Santa arrived in a very modern sleigh...a heavy duty truck with reindeer painted on the sides! With his bag of toys and his jingling walking stick, complete with antler, he proudly donned his red velvet coat, Santa belt buckle, and shiny black boots...labeled "S" and "C".
I haven't done a painting from a model in a LONG time (well, acrylic painting...I have done some watercolor sketches). I was using an 11" x 14" multi-media board. It's a Masonite board that's primed and has the texture of canvas. The paint dried very quickly and I was able to layer paint without waiting too long on drying time. There was so much to paint! I loved all of the colors in the white fur collar and on Santa's thick beard.
A couple of my fab fellow painters! (If you listen closely you can hear the Christmas music in the background)
Santa checking out my progress...I hope he likes it! I don't want coal in my stocking!
This is as far as I got in the 3 hours last night. I think Santa is sitting comfortably, although I need to add more chair - maybe the back and the leg on the right, so he doesn't look like he's floating. I'm also thinking about glazing the background with a warmer color...I love the blues, but maybe they are too strong? And a few more details in the gloves and boots. Overall, I'm glad I got as far as I did.
Santa...you were a wonderful model!
Even though we were all "grown ups" last night, there's nothing like being in the presence of Santa. You couldn't help but smile, laugh and have a great time. And whether you believe in Santa or not, there's no denying that our visitor last night captured everything that makes Santa special - a kind soul, a gentle spirit, and a Love for all human beings. Now that's something to believe in.