10x8 Oil on cradled panel, Black floater frame
This lamp was from a scene in “A Christmas Story”, which was based on the book by Jean Shepherd, titled: “In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash” which is possibly the best book title in the history of book titles.
The film is played on a loop that starts on Christmas Eve and has been the background noise to pretty much every Christmas gathering at our house, since they first started these “24 Hours of A Christmas Story” TV marathons in the late 90s.
If you haven’t seen it yet … why do you hate laughing so much?
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8x10 oil on cradled panel, black floater frame
Will Ferrell is hilarious in the movie Elf. He’s the kind of overly-enthusiastic co-worker who actually enjoys team building exercises at work retreats, but also, that one friend who drinks way too much redbull and is always up for some shenanigans. And I like that about him.
I especially loved the parts in “Elf", where they paid tribute to the original stop motion Christmas specials by Rankin & Bass, “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”. The entire movie is genius.
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8x8 oil on panel, black floater frame
As much as I adore Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, the stop motion animated movie … I have to admit, there was a whole lot of bad parenting in the beginning. First of all, a shiny red nose may have been a treatable condition. Did the Donners even talk to a pediatrician? (or vet?)
Or even if it wasn’t a medical issue, why would Donner and his wife tell their kid he’s worthless unless he can conform to societal norms about their physical appearance?
Yeah, that’s not damaging at all. :-/
Jeez, I almost sound like someone who never got over her mother telling her she should stop dressing like a boy. Ahem.
8x8 Oil on Panel, black floater frame
I love this character so much. Like, if he starred in a reality TV show, I would be all-in, and I don’t even like reality TV. But Yukon Cornelius would be great in something like “Ice Road Truckers” or “Alaskan Bush People”. (If you were thinking “Naked and Afraid” or one of its various spin-offs like “Naked and Afraid XL” or “Naked and Afraid of Love”, there is something seriously wrong with you. And we should definitely be friends).
Actually, having said all that … he DID turn the Abominable Snow Monster, a wild creature, into a pet. And Bumbles, surely, must be on the endangered species list. I woudn’t want to see Yukon go full “Tiger King”, open an exotic animal petting zoo, and grow a mullet. That would be a tragic end to a beloved character.
8x8 Oil on panel, black floater frame
This one is from the rather odd Rankin and Bass Christmas special “Frosty and Rudolph Christmas in July”. And you’d be forgiven for thinking this one jumped the shark from the title alone. I mean … not only do we have to suspend our disbelief about a talking snowman, but now we have to believe he heads south … in July?!
Let’s just say, it got a little weird. There was a circus involved. But Ethel Merman was in it, so we can forgive the weirdness. She starred as Lilly Loraine, an Annie Oakley type, who was basically a female version of Yukon Cornelius. She likes to shoot her guns in the air every time she needs to make a point and that’s exactly what I’d do, if someone gave me guns. (If I’m being honest, I have been known to do “finger-guns” when I feel I’ve scored a point on my husband). This film wasn’t quite as weird as the lesser known Rankin/Bass film, “Rudolph’s Shiny New Year” that featured a caveman, a whale, and an evil vulture, but still … again ... a little weird.
Still, it was nice to have a sequel for Frosty, where we get to meet his kids, Chilly and Milly. Tho, don’t you hate it when parents of twins give them rhyming names? Ooof. They’re twins. You just raised the chance they’ll be mistaken for each other by 1000%. And according to my statistics textbook from college, that’s a terrible thing to do to twins (I think that’s what it said. I don’t remember much from statistics).
Approx 5”x5” Oil on ornament-shaped panel
Have you seen those T-shirts with bigfoot and the text “I want to believe”?
Screw the naysayers, who think there’s no such thing as Big Foot, or Sasquatch, or Himalayan Yetis. If they aren’t real, how do you explain the movie “Harry and the Hendersons”?
Ipso facto, Bumbles exist. (It’s called The Scientific Method. Look it up).
6x6 oil on panel, black floater frame
This is from the scene in Elf where Will Ferrell confronts the fake santa. He’s saying what we all think about Shopping Mall Santas.
Talk about a terrible job though. Screaming kids. Itchy fake beard. Gobbless these sweaty pretend Santas, having to ask little brats if they’ve been good, and pretending to believe them. Oof.
Remember telling Santa you’ve been really good all year, with your fingers crossed behind your back hoping he won’t remember that time you tied up the neighbor kid and threatened to make him eat the dog poo you had speared on a stick? We’ve all done it.
8x10 Oil on linen board, black floater frame
Good thing my mom didn’t wash my mouth out with soap every time I cursed or I’d be burping up more suds than a jacuzzi full of Gwyneth Paltro’s bath bombs to this day. Little kids would be following me around like a bubble blaster, although I could probably earn a few extra bucks if Fran rented me out to wedding parties.
If “A Christmas Story” isn't on your list of movies to watch every year, you need to rethink your holiday choices.
8x8 oil on linen board, black floater frame
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I think the title says it all.
Many thanks to IG: @secretlifeofnell for allowing me to use their found photo as reference!