These are the three little paintings I managed to finish for the three little girls - there is a surprising amount of work in them, but I ended up being quite pleased with them. I very rarely do such semi-realistic flowers but somehow the fact that they were meant for three little very adorable four year old girls - who love pink - seemed to require that. What kind of flowers are they? I have no idea except that an image of either roses or peonies played in my head, so that is the closest I can get - they are entirely imaginary.
I ran hopelessly out of time and was unable to produce new paintings for the three boys but was fortunate enough to have three of the little turquoise abstracts from November - and they were just perfect. In fact I showed one of them to my youngest grandson (age seven) a few weeks before Christmas and he was quite impressed with it and in fact said - totally without prompting - that he would really like to have one like that for his room! He is a very honest and thoughtful little guy and there is no doubt that he meant it.
Looking back I am very glad that I did this as this is something that they will have and - hopefully cherish as they get older - for years to come. I had a little extra thing for them that totally disappeared in an orgy of gift opening - it was actually hilarious - and their parents will sort everything out and organize things in a sensible way in the days to come. Their parents were very pleased with the paintings and my son-in-law actually said, that he wished that he had something like this that HIS grandmother had given him when he was a kid - something to remember her by.
And now Christmas is over with all the family get-together as well as the lovely traditional foods and stuff, and I can say that I really enjoyed it, but that I have needed a few days to recover! All this activity leaves me exhausted - and now I am looking forward to picking up my brushes and paints and getting back into the quiet of the studio again - with my favourite music playing softly. Bliss!