Acrylic on canvas, copyright 2008
I am glad about that, and I won't miss the crowds that have clogged the freeways and shopping centers all month long.
I will tell you that when I paint in December I feel I should be painting something that looks like December, you know, snow, fir trees, poinsettias, things like that.
But I rarely do. I painted today's image back in 2008, and I think that was the last time I painted snow. I suppose I would never make it as a Christmas card artist.
I actually paint less in December than I do in other months. Strange. Maybe it's the waning light as the winter solstice arrives in the northern hemisphere that makes it more difficult for me to keep painting. It's just too dark to paint by daylight after 4:00 p.m. Of course, I could just turn on the light, but I don't.
There also seems to be less time to paint--there's the planning and the shopping and the decorating, and everything else that's going on.
Whatever the reason, December always makes me paint this way.