Ornament Collections 2016

I'm so excited to share ornaments with you! They have been so much fun to work on and I'm very happy with how they turned out. I have three collections all launching on Wednesday, November 9, at 10:00 am. You can find them in my shop under the Christmas Ornaments tab. In anticipation, though, I wanted to share a bit about each collection.

Winter Woodland

I love Christmas decor that centers around nature. While snow covers everything, most of the birds and animals hide away or move to warmer climbs but a few can still be found and that's where I drew inspiration for this collection. Quail scurry around our yard, sparrows hop from limb to limb, and the evergreen trees offer beautiful contrast to all the white. I captured that with my loose watercolor style on unglazed discs. I hope the pieces in this collection help you bring a bit of the outdoors in without any of the extra cold.

Caroling, Caroling

My mom loved Christmas music and my family maintains quite a collection, ranging from choral to jazz to traditional to a cappella to popular. She would pull it out after Labor Day and the familiar songs would fill the house for months. Add in decades of choir where we began learning Christmas music as early as August and it isn't hard to understand the depth of my attachment to carols of all kinds. The pieces in this collection are painted in my signature abstract style with oil paint, inspired by lyrics from various traditional carols.

Holiday Garland

I love bringing greenery into our home at Christmastime. Simple boxwood wreaths on the doors and windows are welcoming and pine and spruce branches scattered around the window sills and shelves bring a feeling of warmth and festivity without being kitschy. I drew inspiration for this collection from all the trimming we use to decorate during the holidays, complete with berries and cones. The ornaments in this collection are painted with acrylic in deceptively simple shapes, creating a wreath or garland around the belly of the glazed white globes.

I hope you find some pieces in these collections that speak to you and that they bring a feeling of welcoming warmth and festivity to your home this holiday season and for many seasons to come.

Annie Preece