Thursday, November 29, 2012

Wassailing Woodworkers

This is another curiotype for A.Word.A.Day. It was really challenging (but fun) to paint because of all the teeny-tiny tools. I cribbed them from Joseph's workbench in Campin's Mérode Altarpiece.

'Tis the season for maximum mess-making around here. I love making gifts, but as always when I'm in the midst of an interesting project, I seem to develop a severe case of mess-blindness. Between all the crafting, Etsy packaging, card-making, decorating, gift-wrapping & artwork, my studio tends to build up quite an alarming residue of tools & materials as Christmas approaches.

By Christmas Eve I always feel exhausted, overwhelmed by the surrounding detritus, yet giddy with some sort of seasonal magic. I figure Santa's elves must feel the same way. Also, I think a little celebratory beverage can make clean-up time a lot more bearable, don't you?

Good Wassail to all of you lovely oddment-hunters!

Acrylic on text (scanned from an old dictionary) on canvas, 6" x 6"


  1. You are so inspiring! I saw this illustration this morning and had a big smile. I have not started anything on Christmas yet but this morning someone called me a heathen and pagan because I greeted her a Merry Christmas. Hahahaha!

  2. Wonderful !! Just couldn't resist a 'w' word and as always I love the extra W's you have managed to get into the piece. I enjoy my AWAD very much and having your artwork there is like getting a delightful dessert each day.

  3. LOVE the warmth of this piece! Both in the tones and the apparent joy & camaraderie!! As always, incredible detail!

  4. This fabulous, festive piece, and your accompanying words capture the spirit of the season so well. I love the intricacies of the tools; well, I love the whole thing. Let the exhausting-but-merry season begin!