So, I decided to make Grandpa a Christmas gift this year, and after scanning my brain, came up with the idea of painting Santa. Memories of Christmas at Grandma and Grandpa's, lying under the Christmas tree, staring at the presents, and sleeping by the tree in the soft glow of the Christmas lights bring a rush of nostalgia that is atypical of someone like me---I'm so absorbed in my current happy that memories are something I don't usually delve into.
I wanted to capture that Christmas spirit in this painting.
This is my first ever larger-than-ATC-sized oil painting.
I love how oil is so pliable, long after the paint has been laid down! I can make things just the way I want them, after hours and even days of staring at the painting to figure out how to fix problem spots just right.
Just for fun, here's the sketch I drew as an underlayment before painting. The drawing is all original.
I mailed it yesterday, framed and everything, and it should arrive to Grandpa in plenty of time for Christmas!
As always, comments and criticism are very welcome.