very disorientated and confused.  Physically, they don’t make any sense, and each llama is very different from the next. I doubt two are the same. And what is the difference between a llama and an alpaca?  All I know is that I want one now, just so I can study it further and possibly cuddle it.  But, do they bite is my only worry.

And speaking of biters, I really thought this week we were going to lose Daisy (our 20 year old cat).  First off, I want to mention that I did not name her.  Not that I have a problem with the name Daisy, but it never suited her.  She appeared on John’s doorstep sixteen years ago, a stray, and quite pregnant.  John and his ex took her in, and someone named her Daisy. But, she’s really more of a Joan, or a Betty, or a Jean, or maybe even an Eliza.  She’s more of a dame than a flower.  We took her to the vet with a bladder infection and she basically came back with a terrible cold.  I didn’t know that cats could get colds- at least the kind with snorting congestion.  It was terrible to watch, not to mention listen to.  She stopped eating, stopped sleeping and sat in an uncomfortable crouch position and looked like she wanted to end it.  Then the vet shot her up with steroids and she’s moved on to her 55th cat life. In fact, she’s happily eating leftover brisket as I type this.

So in a very long winded way, this is also an explanation as to why there isn’t another Miss Moon Christmas painting yet.  I’ve been so busy being a nursemaid which included force feeding stinky fishy cat food through a syringe, only to have it expelled back onto me, as well as bouts of cat mind reading, trying to suss out whether or not she wanted to continue on in this world or not. Fortunately for us, we have her for a little longer.

12 Responses to “The Northern Christmas Llama Was Elusive But Generous In Nature”

  1. OH! She is delightful! I know nothing about llamas, but she certainly looks like one to me.

  2. Love the Christmas Llama! Hopefully there will be a print. Sorry I missed the original.

  3. Glad to hear the kitty is better. My Nora died when she was 20. I still miss her. I am the proud new owner of the Christmas Llama. By serendipity, I was cruising Etsy right when you listed her. Not sure I really understand the difference between a llama and alpaca either. But, I can always find alpaca yarn for knitting and I can’t remember ever seeing llama yarn….

  4. it’s a perfectly beautiful and wonderful Llama! and I’m so sorry Daisy/Joan has been ill but so happy she is feeling better thanks to your love and care. I’ve said it a million times, but I love everything you create! Merry Christmas to you and yours. 🙂

  5. Sorry about kitty, I hope she makes it to 56 and 57 lives 🙂 This llama reminds me of one of your ladies, all elegant and fluttery eyelashes. I just got an alpaca scarf and it is definitely cozy albeit slightly fibrous. I believe that alpacas are slightly friendlier and perhaps, fibrous.

  6. Bruce Watson

    It’s definitely a llama. Alpacas are silly-looking (kinda ditsy) and much smaller than llamas (about 5 feet tall, same as me). They’re furrier and their fur is very soft. I love the Christmas llama painting!

    • Thank you for your interest in my work! I’m sold out of all available work at the moment, but please keep an eye on my blog or facebook feed to find out when a new piece is available!


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