Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Jingle Jingle Jingle SOLD

'Sleigh Bells Ring' SOLD
5" x 7" watercolor

I remember sitting in the elementary school's library, when I was about seven years old, in this little circular seating area, and listening to the librarian read 'The Polar Express' by Chris Van Allsburg for the first time. I was captivated. I don't think I moved during that entire story time.

I LOVED that book. I loved the whole idea of being taken to the North Pole on Christmas Eve on the Polar Express, listening to the wolves howl outside the train, tasting the rich, hot chocolate on the ride up there, and of course the chance of being chosen by Santa to receive the first gift of Christmas. 

And the thing I think I wanted for Christmas the most that year was one sleigh bell. A real one from Santa's sleigh, preferrably from Dasher's own harness (who was my favorite reindeer). 

On Christmas morning I was thrilled to see that one small present under the tree that I knew had to be a jingle bell from Santa's sleigh. When I opened it and saw the small silver bell inside, and held it to my ear to hear it's soft jingle, I knew that Santa had come through for me. Christmas was magic.

And now that I'm grown up and I get to see Christmas through my boys' eyes it still is. More so now than it ever was. :)


P.S. I think I am developing alarming magpie-like tendencies as I hunt down every shiny and reflective object I can find just so I can paint them. I feel like that dog from 'Up' who kept shouting 'Squirrel!' only instead of squirrel it's 'Shiny!'  :)

See you later friends. Huzzah!!

47 comments:

  1. Your work always amazes and delights. I marvel at all the velvety texture and hyper-realism. Simply amazing.

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  2. LOL! Shiny IS attractive. Crystal, you are rockin' the reflective surfaces! Okay - that just sounds technical when what I really feel when I look at these is SNAP! Bang on! Christmas magic. I can hear their tiny little clinks and jingles.

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  3. Love the story and the painting. Christmas is magical still for all the peace and love it brings along with our own childhood memories that we treasure. Blessings!

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  4. Thanks for the laugh Crystal. I have felt like that dog in Up many times - I LOVE shiny objects too. Your bells story was wonderful, thanks for sharing that. Your painting is amazing, I had to look close to see that it was a painting and not real. You are very talented.
    Hugs and blessings for your day.
    Kelly

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  5. I love your story, Crystal! Do you still have the bell? And of course, your painting is beautiful!!!

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  6. Nothing wrong with impulsive shiny collecting lol

    Love these bells, I couldn't believe they were watercolour at first :)

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  7. ABSOLUTELY STUNNING PAINTING and such a lovely post!! these bells embody the season, i LOVE them! bravo!!

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  8. Truly an amazing painting, Crystal. What type of paper do you use? What is your preference in paints?

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  9. Oh Crystal I just LOVE this! And I SO love the story behind it! I love Christmas and it really feels close when the festive posts begin to appear on blog land! I have been trying to find you in those reflections, lol! This is truly brilliant! :0)

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  10. Gorgeous! You've captured the shiny texture so beautifully. Huge fan:)

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  11. This is one gorgeous painting! I was a grown up with a small son when I first found Polar Express. I bought the special edition encased in a box with a bell that came with it! I intended it for my son but I have to confess...I have kept it for ME all these years!

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  12. Love the story and the painting!
    Shiny things are fun to paint :) xx

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  13. Gotta love the drama on your paintings Crystal, shiny!shiny!

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  14. Oh! This is absolutely stunning! I have been just staring at it for the last 5 minutes in awe, I'm not kidding. I love everything about it. The composition, the colors, the story it evokes... wow!

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  15. Marvelous job on those reflections - which are a perfect match to your watercolor painting skills!

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  16. LOL, you got me with the dog and the 'squirrel' reference. We're a little like crows and their love of all things shiny!
    And your Christmas bell store is really special, which makes your painting even more special, love it. You shine girl and so does your art!

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  17. Beautiful painting Crystal and I love your musings on The Polar Express. It was one that my boys and I shared together too. Thanks for the memories!

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  18. Knock down, drag out FABULOUS job on the reflections!

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  19. Great painting Crystal . . . and I love your story. :)

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  20. Wonderful Crystal. I can imagine them jingling !!! Great.

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  21. Love "shiny" things too. Great reflections in this beautiful painting.

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  22. Delicious reflections and colors! Liked your Christmas reminiscence very much!

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  23. This is lovely, Crystal.And in such a tiny size, you managed all the deatails of the reflections.Great. :)

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  24. Wonderful painting, such fun to paint reflections, is there anything you can't paint ! ;))

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  25. like the reflections and the shine on the bells!

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  26. Beautiful painting and a beautiful story of memories as well...

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  27. I know what you mean about that story, it is just magical even now. Your jingle bells painting is wonderful...and dare I say very Shiny:)

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  28. Une belle histoire et une jolie peinture qui tinte et aux teintes superbes... Gros bisous

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  29. Lovely shiny bells Crystal.
    You are so good at doing the reflection thing!!! Also nice
    to hear your reminiscences.

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  30. A precious detail that with his sparkles and your words you open the doors us for the Christmas.

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  31. Gorgeous reflections! Great shiny quality. Wow! Love it.
    Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  32. Crystal, I love this sooo much!!! It is just perfect. Your story is perfect also. Those shiny objects are addictive:)))

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  33. As another "shiny" addict -- love the painting!! And your story of the book reading and wishing for a single bell is great -- what a wonderful memory!!

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  34. Delightful story and beautiful shiny painting - I can almost hear the bells jingle ! I like the magpie in you :)

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  35. A wonderful post and an outstanding painting.

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  36. Incredible. I thought it was a photo at first. I can't believe what you an achieve with watercolors but there is such magical quality to your work!

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  37. Absolutely GORGEOUS painting, Crystal. You are definitely a master of watercolors...Beautiful work as always!!!

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  38. Merry Holiday painting to you Crystal! and thank you. I´m actually down is Nicaragua right now and am doin some Central America backpacking for the next three months. It´s been fun, but I miss the smell of my paints :(. It´s all pencil and paper until then. Happy Holidays to you and your family!

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  39. Wonderful painting, Crystal, and what a nice story!

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  40. Way to go Crystal. This is exceptional.

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  41. Crystal, you are just incredible. You can take a simple household element and make it into a delightful masterpiece. Your knowledge of color relationships and values is remarkable. I love seeing anything you create!

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  42. this is a spectacular painting. I felt the same way reading the book and then when I went to see the movie. And the theater was full of little people who were mesmerized and silent through the entire movie! I think I need to see it again.

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  43. Slam bangin' painting in EVERY WAY and I live the story . My now 8 year old nephew loved listening to the audio recording of Polar Express and would play it at night . The music reminds me of him and I love it!
    Merry Christmas to you and yours Crystal.

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