December 16, 2010

"Christmas Bells"

“Christmas Bells”
Original ACEO painting
2½”X3½” – official aceo size
Winsor Newton oil paint & colored pencil
Strathmore illustration board treated with gesso ground
Edges painted black
December 2010
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Gus Mouse has the Christmas bell detail.  His task is to hang all the bells on the tree and make sure they are securely tied. This is a much honored position on the decorating team because (of course as everybody knows) every time you hear a bell ring an angel gets his wings.

“'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;”………
But that’s not exactly true because Santa’s little mouse Christmas tree decorating team is very busy at work, for it is their job to make sure that all the Christmas trees are fully decorated by Christmas morning.

For this one, I used gesso treated Strathmore illustration board, drew out my design in colored pencil and then did my painting with oil paint.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There's a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.