December 10, 2012

Elegant Simplicity at Christmas

8" x 8" - oil on canvas panel

Ah.. it's Christmas again, that time of year when you either revel in the season or feel a strong inclination to grumble a "bah humbug!" My remedy for keeping Christmas cheer is to keep it simple. That was my mantra last Christmas, and it worked so well that I'm giving it another go this year. The truth is that at Christmastime, especially, there are no trimmings more beautiful or elegant than what nature offers. I think the natural elegance of the season is perfectly depicted in Elizabeth Floyd's lovely painting, December's Bounty

Framed painting: $300.00 starting bid + S&H

Her composition and talented rendering of pomegranate, holly and hellebore underscore the beauty of some of the season's best offerings. I think it would make a wonderful, treasured Christmas present, don't you? You must read her blog post on how the painting came about, here. The painting is available for purchase via online auction here

On Pinterest (that beloved shrine of beauty), I've gathered lots of inspiration for creating a natural Christmas scene. If you have a little do-it-yourself hankering in your fingers, you'll have to go no further than the farmer's market or perhaps your own yard to recreate many of the splendid things you'll find, here.

Around my house this year, the simplest delights include strings of white lights on the shrubs and eves of the house, a Charlie Brown Christmas tree loaded with ornaments, the wood tree trunk peering through the boughs, and an over-sized creche taking center-stage on a bed of sheet moss. 

I hope you're having a happy Christmas! I'll be back a few days from now with a few photos from around my house.



  1. It is a beautiful painting, Keri. And, yes, the best decorations come from nature.

  2. Good afternoon Keri my dear!

    I so agree with you about simplicity. I did not even bring out half of what I usually use and I am so happy with what little I do have up. NATURE DEFINITELY offers the most lovely of all. I am a glitter lover, but I have kept that to a minimum this year because not only do I now want to deal with the clean up, but the shining lights on the tree, the reflection of candles on my chandeliers and the mounts of snow outside are enough for me.

    I thank you so much for coming to visit me. Much love to you Keri and soon, the sun will shine again. Anita

  3. Gorgeous painting, Keri! Can't wait to see the photos from around your house!

  4. Beautiful painting Keri and I can't wait to see what you've done with your tree!


  5. I agree, Keri. My favorite inspiration photos are those that use natural elements for the holidays. Nature does it best with the natural red and green, sprinkled with the rich cocoa color of pine cones. This painting is lovely, pomegranates are one of my favorite holiday fruits whether in a bowl or the seeds in a salad.
    Enjoy your week.
    Karen at Garden, Home and Party

  6. Hi Keri! I look forward to seeing your 'keep it simple' Christmas decor.
    Many Christmas blessings, my friend,
    Wendi xo

  7. Keri....its a beautiful painting...Love it! I want a Charlie Brown tree also..your decor sounds wonderful!

  8. Stunning painting Keri.
    I'm sure your house looks wonderful.
    Hope you have a lovely day,
    Liz x

  9. Hello dear Keri, I am ditto to all the above....Nature always gets it right! What a beautiful painting! I love pomegranates and they are a part of my Italian heritage at Christmas...always had them as a child and fill a bowl at Christmas time....looking forward to more loveliness coming from you. Yes, Pinterest factors large on my inspiration file, isn't it great!! N.xo

  10. Dear Keri -
    Lovely post! Liz Floyd is a delightful new friend of mine. We've visited a couple times, and she is really kind. I'm really fond of Liz AND her paintings!! Thanks for sharing this post~
    Happy Holidays!
    Very best,

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  12. Good morning Keri. Me too, I am in shock and feel awkward going on in merriment for the holidays. BUT life goes on, and in appropriate style, we continue to share the love and wonder of the season. Thank you so much for coming to visit. Peace and love in your household today! Anita


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