Unlike the average family, we never decorate our house in red and green at Christmastime. Instead, we deck the halls and trim the tree in silver, white, and turquoise hues. I’ve painted many Christmas canvases with that color scheme, but this is one of my favorites because it reminds me of my mom and her fascination with peacocks.
Like most of my artwork, I did this piece with acrylic paint. I thickly coated my brush with white paint to develop texture and applied a dabbing method for the snow. I added teal strokes to the bird’s feathers to pull in the surrounding colors.
One of the reasons I’m glad we decorate differently for Christmas is because that makes my family unique. Peacocks are normally blue instead of white, but the rarity of albino peacocks gives them a stunning appearance. God uses the differences in our looks, tastes, and behavior to create beauty and diversity. So, remember to always cherish those quirky, unusual traits and traditions that make you and your loved ones special.
Mariposa Aristeo is a self-taught artist and aspiring children’s author who captures the glories of God’s creation on paper. She is a graphic designer and the Instagram manager here at Story Embers and desires to encourage other storytellers in crafting novels that ignite the imagination and warm the heart.
If you ask her what her favorite things are, she would probably say nothing, since she scores a staggering 88 percent on introversion. However, if you ask her to write about it, she’ll give a five-page treatise on palm trees, chocolate-covered pineapple, and plumerias. Her favorite pastimes include card-making, baking, hiding Easter eggs in her art, exploring Disney World, burning spiders at the stake, perusing the works of John MacArthur and Charles Spurgeon, and reading every dinosaur book she can get her hands on. Her assistant, Aberdeen the Authorosaurus (an ink-drinking, book-eating dinosaur), helps supply her with ideas, taste-test her pages, and get her back to writing by threatening to sit on her. If you want to read about his exploits in her office, writerly dinosaurian advice, or nonsensical sense, please visit: DinosDigest.com.