This is the pastel work on the easel presently. In preparation for holiday items I am inspired by the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas." Here is a less familiar partridge, my own version of a golden holiday partridge, surrounded by luscious pears.
The words from the song first appeared in a book titled "Mirth without Mischief" (1780 or 1783) in England. The tune apparently dates back much further and came from France. “The Twelve Days of Christmas” was a “memory and forfeits game” played by children at that time. Christians assign symbolic religious references to the gifts. The twelve days, incidentally, are the period of time between the birth of Jesus and the arrival of three wise men, January 6, Twelfth Night, Three Kings Day or as my mother called it "Little Christmas." For several years I created a new "Journey" piece of the the three wisemen.