Sharing one of the presents from each family member of this theme: the nature that I love and share with you all here, through my oil paintings and stories. The above video shows the gifts my husband and oldest daughter gave me for my garden and the images below show the bird and butterfly related gifts from my younger two kids.
It feels good when the people we love understand who we are and what makes us happy. I loved receiving presents to help me enjoy my garden and beloved birds and nature. It is a Merry Christmas indeed! God’s world is a gift for everyone. JOY TO THE WORLD!
This song is part of the 45 minute Christmas variety show featuring 2 oil paintings, singing, and dancing: 2021 CHRISTMAS SHOW. Please share with anyone who would enjoy a free joyful event to watch over these special days. It’s Christmas Eve, dear friends. I hope that you are tucked away with people you love and are ready to celebrate Christmas.
God bless you and your family, this day and always.
“Fred” is a collection of oil paintings that was published as a children’s book to inspire creative children to always believe in yourself and never give up. This short illustrated book is an autobiography- simple stories from Natalie’s childhood that could appeal to all ages as amusing or interesting, with 2 minute time-lapse painting videos making the experience interactive. The themes are especially suitable for aspiring artists and for any student who benefits from encouragement and help with establishing self confidence, with funny stories to entertain.
Fred is the nickname that Natalie’s father called her. The oft-told story goes that one day when Natalie was three years old, she announced that her name was no longer Natalie, but Fred. No one knows why and Natalie has no recollection of this incident, but her father honored her wishes and never called her Natalie ever again, always Fred.
This oil painting of “Fred” (peeking behind the fire hydrant) was inspired by a black and white picture that her late father took when he was enrolled in a photography course. This was taken on Grissom Air Force base, where he was stationed (“Little Girl in a Tree” was also inspired by her father’s photographs, as he was taking a photography class at the time and Natalie was the focus of one of his student projects). Watch more art from the Fred book come to life: