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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Santa Claus Nativity Paintings: Completed



Wise Men Still Seek Him I
11 x 14", Oil on canvas
Rita Salazar Dickerson (c) 2011
Wise Men Still Seek Him, II
11 x 14", Oil on canvas
Rita Salazar Dickerson (c) 2011
Wise Men Still Seek Him, II
11 x 14", Oil on canvas
Rita Salazar Dickerson (c) 2011




Wise Men Still Seek Him I, II, and III
11x14", Oil on canvas
The Series Completed
Rita Salazar Dickerson (c) 2011 



Creating a series of three Santa Claus paintings, a project that started in September and ended in December, has been interesting, challenging and extremely enjoyable. Each painting was designed specifically for the client with their special interests in mind. 

In Santa #1, it was the figurine  at the window with Santa kneeling in prayer in front of the nativity.

In Santa #2, with Santa still kneeling, I added three Nutcrackers on the radio, a Hess fire truck on the floor by Santa's bag, and the famous leg lamp from the movie, A Christmas Story, at the window. 

In Santa #3, the window was replaced by a fireplace with personalized stockings hanging above the hearth, Gund teddy bears on the mantel, and multiple clocks added on the walls. Instead of a nativity, a vintage Lionel train and a large baby Jesus replaced it beneath the tree. 
Adding these personal touches to each painting and varying some of the colors kept things interesting and original. 

Each time a painting leaves my studio(especially the ones that are given as gifts), I try to imagine where it will go and how it is received. I look forward to hearing the stories on these three.

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