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Joan T
12-05-2010, 12:39 PM
You know I couldn't pass this up. However, I'll be regretting starting this when I get around to 10, 11, and 12 items. lol

This is one of the many ornaments on my Christmas tree. You may be seeing more of them as I go on with this journal. I cut watercolor paper to make a journal. I think the pages are about 6 x 7. I plan to do a cover and stitch them together when I have more time. Right now I'm matting and framing things for a show next weekend.

12-05-2010, 01:31 PM
Nice Joan, glad to see you joining in! My wife's family has a tradition of exchanging Christmas tree ornaments each year. And on top of that, my spouse likes to collect unusual ones. We therefore have enough ornaments for a 50 or 60 foot tree, I think. :lol:

12-05-2010, 01:36 PM
I like the shading on the dove and the way it nestles into the Christmas tree..

12-05-2010, 05:35 PM
lovely :)

I'm going to try to catch up with this project now our exhibition is over

12-05-2010, 07:54 PM
The dove ornament is marvelous. Thanks for joining in the madness.

12-05-2010, 07:56 PM
beautiful Christmas ornament. . . love how you did the tree and the dove is almost negative drawing with just a hint of color for the detail. great!

12-05-2010, 09:57 PM
What a pretty ornament. I love doves.

Is more coming? I like your style. Encore! Encore!


12-06-2010, 12:38 AM
Great job on the ornaments... It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas. :)

12-06-2010, 08:56 AM
Excellent Peace dove on the Christmas tree! Your watercolors are fantastic. This is going to be a treat for me, watching what you come up with as the days go by.

Yep. I feel the same way, when it starts going into the high numbers I'll be going nuts doing multiples of the same subject. I already promised myself Ari would be the twelfth, since I'm so used to doing little Ari sketches, but what else do I like enough to paint eleven or ten or nine times? I guess I'll find out!

12-06-2010, 05:48 PM
Nice start Joan, I'm looking forward to seeing this one unfold too... ;)

12-07-2010, 03:36 AM
The dove really jumps out at me, a nice start indeed.

Joan T
12-07-2010, 01:41 PM
John - I have some of our original ornaments from when we were kids on my tree, so they have to be at least 55-60 years old. I usually add a new one if I visit some place new during the year. My tree is rather full.

Elain - Thanks so much.

Viv - Hope the exhibition went well. Thanks.

Debby - Doing the sketch was what kept me sane. lol Thanks.

Rainy - Thanks. This one worked for the scavenger hunt too.

Diana - Thanks. There will be more...I promise.

Chuck - I need to get started on a second one, but I've been too busy. Thank you.

Robert - Thanks. You will have no problem doing 12 sketches of Ari. I'll be the one scrambling for something to sketch. lol

Jackie - Thanks. I hope to get another one done soon.

Chris - Thank you!

12-08-2010, 01:48 AM
That is really adorable, yo. :)

12-08-2010, 10:43 AM
Looking forward to your future delights this month :)

Joan T
12-08-2010, 12:14 PM
Crystal - Thank you.

EP - Thanks. I hope I get the other 11 done. lol

Joan T
12-11-2010, 10:26 AM
I finally finished a second page. At this rate I'll be working on this in January. lol I get ideas of things to sketch when I'm not home, and then by the time I am home those ideas are out of my head.

The models for these are about 2 1/2 feet high. I was at a craft fair where someone was selling soldiers similar to these. I bought one, disassembled it at home, studied it, and then made a bunch of them. That year everyone in the family got them as gifts. I have two of them, so they have company when they are out on display and when they are packed away after Christmas.

12-11-2010, 11:44 AM
Beautiful painting and wow, you are very good to be able to take one apart and figure out how to make them! Are they in wood and then painted?

12-11-2010, 09:28 PM
Splendid guards. Good thing they are in pairs otherwise one might fall asleep on guard duty. :lol:

12-11-2010, 11:05 PM
Great little standing soldiers.:clap:

If you get stuck you can do all the rest of your days with these guys....they would look great in threes, fours..:D

Joan T
12-13-2010, 01:13 PM
Rainy - Thanks. The soldiers are cardboard tubes covered in felt.

