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This past Christmas my family and I tried giving only homemade Christmas presents (with the exception of my husband who bought me a badly needed new camera). This went really well, and everyone had fun finding creative things to do for each other. In process of making a busy book for my two youngest girls I drew this sketch of Jesus:
This Portrait sketch of Jesus shows him as if in mid smile. You can almost see him moving with sparkle and life. A look of happy kindness in one and sorrow and compassion in the other.. One arm is forward as if either in a teaching moment or to reach out to someone and lift them up…
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I started out looking around at several other renditions of Jesus in my home and on the internet, that other artists have created, just to help me fix in my mind’s eye “this is what Jesus looks like.” Then I took a sheet of graph paper, since this was just going to be for my kids and only to transfer it to cloth later, and did a quick little sketch; however, I quickly regretted my choice of papers since the sketch turned out so well. Thankfully using my scanner and Paint.net made it pretty easy to remove the blue grid from the sketch. Making a really clean “coloring book” version of this sketch for the book, while still keeping the kind, but lively expression, was a bit problematic. It took some trial and error to figure out which lines could be removed or altered and which had to stay. I spent days making printouts, changing things, re-scanning, touching up on the computer and printing it out again before I had this final draft. Transferring the drawing to the fabric was accomplished with a permanent ink marker and a cut up printout of the picture that I traced like a puzzle onto the book page. (Yes I know it would have been less hassle to buy a transfer, but I was trying not to spend money).
The sketch turned out so well I printed out extra copies to send as Christmas cards and as presents for a select few people.
Just before Thanksgiving we had a light snowfall. The kids all headed outside to play in it and I took the camera out with them and got these shots of a couple rosebuds that were still on one of my rosebushes. The sunlight was just brilliant and made for some lovely shots.
Despite the fact that these were taken the day before Thanksgiving, these made me think of a line in a Christmas song about a Christmas rose–so I did some looking online and found that Christmas roses are not actually roses at all. They are in fact a Helleborus Niger, which is a poisonous winter blossoming plant with a flower that resembles a wild rose. I had never before heard any of the folktales about the Christmas Rose but there are several here if you are interested in reading them.
A pink rosebud, sprinkled with snow and sparkling white ice crystals, leans across a snow dusted patch of Oregon forest, stretching toward the wintry sun.
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