Monday, December 28, 2009

Moon Shadow

Moon Shadow
18x24
Pastel

Ah, my favorite part of the holiday season is now - between Christmas and New Years Day. The twinkling lights are still up and there is a feeling of hushed contentment. It's time to reflect and make plans for the coming year.

As part of my nostalgic mood, I'm showing this pastel that I did about nine years ago. This has been a nostalgic Christmas. My brother took out some slides that my parents took of us when we were young children and we viewed them on Christmas Eve. It's a bittersweet time of year for most of us. We can't help but miss all of those who are now gone.

But it's also a time to be grateful and look ahead with faith and hope. I hope you all have a Happy and Blessed New Year!

19 comments:

Betsy said...

This is my favorite time, too...this whole week. It's quiet, no activities, and we just hibernate and relax. Such a welcome change from the last month of craziness! I enjoyed writing notes on my 2010 calendar today and nibbling on leftover goodies, still on the buffet table. Ahhh.

Your painting is beautiful...as always....I love how you've captured the depth of the woods...lovely.

Enjoy your lovely week! :)

Nora Kasten said...

Janelle,
I really like your "Moon Shadow" and your words are always inspiring. I really like you.
May 2010 be a year of wonderful blessings for you and your loved ones.
Nora

Manon Doyle said...

Hey Janelle,

This is such a lovely piece!! My best to you this new year!!

rahina q.h. said...

just wonderful piece Janelle: there is a tightness yet a looseness that works so well to add to the atmosphere of this.

Joan Sicignano Artist said...

Hi Janelle, beautifully written and beautifully painted. Thank you for sharing.

Celeste Bergin said...

I agree with your last two posts--Christmas is a time when our thoughts go back to those no longer with us..(I bet that slideshow was fun!) and I agree that this week is such a relief after all the hub-bub. Christmas has gotten so out of hand! -- one scrawny turkey and one gift used to be fine! (not really, but you know what I mean) lol. I like this pastel..it's cold but warm........ just like matters pertaining to the holidays!

Double "D" said...

Beautiful piece Janelle,

It brings back many memories from treks in the woods as a boy. Standing quietly leaning against a tree listening for any sound of birds, deer or nothing.
Listen to the trees creaking in the wind. You've captured it all in this painting.

Thanks for sharing, and pray for peace
or at least, calm.

Kathleen Krucoff said...

Lovely sentiment Janelle. I find that I'm being rather reflective right now too and looking forward to what 2010 has to offer. Wishing you a Happy & Blessed New Year too. Thank you for all you have shared with us.

Celeste Bergin said...

forgot to mention--I love that title moon shadow--I might have to borrow that one day!

Victor Errington said...

Hi Janelle.
this painting is fantastic. I rate it as my favourite out of all that I have seen of yours. It`s brilliant. All the best Janelle.
Vic.

Janelle Goodwin said...

Hi Betsy - Yes, last month was crazy! Everyone finished the peanut clusters, they were a big hit! I need to start a Betsy's recipe file!

Hi Nora, That picture of you is so sweet! Thank you. I think you're an amazing art, so that means a lot to me!

Hi Manon, I'm so glad to get acquainted with you and your artwork this year!

Hi Rahina, Funny you mentioned the tightness yet looseness. When I was doing pastels, it was much easier to get detail in. Thanks!

Hi Joan, Thanks for your kind words, always.

Hi Celeste, Yes, it seems things used to be a lot simpler. Yes, go ahead a borrow the title. It was thinking of the Cat Stevens song, remember that one (ha).

Hi Doug, I visited your blog and was impressed by your watercolors! I also suspect you have a wonderful poetic side. Thanks!

Hi Kathleen, Thank you for sharing your journey with us this year. I'm so happy to know you!

Hi Victor - I've always been a little puzzled about this painting. It seems to be a big hit with the men in my family. Thank you. Your comment means a lot to me.

FireLight said...

By the 29th, I finally feel a bit rested, sigh....
You have described these days exactly. Your "old" painting is just what I needed to see!
Peace be with you in the coming year!

neetzy said...

My favorite time is when Christmas is over. I feel like I can finally rest! I've been painting a lot this week. I love the pastel. I bought a set of Rembrandt pastels when Dick Blick was closing its local store. I can't wait to try them. Keep on painting in 2010.

susan hong-sammons said...

Happy New Year Janelle, What a wonderful piece, so beautiful and fresh.

Edgar said...

Janelle,
I really enjoy the rhythm and interplay of the cool and warm color in this image. Nice work.

I can just hear the quiet of the winter forest in snow.

Karen said...

This is a soft and quietly beautiful piece...fits so well with what you said...that sense of bitter-sweetness.

(beautiful Christmas tree too!!) :)

willow said...

Janelle, I think your "Moon Shadow" is my very favorite of your works, so far. It has a beautiful, yet haunting quality about it. And of course, I am partial to snow!

Best wishes for a marvelous new decade. xx

Janelle Goodwin said...

Hi Firelight, Thank you and I enjoyed viewing your Georgia photos so much!

Hi Neetzy, Thanks! Maybe you can show a sneak peak, WIP?

Hi Susan, Maybe I'll do a big piece like you did. Kinda scary, though.

Hi Edgar, I love it when I can feel or hear something when I view a painting. Thanks!

Hi Karen, Where have you been? Probably somewhere warm and wonderful. I miss your posts!!!

Hi Willow, Of course I think of you when I see snow. Your snow poem caught my heart!

Jill Berry said...

A beautiful work...
to match your memories.

I was awed by your Christmas interior pic.
And the open view of the snow scene!!