Debby - Thank you. lol

Chris - Thanks. Good idea, but I'll probably do something different for each page.

Day 3 - my 3 wise men from my nativity set. This is the set we had under our tree as kids, so it is fairly old.

12-13-2010, 02:02 PM
lovely painting and a very joyful subject

12-13-2010, 02:40 PM
As always, your paintings are always wonderfully colorful, in addition to being well done!

12-13-2010, 05:34 PM
very nice Joan! Love them all!

12-13-2010, 09:50 PM
Nice day three drawing! :clap:

12-13-2010, 11:07 PM
Great paintings Joan. I think we had the same Nativity set when I was a kid, in my case it's long gone. I do have the aluminum tree we got when I was 10. It's starting to show it's age just like me, oh well, it is definitely better than the alternative!

I have about 10 different ideas on a theme so far, and not one sketch. How sad is that, maybe I should just give up on the theme, or finish one and start another. Indecision rules! I'll keep coming back and checking perhaps you can inspired me to choose one theme or another.

Happy Holidays!

12-13-2010, 11:08 PM
the guards and wisemen look great, the color washes blend very nice. :)

Joan T
12-14-2010, 11:31 AM
Many thanks Rainy, John, Jackie, Chris, and Margo!

I'm going to post the next one in my journal and run off. I'll try to get back to see what everyone else has been doing tomorrow. I'm running out of time today.

I did an art show this past weekend with my plein air group and all of us got poinsettia plants that were decorating the gallery. It only had 3 blooms, but I turned it around and added another bloom to make 4. lol

Vivien Maloney
12-14-2010, 11:58 AM
Great paintings Joan - love them. I checked out your link with your Art Show photos, looks good. Good luck with it and I hope you get lots of sales.

12-14-2010, 03:30 PM
beautiful poinsetta. . . esp like all the colors in the pot/foil too. enjoy the show

12-14-2010, 04:59 PM
ditto - the colours are fab and I love poinsettia flowers! They just say Christmas........

12-14-2010, 06:54 PM
Excellent choices for day 3 and 4. Your paintings are always so lovely.

Joan T
12-15-2010, 12:44 PM
Many thanks to Viv, Rainy, Jackie, and Debby!

Somehow I got two done yesterday.

We are heading down to Georgia for a few days. My nephew and his wife and new baby are coming in for the holidays and they are having the baby christened before Christmas. We are driving down, staying for the christening, and driving home to be here in NY for Christmas. I'm taking my journal along. I'm sure I can find something to add in route. I hope to get to check out everyone else's journals too.

12-15-2010, 01:35 PM
From the three wise men to the six Christmas mints, interesting mix of old and new but all Christmasy.

Clever you taking apart the soldier and cloning it. :)

12-15-2010, 11:33 PM
Like the jingle bells and mints. Keep safe in your travels.

12-16-2010, 02:01 AM
I like five and six :)

Hope you enjoy the christening and have a safe trip.

12-16-2010, 02:43 AM
Very nice work, poinsettias, bells and candy...they all have a holiday atmosphere to them.

12-16-2010, 04:49 PM
for some reason the bells are my favourite :)

12-16-2010, 05:38 PM
love those jingle bells with the splatter background! They are great. The candy is also very well done. Are they pen/ink and wc?

12-16-2010, 06:39 PM
Wow, great job on all these new ones. :clap:

12-17-2010, 03:39 AM
Great job on these. love the bells and candy can't wait to see what else is on the way.

12-17-2010, 11:52 AM
Good job on these - great modeling on the bells!

12-18-2010, 02:34 AM
Joan, you make it look so easy. Wonderful paintings

12-18-2010, 12:00 PM
The bells and mints are so great! So simple but neat colors and composition. Very "appealing" to look at.

