Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Australian Christmas

In 1994 I was invited to be in a Christmas themed art show at our World Trade Center, at the foot of Canal Street - across from Harrah's. This small exhibit was on one side of the front lobby. The other side had the traditional large Christmas tree, train and traintrack that encircled the tree.

Since the show was at our World Trade Center, we were asked to select a country and look up information on how that country celebrated Christmas. For this show I chose Australia. First of all it is summer down there at Christmas. The beach is a popular place to be. There is "Caroling by Candlelight" on the beach. So, I focused on the candlelight tradition. Painting in an Aboriginal style, I used dots to capture the effect of lights - candles and stars. An aunt who is often critical of my work told me she was buying it. It now hangs in her kitchen.

Besides the sale, I had a lot of positive feedback from artists and non-artists when it hung in the show. In spite of all that, I did not pursue making more dot paintings. There were other methods I wanted to try first.

acrylic on canvas, 12" x 16"


  1. Absolutely Lovely! Great work! I hope that you get back to the dot paintings after you have worked on experimented with other methods! It does give a wonderful feel of light which I think is captivating!*HUGS*

  2. Angela:

    Don’t worry. I did finish one dot painting last week and I will post it very soon. Also, I have started the first coat on the next batch. My process is kind of slow, unfortunately. The dots are the critical part. I have to make sure they work.

    Light is the key to art, photography and film. I enjoy playing with it in all three areas.

    Again, HUGS back,

    Mo ; )