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November 15th, 2012 - 09:14 PM
Months ago, I began brainstorming an idea for a Christmas card design for this year. I felt that I wanted to do a scene that honored the true reason for the season, Christ, yet there are so many nativity scenes and candlelight church images that it is difficult to find a way to think outside the box on that. After praying for inspiration and tossing around many ideas, I finally decided a couple of weeks ago that my goal to create the card was just not meant to be this year.
Oddly, after letting the struggle for the idea go, deciding it was not that big a deal to just purchase a store stock box of cards instead, and settling down for a nap on the leather sofa in my studio, I did not go to sleep--the design and card message popped into my head, all set to happen! I got up, looked at a couple of photos of sheep and baby poses, and set to work with pastels.
My inspiration for the painting is a love of the concept of Christ reaching up from a lowly manger to lovingly touch the sheep that beheld Him and so needed Him as Shepherd. I love the concept of the desire of the baby Shepherd to touch the sheep that He came to serve and die for, so that they could always be together. And I love the concept of a heavenly God being so creative in His physical touch of humanity, making a way to dwell among us for a brief and brilliant time in history.
I decided to offer 3 versions of the painting on my website, since the painting looks beautiful when framed, so some collectors may wish to have the ones without a message on the front. I ordered two boxes myself to see what the quality is like, and I am thrilled with Fine Art America! These are the best quality images I've ever had printed onto a card, with deep, rich,accurate colors.