These first photos show my process of sketching out the design. The photo below is actually more indicative of how they end up. When and if I sketch out the design, I erase until the sketch is barely visible, making the finished painting less muddled.
I absolutely loved it at this point, but I didn't feel it was quite finished. I had initially planned on painting a holly wreath, but it just didn't feel like a wreath anymore. A light popped on in my brain, I felt I needed to paint a candle. I've never painted a candle, so felt it would be a good challenge.
When the candle was complete, I immediately had second thoughts about it, which caused me to fuss a bit, but I think it turned out alright for a first attempt. I added some white gouache for snow as a finishing touch. A gentle glow was needed, so I added some spatter to indicate light. Oh my, I love to splatter!
Anyone else playing with paint and yuletide themes? I'd love to hear about it!