This time of year can be stressful and fun.  We decorated the house for the holidays.  One of our favorite decorations is our collection of nutcrackers.  We love the ballet and there was even a new Disney movie released this season called, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.  We talked throughout the film comparing the music, the dancing, and the costumes to the different ballets.  So in the spirit of the Nutcracker while sticking to my crimson theme I painted this derpy character.  I hope you like him as much as we do.

Nutcracker 12 x 12 oil on wood

The visual challenge I had to sort out for this piece was how to render his black hat and boots against the black background. I think I did ok with that.  I had a composition of an espresso pot in mind but the visual challenge of black on black stopped me.  After painting this derpy little guy I feel more confident to tackle the black on black in the future.

Thank you so much for checking out my site and my little paintings. 

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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