Pastel painting

Jingle Bell

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The Mid-Atlantic Pastel Society, of which I am a member, asked it’s membership to create a little-bitty painting with a holiday theme that will be added to a wreath which will then be donated to the Glen Allen Arts Center. I think it’s a fund raiser for the Arts Center and since we, as a group, are not meeting there, MAPS felt it was a small thing to ask of us.

At first, I didn’t think I would have the time. But then I realized it is so itty-bitty, it didn’t need to have a ton of detail and I agreed to do one. And it’s tiny – just 2 1/4 by 3 1/4 (it’s on a 2 1/2 inch by 3 1/2 inch piece of sanded paper. I used a sample piece that I also got from a MAPS meeting. I looked around my studio and found one of my jingle bells (originally from a big bag of bells used in a different project) and a bit of red ribbon. I knew it had to be pretty simple. I laid it on a piece of old white sheet and took a photo.

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Then I cut the paper down and drew my margins and within an hour, had my little painting. It was sort of fun and I think I’ll do a few more to put in Christmas shows here and there. It turned out to be just over life-sized.

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And here is a photo with a ruler to give you an idea of how small this thing really is.

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