Wednesday, December 13, 2006


The lovely kerrdelune invited me to participate in a meme. Please visit her blog. It will breath life into your spirit.

As I pulled melodies out of my head, I thought back to the cold, snowy nights in Madison, Wisconsin, where I grew up. For several Christmases in the early 1970s our family joined with several others to carol from door to door.

Muffled in coats, scarves, hats, mittens, gloves, we crunched at least two miles on frozen roads. That was before polar fleece and gore tex. Someone would call out a title and we would start to raise the song, all 20 of us. Often we stopped to knock on doors of old people or for people with young children. Both exuded a sense of delight and wonder.

When we were sufficiently frozen and hoarse we went to the Clausen's house for gingerbread cookies, pfeffernusse, and glogg. Those are very fond memories.

I whipped up this painting, imagining that these three people are singing "Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen" in 3-part harmony. Thanks kerrdelune. You have rekindled my love of this delightful Christmas tradition.

I'm going to skip my unfavorites. No need to start this beautiful day on a negative note. Here are my favorites:

"Good King Wenceslas "

"Oh Come! Oh Come, Emmanuel!"

"Bring a Torch, Jeannette Isabella"

"Rise Up Shepherd and Follow!", as sung by Harry Belafonte c. 1964

"In the Bleak Midwinter" listen to this one, pointed out by kerrdelune.

"The Grinch's Song" (You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch!)


Blogger Sacred Suzie said...

The image feels very "Starry Sky"-ish but with snow, I mean that as the highest compliment, I love that painting!

That's amazing you've done carolling, that doesn't happen very much anymore. You have beautiful memories and stories Caroline, thank you for sharing them.

9:23 AM  
Blogger Sacred Suzie said...

Oh! I forgot to mention I went to that woman's blog and LOVED it! I have added her to my list of watched blogs, thank you.

9:23 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

Your painting made me feel warm and Christmasy. You say you "whipped it up" long do these wonderful, fun drawings and paintings take to do? They are a bright spot in my day.
I'm happy that my work has touched you, also.

12:19 PM  
Blogger Thailand Gal said...

Looking for these paintings and pictures is becoming a part of my regular routine now. I absolutely love them!



1:52 PM  
Blogger dmmgmfm said...

I agree with Thailand Gal. I don't feel my day is complete unless I've checked your blog for your latest creation.


3:11 PM  
Blogger Potato Print said...

Wow, Thailand Gal and dmmgmfm,

Your comments really made my day. Someone recently told me that I seem happier and more "expansive" recently. I know for sure that drawing/painting makes me happy, as does all this communication with like-minded souls. Thank you. Thank you.

4:10 PM  
Blogger Alina Chau said...

THis painting is beautiful, love the poetic whimsical atmosphere!! :)

7:30 PM  
Blogger Suzy said...

Caroline, are you familiar with that children's book The Hundred Dresses, by Eleanor Estes? It is illustrated by Louis Slobodkin (who illustrated a lot of her books -- I wonder if they were married ...) but anyway, your caroling painting is very reminiscent of Slobodkin's illustrations. I love it!

11:55 PM  
Blogger Cindy said...

I love the Grinch's Song too, well really everything in that animated movie is a favorite.

the painting is delightful, I love the echo of patterns throughout. . . the foot tracks in the snow, the window panes, the snow and splotches of leaves that make up the bushes
also the lovely glow of light in the night

and many thanks for your comment and link, "learning daily" yes whether I like the results or not I certainly love the looking

1:50 AM  
Blogger kerrdelune said...

Oh my, I love your carol choices, and the image is just sublime. Heaps of kudos to you for both. The painting made me feel so "Christmasy", and feeling that way is difficult just now with our snow all gone. THANK YOU!!!

4:32 PM  
Blogger Ginnie said...

testing to see if my comment comes through.

7:01 PM  
Blogger Ginnie said...

Yeah! Finally got in. As you know I love your posts Caroline and also this picture. So glad I can get in now and I love the comments that you've left for me.
Fondly, Ginnie

7:03 PM  
Blogger tournesol said...

I love this picture too, I used to go caroling all the time, good memories for sure. A good feeling of doing something nice for someone else, especially in the convalescent homes, such an appreciative audience.

10:57 PM  
Blogger melba said...

When I click on your blog and see you have post a big smile always comes to my face!

How I would love to have carollers come to our door! (much better than the Jahova Witnesses that come every month to our door smiling with pamphlets that say you should only be friends and associate with other believers and that if you don't believe their way you will be in hell for eternity.)

As always I LOVE your art!


11:29 AM  
Blogger miss*R said...

you know, your art is gorgeous - I can see this one on a christmas card! you are so talented.
(and I love when you comment on my blog too x0 - yep* we sure have a kindred'ship' (if there is a word) xo)

9:03 PM  
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