12-19-2010, 05:59 PM
hey Joan, what a cool idea this december 12 is, spottinng yer paintings in the blogspot feed led me back here. Love yer collection of journal pics fer this. Wish I'd seen it earlier, but hey ho, will just enjoy looking at everyone elses...:D

Joan T
12-19-2010, 10:38 PM
I am visiting my brother and his family for a few days and have been continuing my journal. Here are the next two pages. I have more done but I need my brother's assistance to help me resize the photos on his computer. I'll be back to comment on the other journals at another time. I don't want to monopolize the computer here today.

12-19-2010, 11:24 PM
Wonderful, Joan! Although I do have a complaint. I have so far (somewhat) successfully resisted my inner cookie monster this holiday season. And then you put these seven gingerbread men right in front of me at a vulnerable moment. As soon as I post this I'm going to scour the house for edible goodies. :o :)

12-20-2010, 08:35 AM
fun :)

12-20-2010, 12:25 PM
Ohmygosh! Joan this is a stunning series! Love all the gingerbread men and the carolers :) :) :)

12-20-2010, 02:57 PM
aw, the ginerbread men are so, so cute! Love them. And great work on the carolers. . . what a cool holiday book!

Joan T
12-20-2010, 03:37 PM
John - Sorry to tempt you! lol I don't like gingerbread so they seemed safe for me to sketch.

Viv - Thanks!!

EP - I'm having fun with this journal. Thanks!!! I only have 2 more pages to go.

Rainy - Thank you. I got to use my imagination a bit for some of these.

12-20-2010, 06:17 PM
LOVE it Joan!! I can see these becoming part of the house decorations for future christmases?! Or a set of cards........ ;)

12-20-2010, 07:00 PM
LOVE it Joan!! I can see these becoming part of the house decorations for future christmases?! Or a set of cards........ ;) Oooh ... collector's cards ... gotta get'em all :)

12-20-2010, 10:48 PM
:clap: More great images for the season.

12-21-2010, 02:12 AM
Gingerbread men for the win! :lol: So cool. The carolers are fabulous.

12-23-2010, 02:06 PM
ginerbread men - so long since I've had one of those - wonder if you will miss one?

Great carollers in front of the tree.

Joan T
12-23-2010, 05:18 PM
Here are two more that I finished while I was visiting my brother & his family.

...ten wintry snowmen (They are all snowmen I found that my sister-in-law had displayed in various areas of the house.)

...eleven Christmas kisses (People kept snatching my props as I was painting. lol)

I guess I should be able to finish the last one before the month ends.

12-23-2010, 05:23 PM
Yay these are so cool. Of course people were snatching your models as you painted them :)

12-23-2010, 07:43 PM
The snowmen are delightful. I can well imagine your models being swiped as you were trying to paint the kisses. Marvelous kisses in spite of adversity.

12-23-2010, 07:55 PM
I love those snowmen. . . your sister must collect those & they are all so cute and so cool how you put them all together as a group like that. Did you sister see it? Bet she likes it :)

12-23-2010, 11:51 PM
The snowmen and kisses are really well done! Nice modeling on the kisses.

12-25-2010, 12:25 PM
The kisses are so good- you really have the knack for crinkly wrappers and little shadows. Merry Christmas!

12-25-2010, 06:02 PM
Beautiful work Joan! Love how you're doing this challenge ;)

12-27-2010, 05:10 PM
Really nice Joan. I like the subtle shadows of the kisses.

12-27-2010, 06:23 PM
Hi Joan,

The snowmen are like fun! And then the kisses. I want to eat them up.


12-27-2010, 08:16 PM
Great work, Joan. Lucky they left you enough so you sould finish off the kisses.

Vivien Maloney
12-27-2010, 10:25 PM
Wonderful watercolors Joan. Love them all, especially the Carollers!

Joan T
12-28-2010, 01:43 PM
EP - Thanks. There was a whole bag of kisses sitting right next to me that they could eat. lol

Debby - Thanks so much. I'm really enjoying your challenge.

