Jolly Old St Nick
Gold leafed giclee by Molly Neves
gold leaf by hand and brush stoked over giclee.
Art size 8" x 10"
Framed size 12" x14"
The image that inspired this painting has been a family Christmas tradition for decades. Utah artist LeConte Stewart painted a copy of the Santa from J.C Leyendecker's 1907 "Circle" Illustration, and would gift it to friends and neighbors for Christmas. LeConte was first cousins with my grandmother and she was the happy recipient of a print which she passed on to my family. The print has been a beloved part of my Christmas since childhood and has always hung above the fireplace in my parent's home during the holiday season. I wanted to revisit the magic of Santa Claus by putting a modern twist on this classic painting by painting a master copy with the classic color palette of gold and royal blue to match the twinkle in his jolly eyes. I hope it becomes a family tradition for you too! Merry Christmas!
Molly Neves is a landscape painter who was born and raised at the foot of the Wasatch mountains. Her preferred painting location is fully outdoors where she can capture the light and color as authentically as possible. In her work she strives to communicate the mood and feeling of a place simply through form, color and intentional brushstrokes.