Seven Minutes Before Christmas

Christmas, clock, family, fireplace, Hidden Santa, holidays, realism in watercolor, Santa, Santa's Shadow, stocking stuffers, Sztukowski, watercolour
It’s probably the last Christmas painting for this season. 
Why Seven Minutes? I don’t know. 
As if somebody was moving my brush to place the clock-hands to that position. 

And here is a funny story: 
 I had to make the background wash several times.  Strathmore watercolor paper is not as pretty as Arches. It needs a lot of work and skill to have the wash the Artist want. So, when I was satisfied with the wash, moved on to the details of the fireplace (practically had to “build” that thing brick by brick) and so on; when I took picture and looked at the background I realized that there is a shadow (reflected on the wall)… Guess who is that?!! Right! That’s why my hand moved the clock to Seven Minutes Before Christmas :0)
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Oh, and later I made a cute Christmas card out of this painting with the holiday greetings:



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Original Painting is 12″x16″ Watercolor on Strathmore Series 400 paper 


In Every Piece Of My Art There Is A Piece Of My Heart And A Sparkle Of My Soul

2 thoughts on “Seven Minutes Before Christmas

  1. Dear Irina:) How I love this Christmas painting! The colors are so bright and cheerfull. That shadow: isn't that lovely? No coincidence here!!! I love the way you handled the flames in the fire place (yeh, where else?:) Your christmas cards are so beautiful. Wonderful!!

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