Monday, December 21, 2009

Presepio background: Views from the stable windows.

Large background: Shepherds - 30" x 40" acrylic on canvas.

Large background: Bethlehem - 30" x  40" acrylic on canvas.

Small background: Shepherds - 20" x 20" acrylic on canvas.

Small background: Medieval Bethlehem scene.  20" x 20" acrylic on canvas.

Not great art - just naive background paintings - views out the stable window - which will hardly be noticed.  Very fun project!


Anonymous said...


I particularly like the color of the sky. As a child I always loved "midnight blue" in my pack of Crayola crayons and I can see some of it in the sky! :>

Tom in Vegas said...


I'm not trying to flatter you, but you are extremely talented. I LOVE these beautiful pieces!

Let me put it to you this way: you inspire me to turn to my art mediums and paint.


The Bethlehem piece truly is a Silent Night. It seems so still, so contemplative with the solitary star in the sky and the pathways and walkways devoid of people

Tom in Vegas said...

Forgot to mention, the skies are intense and starry and beautiful and...simply put, I love them. And I also like the shepherds reaction to the appearing Angel.

Terry Nelson said...

Thanks Tom and Susan - I went to the church this PM to deliver them - set up starts tomorrow.

Unknown said...


Thank you for sharing them with us.

I'm not really qualified to judge. But oh how grateful I and others would be if we could could see them in person.

Merry Christmas, Terry. And God Bless You!

Cathy_of_Alex said...

Ter: These are looking very good. Your style reminds me of Bosch and that's a big compliment coming from me.

J.E. said...

Ray from MN:
Your prayers are answered. The paintings are at the Cathedral to see in person. The photos here do not capture the full effect, especially the sky - the colors are more intense in person. And if you want to take in every detail, remember your opera glasses. It's a busy little town of Bethlehem.

Unknown said...


Where is the Creche? Is it the large one outside?

I was going to go over to the Cathedral for Mass this afternoon, but their web page links don't work and I didn't know the time. I ended up at Nativity.

J.E. said...

Ray from MN:
Indoors. M-F Daily Mass is 7:30 am and 5:15 pm,
Saturday 8:00 am.
Sat 7:00 pm, Sunday 8,10,12 and 5.

Unknown said...

Thanks, J.E.

If you know somebody there, tell them that all the links on their new web page are busted.


J.E. said...

Ray from MN
They were fixing it this morning and just in case, the after hours outgoing phone message has Mass Times
651 - 228-1766

Larry Denninger said...

Terry - these are beautiful. Thanks for sharing them - thanks for painting them!

May you have a blessed Christmas season.

Terry Nelson said...

Thanks Larry and everyone!

Vincenzo said...

"Small background: Medieval Bethlehem scene. 20" x 20" acrylic on canvas."

I like that - beautiful sky.