It seems I’ve been ensconced in holly and bows, knee deep in mounds of snow, waltzing to carols of frosted windowpanes all week.
In these last days, outside my window, the Autumn world has turned to frosted pumpkin sugar cake… mmm… but that was simply a dusting. (Thankfully! I don’t think I’m ready for the real stuff yet…)
No, the snowfall that’s been whispering Christmas a’coming like a singing wind in and out the windows of my spirit is more the delightful dressing up of house on paper. In imagination, I can line a roof with boughs of ivy, place wreaths in large windows, tie them all with plump rosy ribbon. I can set out paper luminarias along the walkway, frost ordinary bushes like marshmallowy covered cupcakes, shine candles from every window. Offer a candy cane gift to any onlooker, there at the feet of a pup.
And like the power of a story, I can enter into the winter wonderland without decorating expense, minus the iced roads, and… feeling kindred with Anne Shirley as I often do… just feel a prayer.
Does this scene evoke a heart whisper to heaven in you? (Click the image if you’d like to see it a little larger…)
I’m still working out the words, but in essence, it seems to wash over me like walking through a neighborhood at Christmas and peeking into the window vignettes of unknown lives. The wonder I feel watching backlit particles of snow glitter on the frosted air The awesome feel of standing inside a living snowglobe… held in his hands like a treasured gift… And that inexpressible prayer welling up behind my misted lashes…
That’s but a touch of how the black and white version of this makes me feel.
Then…”I’d like washes of red on the bows,” he said.
When I finished the main pen and ink, I almost didn’t want to do it.
But now… I’m falling in love with another side to this… and how one festive color changes the whole mood to…
And words I’ve written here about God’s ribbons of joyous wonder.
Oh the quandary. 🙂
Hmm… I just may have to make two separate versions of this card, two different messages.
Won’t you share in my comments and help me decide?
What do these differing shades of illustration say to you? 🙂
Pen & Ink Drawing above: mine, all rights reserved. 🙂 See all my Christmas Card designs at my pen & ink HOME PORTRAITS page.