When we had our family’s Christmas celebration recently, one of my grandsons ran up to me as soon as he was in the door and handed me a painting he had done and told me it was my Christmas present. This was obviously an abstract painting, not usually my style. But I saw an idea in the painting immediately (not necessarily what he had in mind). With the bold strokes of gold, white and brown against a black background I saw in it an idea of what the sky on that first Christmas night must have looked like.
But having a more realistic approach to art, I wanted to make its meaning more clear. So when I had time I looked through the Christmas cards I had received last year (I keep them a year to see who sent cards to me) and the cards we had received this year and found two images in the right colors that I liked, that of an angel and the three wise men. I also found the word “peace” attached to one of the cards.
First I found a gold frame with glass among my stash of frames and cut the painting to fit it. I cut out the angel with a scissors. Cutting out the wise men was more difficult, but an exacto knife helped. Then using a glue stick I attached them to the painting along with the word “Peace.” When I decorate for the Christmas season next year, that painting will be hanging in my dining room.