Most folks in the US will tell you that Thanksgiving is their favorite holiday. It is mine too.  In Tennessee the weather is usually mild, the leaves are blowing around, and the food is delicious.  Family time is to be cherished and/or dreaded.  Then, there is the next best holiday, Black Friday.  This is officially for shopping but it is also when we can throw ourselves wholeheartedly into all things Christmas. Decorations, music, movies, peppermint mocha, and holiday baking.  The holiday season is official after Thanksgiving.

What better way to celebrate the holidays than to include some festive decorations into your artwork! I worked on this little derpie nutcracker today.   I still have a lot of details to add.  I am still using too much oil.  Because when I got home from my hike, dinner, and a movie his face melted a bit.  I will continue to work on a balance of oil to paint ratio.

Until then,  I hope this work in progress brings your pleasure.

Nutcracker oil on wood 12 x 12

My best,
Emily Warren

Published by Art Belongs to Everyone

The work is inspired by an engagement with play and making peace with uncertainty. I work experimentally, using a digital video to explore painting. I use sound and moving images in non-traditional ways to reverse expectations of horror and comedy. I am drawn to the whimsical nature of self-discovery. I construct repeating narratives, often depicting varying scenarios of serenity, silliness, and reflection.

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