Rainy - Thanks. My sister-in-law loved that I was sketching the snowmen.

John - Kisses are good models, and they are tasty too. Thanks.

Candace - Thank you. Some of the kisses had odd wrappers. They were filled with caramel and cherry.

Jackie - This has been really fun to do. Thanks.

Chris - Thank you.

Diana - Thanks. I did eat them up. lol

Elain - Thanks!

Viv - Thanks. The carrolers were all from my head.

On Christmas morning I finally sat down to do my last page for the journal. Here in the states we have a station that plays a burning yule log all day on Christmas with background Christmas music. It sort of makes it seem like you're sitting in front of a fireplace, nice and cosy. (If you have a vivid imagination.) I used the burning yule log that I was watching as an inspiration for this last page. The rest of the painting came from my imagination.

...twelve hanging stockings

Hope you enjoyed my 12 days of Christmas!

12-28-2010, 01:51 PM
those gingerbread chappies look yum, and the snowmen are a super group. And what a great idea to finish up on the stockings, bravo. Hope you had a fab christmas...

12-28-2010, 02:26 PM
great finish. I especially like the brick work. Someone has a house full with 12 stockings hanging up.

12-28-2010, 04:38 PM
Bravo. Marvelous finish.

There are usually 12 to 15 stockings at my mom's house. :lol:

12-29-2010, 01:38 AM
Bravo Joan! Great job (as usual ;) )

12-29-2010, 11:14 AM
Joan, always fun to look at your watercolor sketches! I went to your blog and enjoyed myself there as well, fun to read the article and see the pictures from the local paper.

I have a question for you, when you do small sketches in your larger sketchbook/watercolor book do you tape off the area you are going to sketch in? Just wondering how you achieve such nice borders around the edges. I would like to play with my watercolors more in my sketchbooks in the coming year, and would like them to look more finished, as do yours.

Thanks and wishing you a most auspicious New Year.

Joan T
12-29-2010, 12:06 PM
Kat - Thanks so much. My Christmas was just great! Hope yours was too.

Elain - Thanks. I was going to do the fireplace with stockings at my brother's house while I was there, but even with my nephew & his family visiting there weren't enough stockings. I ended up just making it up at home.

Debby - Thanks! That's a lot of stockings for Santa to fill, but sounds like it would be a lot of fun to spend Christmas with all those people. When we were growing up there were 5 of us kids, my parents, my grandparents, and an uncle all in the same house. I loved it!

Jackie - Many thanks.

Margo - Thanks! Sometimes I tape off the areas to sketch in. I did that for my October and November journals. I like the way the finished edges look and having a few on one page. But I don't always do that.

Wishing everyone a grea New Year!!

12-30-2010, 12:03 AM
Even though I commented on these on your blog, I had to comment here to. They are terrific. My favorites are the snowmen. :-)

12-30-2010, 09:57 AM
:clap: Wonderful Joan.... I just came across this forum by accident. I'll be back.

Joan T
12-30-2010, 12:03 PM
Mickey - Thanks. Joan had so many around the house. It was like a hunt. lol

Helen - Thanks. Where have you been? I haven't seen you posting anywhere lately.

12-31-2010, 12:53 AM
I have enjoyed seeing your Dec challenge, nice stockings and fire (if it wasn't Summer here I might appreciate that more!:D)


12-31-2010, 11:52 AM
Joan, love the 12 hanging stockings. . . that is a BIG family :)
All your watercolors this month are just beautiful. . . bravo, Joan, and happy new year.

Joan T
12-31-2010, 11:55 AM
Chris - Thanks!!

Rainy - Can you imagine a family that large...lots of gifts to buy. Luckily our family is a more managable size. lol Thanks and Happy New Year!

12-31-2010, 12:49 PM
Nice finish for the month with the stockings, Joan!

Have a very happy new year!

Joan T
01-02-2011, 01:36 PM
John - Thanks. Now I have to think about January!