Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Ornament Exchange

partridge in a pear tree
Originally uploaded by S'mee.

From Chronicler I received an opportunity to join an internet Ornament Exchange, organized by Nicole of Freshly Blended and cake+pie. I was (am) excited and joined in.

With further encouragement from my dear sister I quickly (and I mean VERY quickly) painted 12 5x7 inch canvases that represent the Twelve Days of Christmas had they been painted by different artists. (Their style of art, my twisted idea of what it may have looked like!) I chose some of my favourite paintings and artists from the Impressionists, Pointillists, Surrealists, Abstract, Cubist, and Neo-Plasticism artists, post and prior periods in some artists.

The one in the photo is my version of a Joan Miro, depicting the Partridge in a Pear Tree. A French surrealist who literally would, at times, starve himself, deprive himself of sleep, and some presume, follow the advice of his associate Andre Breton(known for promoting the use of starvation, sleep deprivation, and drugs for inducing hallucinogenic states conducive to create art that reveals the subconscious). Who knows? I just know that since I was a little gal I have loved his work.

I painted all 12 paintings in about five hours as they need to be completely finished and in the mail soon. My schedule is gearing up and feared I wouldn't have time to complete them all; so I took the free time I had yesterday to get started. I will finish off these unusual "ornaments" by adding a customized envelope to each of the painting backs. The envelope will contain a photo of all 12 paintings in the collection, a description of each painting and the original artist, and where in the world the all 12 individual paintings are located. Each person will receive one of the 12 paintings. There will be a ribbon hanger affixed between the envelope and the canvas so that the painting can be hung, either on a tree or wall, etc.

Each photo will be professionally photographed with the idea of reprinting the paintings and making them into Christmas cards at some time in the future. All of the paintings may be seen on my Flickr! page, access is easy... just click on the photo and it will take you here. I hope you find these as interesting and fun as I do.

UPDATE: As of 9:23 p.m., Nov. 8, I am completely done with these ornaments. This is an all time record. Start to finish in one 24 hour period. Waaaahooo! Let the party commence!

add to sk*rt


chronicler said...

You ar eamazing! I can hardly wait to photograph them. I am having a hard time deciding which I like best.

s'mee said...

I woke up this morning with that very thought. Not that I am amazing, lol, but that you and I needto get together soon! haha!

Well, sis, you get first pick and then I send them off! I can't wait to see the snowflakes!!!! Those will be truly amazing and beautiful!!!

The Pea said...

I am with chronicler I could not pick a favorite. I love them all!!

s'mee said...

Thanks Pea!

Lisa M. said...

Oh Smee.


s'mee said...

Thanks Lisa!

Lisa M. said...

Really love it. I came back to look at them.

Anonymous said...

i am one of the supremely lucky recipients of said paintings! i have the in-the-style-of-monet six geese and i am totally speechless. i adore monet's work and i have even visited giverny and monet's garden. the painting is GORGEOUS! thank you thank you thank you. what a way to start off the ornament swap! i will treasure it always.

-- becka in minneapolis