Here is a bit of Santa Claus inspiration from Heidi Drewes, in her own words. Truth – this is actually from 2013. We are just a bit slow in getting our blog going!

I love painting Santa’s and Kris Kringles and Father Christmas und das Weihnachtsman (yes I can understand and speak a little German) and love Santa’s red coat in your painting, which reminded me of the first time I dipped a paint brush into the 2 oz bottle of Child’s Rocker Bright Red you sent me last Christmas..I immediately thought that red was as powerfully pigmented and as RED as Marilyn Monroe’s lipstick…and just as velvety smooth and lustrous flowing off the brush!

I sometimes paint my Santa’s in other color coats as well. I have a small collection of German Smokers, hand-carved in the Erzgebirge region in Germany and one of them is a wonderful St. Nicholas, he was the first one I had…a gift from my parents for Christmas. I painted a panel on a cupboard door with this smoker on it, with all intentions to keep it because I loved it so much, but it found another owner…when the price is right…it has a new home! I am sending some of my Santa’s I’ve painted on little cupboards we’ve made and another one painted on a masonite panel with a frame grained in black over British Red…done long ago! I can envision you giving Santa painting workshops as well, you are doing a great job!