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Packing up Christmas 2014

If you remember from my first house tour post I had an empty stable.  Around the end of November I had mentioned to my husband that I might paint a nativity for the front yard.  I had the wood cut a number of years ago.  Before I knew it he build me a stable.  I had finished painting it a few days before Christmas.  Here is a picture of the whole yard with the nativity and also a close up.

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This is a Juliet Martin design.  In the original design the largest character was about 7 inches tall.  I enlarged the design using the poster setting on my printer.  You just have to decide how large you want the new design to be and calculate the percentage.  I think an office supply store would also be able to enlarge it for you.

It is fun to take a design you love and enlarge it to make a nice entry or yard piece.  This is a Lynne Andrews Santa that I enlarged and painted for my cousin.   I have actually painted this big guy 5 times because so many people loved him.  He is about four feet tall.

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This is a Trudy Beard design that was larger to start, but I increased it a little.  I painted this for one of my friends that also loves pink.

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This is a Santa that I painted many years ago, I think it is a Maxine Thomas design.  The original design was this size.

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Even though these characters are getting put away until next year, I hope these photos will encourage you to think about painting something big for your home next year.

I think when you are an artist, that love of art spills into everything you do.  This year I took a photo of one of my paintings and made it into my Christmas card. Just one more thing to tuck in the back of your head for next year.

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May you and your family have a very Blessed, Healthy and Happy New Year.

13 thoughts on “Packing up Christmas 2014

  1. You are amazing. I love to see your work. Happy New Year.

    1. Thank you, Margaret. Happy new year

  2. Beautiful work, thanks so much for sharing….<3

    1. Thank you Sassy, happy new year!

  3. Great ideas Jane….keep them coming! Your Christmas card is beautiful….

    1. Thanks Amy, glad I have wonderful friends that encourage me!

  4. Beautiful as usual Jane.

    1. Thank you, I enjoyed sharing with everyone!

  5. Lovely Jane, Lovely! You are a constant inspiration to us all. Happy Painting!

    1. Thank You Dee, it is my pleasure

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