Miss Moon Was A Dog Governess. Lesson Twelve: Make The Most Of Whatever The Weather May Bring. Oil on canvas, 11″x14″. Sold.
I had fun with this one. In fact, she may be my favourite Miss Moon for the moment. Perhaps it’s because she seems caught in an uncharacteristic moment of unbridled joy. I think she’s screaming, but John thinks she’s singing Christmas carols. We had a minor argument over it and I think I won.
Can anyone else only think of the amount of wet scarves, hats and mittens that she will have to contend with later on? I had flashbacks to elementary school- just after recess when you had to hang up wet snowsuits and mittens and the puddles they made- not to mention the musty smell of wet wool emanating from the cloakroom. Then there was always the feeling of dismay at the end of the school day when you had to put the damp hats and scarves back on to go home. I just wrote ‘cloakroom’ didn’t I? Do they even use that term anymore? I’m so out of date. I don’t own a cellular telephone, and I say ‘cloakroom’. Time to go watch ‘Little House On the Prairie’.
This month I had big plans to hibernate. The kind of hibernation that calls for unflattering pajama pants, cups of hot chocolate laced with brandy, a hefty stack of magazines, and more than just a few sugar cookies. For reasons that I don’t even want to mention as they are so painfully obvious, this December has turned out to be a very somber one and perhaps the urge to hibernate may not have been such a bad idea. Yet, as the month unfolded, these great plans for escape vanished as Christmas orders kept coming in and my social calendar unexpectedly filled up. Finally the other night just as John and I put our feet up after shipping out what appeared to be the last big batch of Christmas orders, John came up with the clever idea to watch ‘The Red Shoes’. I know, it’s a strange suggestion coming from a man, but his taste in film seems to run the gamut from classics like ‘The Red Shoes’ to ‘Silent Night, Deadly Night’- which fortunately I’ve been spared from watching.
The strange truth is that I have never seen ‘The Red Shoes’. It always eluded me until John purchased the Criterion Collection copy of the film a short time ago. I knew that I would love it if I ever got the chance to see it as I’ve gleaned enough from film stills and quick excerpts to know that it was a film for me. I wasn’t disappointed. It’s a stunning film with a very unsettling undercurrent. A true fairytale. You are never unaware that something dark and shadowy hovers around the pretty edges of the story but doesn’t really present itself until the end. It’s a very painterly film as well. Not just with the set design (how I love to see painted sets) but with the colours throughout the movie- vivid reds, pastel pinks and icy blues. And I can tell you, Moira Shearer’s fantastic hairstyle has already made an appearance in a painting that I’m working on. It felt so good to feel the tingle of inspiration again.
It’s clear that this holiday season will not be a joyous one for many people but I hope everyone finds a little room for escapism whether it be through spending time with family and friends, or simply reading a great book or watching a spectacular film. Cups of hot chocolate laced with brandy wouldn’t hurt either.
Under the Mistletoe, oil on canvas board, 8″x10″. Sold.
Here is a little more Christmas for you. Thanks everyone for another great Black Friday Event. Hopefully it helped some of you get a jump on the festive shopping season. I spent last weekend doing a little etsy shopping myself. For me, this Christmas is all about quirky calendars, animal stationary, pencils with weird sayings, books, books, books, food and plenty of delicious wine.
It’s The Thought That Counts, 8″x10″, oil on canvas. Sold.
For those of you who like to get into the Christmas mood a little early, here is one for you. I feel a little sorry for these guys. I think they were expecting toys or treats or something fun but instead they get socks, scarves, earmuffs and hats. Do they really need them? The dogs seem a little confused but the cat is clearly angry. Oh and since I tend to paint only purebred dogs (how snooty am I?) I decided to try and include a Cocker Spaniel/ Corgi mix….not sure if that came across?
I won’t be doing Christmas cards this year- I know, not very festive. The main issue is that our printer gets really temperamental with card stock. I’m not sure why- I think the ends curl up and drag some of the ink along. It usually results in more waste than anything and I figure my patience and sanity is running a little low these days so why push it.