Fantasy oil painting “Cardinal ride”

Holiday spirit

What would you think of combination of cardinal red bird, snowy pine needles, gingerbread man and jingle bell? Sounds holiday? Well, this is my version of holiday painting. To be honest the gingerbread man in my mind is much wilder. It wears metal armor and holds a sword. It rides the red cardinal bird like a war horse. But, when I actually paint it I discard the armor and sword. I hope to have a peaceful holiday. 😀


I first paint the pine needles with palette knife. Don’t quite like it so I go over with liner paint brush. I guess I am more comfortable with a brush. The cardinal bird needs more layers since the red paint has less coverage. If I want to cover some area I have to watch a salmon pink bird for couple of days until I can put saturated red on top of the salmon pink layer. Yellow color paint is the same, less coverage. As to the gingerbread man, they are flat. The realistic gingerbread man is flat, not round because it is a cookie after all. 😀 I do have some 3D gingerbread dolls at home, but I prefer the flat version in this case. Just like the story “Gingerbread man”.


I read some posts saying this winter is going to be abnormal in terms of temperature and precipitation. I am not sure what I am expecting in Minnesota, more cold and more snow? 🤣

Well, we will see.

I hope this painting will bring you some holiday mood~ ❤

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My paintings are an outlet to express the imagination I have inside my head that I can not put into words. After trying many mediums, I always find myself coming back to paint and brushes. In my current artistic practice, I use oil paint and mainly create portraits of mythical creatures and animals transfixed in the shifting colours of seascapes and landscapes. There is a natural spirit and magic to these creatures and their energy draws me in. Choosing to paint these creatures as real living wildlife rather than abstractions, I use bold and vivid colours to express the imaginary intertwined with reality, finding magic between the seams. Using a saturated colour palette, I create bold and striking imagery, contrasted between foreground and background, subject and landscape, and light and darkness. Weaving their bodies and the surface of the landscape into each other through organic forms and flowing brush strokes, I find beauty, strength and innocence in these creatures that reflect my inner world.