“A Christmas Favorite”

A Christmas Favorite

This is my official Christmas Painting for 2014. I love poinsettias and must admit that there is one in almost every holiday painting I have completed. I have been creating a new painting for Christmas each year since 1993.

There is an old legend from Mexico about the flower, that I will share with you, my reader. It was Christmas Eve and all of the townspeople were taking their gifts to the church to be given to the Christ Child. One little peasant boy, who was very poor knelt in the snow and cried because he did not have anything, at all, to give to the baby Jesus. Suddenly, right there, where his tears had been falling in the snow the most beautiful red flower grew. He picked his prize, took it into the church and laid it at the foot of the cradle, where all of the people gathered around astonished at the miracle. The flower became known as the flower of the Night and was later given the name poinsettia.


“Grand Canyon” South Rim


On another of my stops, on my way to California, this summer of 2015, I had the opportunity to stop and have my first look at the Grand Canyon.  While time was short and I could only stay a few hours, never have I been more aware or affected by the beauty of the Southwest region of the United States.  Standing on the South Rim of the canyon, looking out over the rugged landscape of this untamed area filled me with a sense of awe.  It called me to try to capture it on my canvas.  I knew that doing so would not be an easy journey, for me as a painter, even if the changing colors and fabulous shapes were a feast for my eyes.  I chose, carefully,  the out cropping with the tree on it as my focal point, being sure that a great deal of the canyon could be seen beyond.

To view this episode of Painting Journeys please click on “Grand Canyon” South Rim.