Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Steadfast

Welcome December! 

A time for pulling out all the Christmas decorations, pouring through Christmas recipe books, dreaming of sugarplums and waiting, anxiously, for the pond to freeze. 

As the decorations are unwrapped and set out, quilted wall hangings and a cross stitched advent calendar replace, temporarily, the Artist's work around the house. One special piece, however, comes out of hiding to makes its annual appearance, capturing Christmas at the old farmhouse splendidly. 

The Soldier, steadfast as any I've ever seen, ready to be called into action at a moment's notice.
This piece is pen and ink and every year I put my nose right up to the glass and stare in awe at all those tiny little dots. My husband had the patience to sit and make this. This is proof, my friends, that the old saying is true, opposites do attract.

~Happy December Friends!~

**addendum**
Some of you have asked how long it took him to complete this work; he worked on it each evening over the course of several months; he estimates around 150 hours. For those of you not familiar with pen and ink, the entire image is made of tiny dots. The picture is a fair size, measuring 12 by 20 inches.

17 comments:

Laurie at Turner Farm said...

Wow ~ beautiful! And I agree, opposites do attract!

Red Gate Farm said...

That is absolutely AMAZING! It is beautiful... I can't believe it's made with dots! The detail, right down to the toy soldier's expression and the smoke coming out of the chimney in the distance, WOW.

My husband and I are also very much opposites... and we've been together for 29 years and married for 26 at the end of the month :) And yes, we were high school sweethearts.

Enjoy all of you beautiful holiday surroundings, natural and man made.
Chris

teekaroo said...

Wow, what patience! I'm a watercolor girl myself. Much faster! Happy December!

from my front porch... said...

How incredible is this? My goodness, the patience it must take! I am totally stunned!

And, you my dear, have this beautiful piece hanging in your home for Christmas. You got the artwork and the Artist!
Lucky gal you are :)

LYLAS,
misha

p.s. xo

Amy @ Homestead Revival said...

Oh, my... the talent that man has! It draws you right in. You should definitely write a story to go with it because the picture just makes you want more!! (That's a good thing!).

Enjoy your Christmas preparations!

Dandy said...

That is absolutely incredible. I can't imagine having that talent... or that patience.

Lisa ~Suburban Retreat~ said...

Wow, that picture is amazing! He actually made that with little tiny dots? Not being 'artsy' whatsoever, I don't really understand that 'art form'. Exactly how long did it take to create that picture????? Patience is a virtue! Happy December!

Anke said...

That is unbelievable, all tiny dots! WOW, he is very talented and very patient.

Deb said...

It is wonderful! You are so lucky to have such a talented, creative hubby.

Jackie said...

The picture is absolutely amazing! I'm in awe of talent like your artist has. You are blessed to have that in your home...and to have your artist too!

Jackie

John Gray jgsheffield@hotmail.com said...

a lovely post
I am feeling quite christmasy!!!

Leigh said...

Holy Smokes! That is fabulous!

Looking at the pic makes me want to curl up next to the fire with a cup of coco.

Julia said...

That is completely lovely, really, it exudes an atmosphere that captures this time of year perfectly. Your husband is a very talented man, and you are very kind to share this with us all.

Much love
Julia x x x

The Fairy's Apprentice said...

Unbelievable! He is so patient and so talented! Wish you a great season!
XOXO

Elle Bee said...

Now that is truly amazing! What a patient work of art!

Leslie @ Farm Fresh Fun said...

I am disbelieving,,, It's gorgeous! My Farmer has none of that patience... Yet we're opposites, so who *does* get it??? ;-) What treasures you have!
hugs,
Leslie

texwisgirl said...

Wow! Kudos to your husband! It is wonderful and fascinating and beautiful all in one!