December 14, 2006

EDM #97 Past Christmas Present

Many years ago (1984?) I spotted this hand carved wooden Santa/sleigh and reindeer in a Christmas shop - It was quite expensive and as a young mother with a young, struggling family - Way out of my price range. My mother was shopping with me and on an even tighter budget than I (as an older single woman struggling with New England oil bills, etc). She noted how "my eyes lit up at the sight of that quaint Santa". He appeared under my tree wrapped with a modest bow that year. Every year since he comes out for our Christmas holiday. My children remember him well and recount how they broke the antlers several times ;-). My mother is gone now and left me very few bits of memorabilia, BUT when I bring out this winsome guy, she is with us again.

8 comments:

Teri C said...

Very sweet and such a wonderful memory!!

Lin said...

What a touching memory and wonderfully rendered sketch! The holidays sure seem to bring out the memories! I am so delighted that you sketched such a meaningful piece!

Casey said...

Very nice post. Thanks for sharing that with us.

Anonymous said...

I like the spread of the painting across both pages. In terms of a finishing detail, what about a simple ground line to show the horizon? (That is, unless the reindeer is flying....smile.)

Anonymous said...

Whoops, forgot to say-from Ari-Asha

Anonymous said...

Ari-Asha

Anonymous said...

Such a beautiful story. Thank you so much for sharing it.

Alison said...

Isn't it lovely to be able to catch such memories and images with a few lines and a bit of colour - so satisfying to share with others too.