Hahaha, or rather, Hohoho! I love it! Happy Holidays, Hallie!
Hi Robin. I've already gotten my gift from my daughter so I think I'm safe in posting this; I hang these old photos every year. (I'm pretty sure I would have screamed, too, if my parents had put me on Santa's lap.) Happy Holidays.
Merry Christmas Hallie...love this image :-))
LOLS. This is wonderful, so right for right now.Have a wonderful Christmas and a great New Year. And thanks for all the support of my work youve given during the year, Hallie. Warmest wishesHarry
Is that you making such a nuisance of yourself?! Ah it's your daughter. Santa looks disgusted. I like how the boy (your son?) is totally oblivious to his sister's tirade, focusing on the camera. A lot going on here. It's like a Norman Rockwell painting.
Thank you Jane. My Santa is not as cheerful as yours.Hi Harry. My daughter's scream is an echo of how I usually feel during this Season. Your paintings are soul-touching and your words make me think. I flip between light and dark--maybe I need to do that to stay afloat.
I don't see disgust in this poor Santa as much as I see tired resignation... As for your son, I can see that his little bottom is barely on Santa's leg - as if prepared for a quick exit as soon as the photo op is complete.Thanks for sharing the fun of Christmases past. Merry Christmas to the Farbers!-Don
Merry Christmas, Dan. Yes, these are my kids. This painting is from the 1967 photo, which is a repeat of the 1966 Visit with Santa photo. I invented this Santa; I don't think any of the subjects are enjoying the visit.
Hi Don. You're probably right--Santa's job is not an easy one; he just has to get through it. Merry Christmas to you and your family. I look forward to another year of following the always exciting new works on your blog (I'm waiting for the big heart).
That Santa looks very familiar...I think he is now retired and living in a small town in Virginia.A Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night. Ho, Ho, Ho!Everette McGillO' Brother Where Art Thou
Your daughter could run for it, but she doesn't...instead she does what she knows to do to express her displeasure ....and your son is "fine with it all" ! lol...You had to have a lot of fun painting this...I love how it is a moment that has been caught, not once, but twice and now published the world over. Communication is such an awesome thing. Merry Christmas to you and yours, Hallie! It is a good time for me to tell you how much I appreciate your friendship!
Hi Anonymous Everette. Somehow, all characters seem to find their way to this small VA town. Is it the lithium in our water due to nearby springs, the record-breaking catfish in our lake, or the way we wave hello to every passing car?
Hi Celeste. This was not as easy as I had thought it might be--now I know why I like paintings of just one person.Merry Christmas. I've learned a lot from following your blog; one day I might actually apply those lessons.
A Happy ChristmaHannaKwanzaNewYear to you! Be healthy. Enjoy your family. Enjoy your friends. Enjoy making art. Enjoy sharing it. Thanks for your interest and all your comments to me on my blog. It nice to know someone is looking.
Absolute perfection, Hallie! I have a similar photo with my oldest daughter howling on Santa's lap.
Happy Everything to you, LifeArtist (Davida). Your portraits are so amazing I have to comment.
Love the image Hallie. I have a granddaughter who would look exactly like this on Santa's knee! Yesterday I saw a pic of a Christmas tree made totally out of hubcaps . It was perfect. I thought of you right away. Have a very happy holiday and all the best for 2012.
ConservativelyBohemian--thank you. Some of us need to howl.Hi Margaret. I did manage to hang one hubcap wreath on my front gate because my neighbor said she missed seeing them--a hubcap tree would be interesting. Happy Holidays to you.
Hallie, I love this one. My oldest son did the same thing and Santa was a touchy subject for a few years.
Hi Mary. It is a bit strange that we warn our kids about strangers; then put them in the lap of a strange looking being.Hope you had a great holiday.
Ho Ho Hallie... I hope that you made merry and will now make happy...well you surely do that for us, your readers...THANKS! for the fabulous creative zaniness that you share...may it continue and continue.
Thank you, Donna. I'm suspect your blog may contribute to my zaniness. When I read it I rationalize that I'm doing exactly what I should be doing (whatever that is). Looking forward to following you in the New Year.