Christmas Paintings in Acrylic on Canvas

Ideas for Christmas Artwork

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

Small box canvases painted in acrylic- Robin,  Christmas tree  and  snow covered village scenes.
The box canvas Christmas decorations

I love this time of year but the downside is not having enough time to paint as well as get the house Christmas ready, buy and wrap the pressies, decorate the tree and so on.

So it’s a good idea to : 1] Paint pictures and Christmas card designs the year before and then have them printed in time to send this year.

A watercolour painting of a boy dragging home this year's Christmas tree in the forest. A forest landscape.
This year’s tree

And the second strategy is to recycle artwork from previous years, dust them off and arrange them somewhere different in the house.

Mother and child walking through the snow  to the  Christmas service at church
Going to Church

Last year, I took part in the Angel Festival of Hoylandswaine church with my art group. The church looked brilliant – full of beautiful angels.

A traditional angel  walking down the path from Heaven to Earth .
Angel of Peace

I got so enthused this year that I arranged an angel painting evening at Barnsley and District Art Society. It was great fun. See more angels in my January post ‘ Warning – Mythical Creatures About ‘

Angel in a golden robe

And I did it all before the festive season to cut down on creative stress.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Bright Nights – Light Installation

Christmas Light Show at Barnsley Town Hall 2019

Barnsley Town Hall at night with red, purple and blue light installation
Moody Blue and Purple
*The silhouette of the  Unknown Soldier against the red and blue light installation.
The Unknown Soldier

I went to Barnsley Bright Nights Festival at the weekend. It was very spectacular – there were lots of installations around the Town Hall area. Barnsley Town Hall itself was used for a stunning laser light display, focusing on the windows in this splendid building. My photos don’t really capture the beauty of the changing colours but, even so, they gave me some inspiration for Abstract Art compositions. The two photos above made me want to create a painting based on the idea of extra bright blocks of colour against a jet black background. ( Keep an eye on the Abstract section of my Gallery – you never know what might turn up ! )

The Unknown Soldier against the blood red light
Blood Red
The tower of the Town Hall in silver and the Christmas tree in blue - a really Bright Night !
Silver, Red and Blue

The floodlighting of the building in a deep red was particularly effective. The idea of blood dripping down over the scene was quite moving. Especially so as the First World War monument, showing the Unknown Soldier on a tall plinth, was silhouetted against the red.

I think I might combine some of the elements of both of the photos above into one painting. So many ideas, so little time !

A photo of the Earth  in the  Gaia installation at Barnsley  college  , taken from the  balcony above it
The Beautiful World

The Gaia installation in the Barnsley College was ‘out of this world ‘ if you know what I mean. It was suspended in space from the top of the huge atrium. As we walked up the winding staircase, we could see it from all angles. And if that doesn’t convince people of the urgency of our situation, I don’t know what would.

But quite apart from climate change worries, the beautiful globe of green, blue and quite a lot of brown ( taken from NASA photos ) set me thinking about swirling shapes, wispy clouds and the Deep Blue. Quite a lot of inspiration for one day.