I was thinking about Christmas and what the season means to me. A painting I had created some time ago came into my mind. I still had all of the progress images, and thought it would be fun to share the progress of how it developed, and what I had learned. As usual I did not have a finished image in my mind when I began this painting. I simply trusted a painting would develop itself as I worked. The painting arrived in three stages, so I will be posting each stage over the next week. It began with a bear while pondering Christmas, “Believing in all that is good,” choosing faith over fear, and delighting in the cheerful anticipation.

Example; this morning I left my home early to arrive at the post office almost an hour before they opened just to get parking. There were a few spaces were available when I arrived. As I trundled my self and my heavy package into the lobby, the line of people were laughing and commenting how they thought they would be the first. Suddenly, the interior door opened. The postal workers had decided to open for business 45 minutes early for all of us! How great was that? Cheerful good will to all.

 What surprised me about painting the bear was that it was a minimalist application, yet appears to have so much detail. I used limited brushes, a broad wash brush, a smaller fine brush, and a brush called “nail.” Now for the friend.

Thank you

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  1. Wow! It’s a beautiful painting! 😍

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  2. Beautiful, thank you for sharing how it came to be. I love how a painting comes to life when the eyes are applied, the eyes are truly the window to the soul. ❤️

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  3. He is gorgeous and I love seeing it come together. Do you paint in oils?

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  4. Thank you Elaine, and you are so right! There is a magical moment when the eyes are completed, a presence of character arrives like a friend.

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  5. Thank you so much Fragglerocking! The next stages will start to tell the story. For years I painted watercolor and acrylics, and then I tried the challenge of painting digitally. This is a digital painting, I use the same method as watercolor and acrylic only with a wacom tablet. It’s a challenge and always surprising!

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  6. It looks really good. Is it a special Program, or photoshop?

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  7. Thanks! No special program, just photoshop!

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  8. Loved this! It is really great that you are translating your painting skills in a digital form. Great work! Keep going.:)

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  9. Thank you so much! And I thank you for the encouragement!

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  10. Thank you again, I really appreciate that!

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