This is a little painting that I just put the finishing touches on yesterday. I’ve called it “Candle Light Prayers.” I think it’s one of my most special Christmas paintings yet, because there are so many little things going on, so much pattern and color but also meaning and significance.
One thing I love about making pictures is creating stories. And I think this piece is rich in story. When I made it, I had in mind a mother and a daughter celebrating a quiet Christmas Eve in a little rustic cabin. They light a special candle holder that is only brought out for special occasions that casts a comforting yellow gold over beloved family icons. From these little flames they also light their own candles and with each created flame they say a little prayer.
Perhaps they are deep in the forests of Russia, or perhaps they are pioneers in a new land recreating rituals from home on a special night. The meaning and the occasion, really, is up to your imagination. And I like that.
I hope this reminds you of your own special and quiet rituals and brings to mind a more simply celebrated holiday.