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Poinsettia in Pastel

Merry Christmas!

Recently, I purchased a few poinsettia plants to decorate for the holidays. They are displayed in the living room and look so festive! I just love Poinsettias.

I also treated myself to a large order of new pastels! I finally got some rich reds that my palette was lacking. This haul of pastels is my Christmas gift to me.

Pastels and supplies

See the lower center small box of pastels with all the tones of red? That box inspired me to paint one of the Poinsettia plants and I had a great time doing so! Here’s the finished piece, “Poinsettia in Pastel”, which will be framed as a 5”x7” and used in the future as part of my Christmas decor…

Poinsettia  Pastel
Poinsettia in Pastel

Here’s a photo of the studio still life setup:

Studio  still life setup

My poinsettia plant is a bit thin in the leaves department because I almost killed both of them! The poinsettias are on the fireplace hearth where they don’t get my constant attention and I forget to check them daily for water. One day, I happened to look at the fireplace and both Poinsettias were wilted! “That’s just great”, I thought!

I rushed the plants into the kitchen and gave them long drinks. One perked up right away, the other was too far gone and lost most of its leaves. The one in the studio is the Poinsettia that survived the best, so I thought I’d better paint it before it’s gone, cause I just might forget to water them again.

All my shopping is done, and gifts have been shipped. I baked some Christmas sugar cookies using a new recipe off the back of the flour bag. Let’s just say that it was a wasted day, sadly. The recipe was awful and the cookies reflected that! We stomached a handful of them and threw the rest in the trash. Even icing didn’t help. The recipe called for sour cream and it just didn’t work. Yuck!

Well, that’s my excitement for the week! After the holidays I’ll be sharing the bird series in pastel that I’ve been working on. Here’s a sneak peak:

Red Cardinal Pastel
“Red Cardinal in the Snow”

(The Tamarack Mountain Studio watermark is not on the original paintings.)

I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

I’ll see you next year! Much Love ~Rhonda

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New items in the Ye Old Christmas Shoppe!

I have been busy creating some new items for the Ye Old Christmas Shoppe. Using my watercolors and digital illustrations there are three new ornaments to decorate your tree AND they are on SALE!!!

Check out the Gift Shop as well as the Ye Old Christmas Shoppe for some cool ideas for your Christmas shopping list! Help an artist and buy artisan gifts this year. These items are made on demand and not produced on an assembly line. There are lovely Garden Journals to give to your favorite gardener as well as a beautiful winter themed puzzle for the brains in your life. There will be more products coming soon, so check back often.

Don’t forget , nearly the entire GALLERY of original oil paintings is on sale this entire month, with more sale prices coming on Thanksgiving weekend. There is only one of each painting, so give a gift that lasts this year to those who appreciate fine art. Remember, art in your space uplifts the soul! And don’t forget to look at your art when you walk by where it’s hanging. Many of us hang it and forget it! Don’t do that. Take some time to really see and stand in front of your art and gaze, allowing your imagination to run free and maybe relieve some stress!

Keep in mind there are shipping delays due to covid restrictions, so shop early and plan ahead.

Thanks for stopping by. I really appreciate you! If you would like to stay in the loop about studio news and upcoming secret sales, join the TMS Members by filling in your info below. Have a wonderful day. Much Love ~ Rhonda

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Christmas Deer Mugs now available!

Christmas Deer Mugs in Red or Green created from my Christmas artwork, are perfect for coffee, tea or yummy hot cocoa!

Collect them all for your special holiday occasions. These cute 11 oz Christmas Deer Mugs make great last-minute gifts or stocking stuffers. Hurry and order now to avoid the rush! Click on the Gift Shop tab in the heading under Ye Old Christmas Shoppe to purchase your mug. Your choice of “Happy Holidays”, “Merry Christmas” or “Ho-Ho-Ho”. Bucky and his little bird friend bring you joy this Christmas season!

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Christmas Tree Ornaments

Hear Ye, Hear Ye, just into my Gift Shop are Pewter Snowflake shaped tree ornaments! These sweet little ornaments measure 3″x3″ and are created from my Christmas collection of oil paintings. They arrive gift boxed and ready to hang or give to that someone special.

Teddy Bears Tree Ornament

Christmas Teddy Bears Tree ornament is so cute! Who doesn’t love Teddy Bears? A boy Teddy and a girl Teddy send their message of Christmas love and friendship!

Candy Tree Ornament

Christmas CandiesTree Ornament is sure to be a favorite family keepsake.


Christmas Teddy-Bears decor

Do I sound like a commercial? I apologize, but I’m so excited to bring new merch to my site! My Christmas oil paintings are part of my private collection, and I’m happy to be able to share them with you in this way. Check out the Gift Shop for more ornaments.

Stay tuned, new merch coming soon!

Until we meet again, much love ~ Rhonda