Some of the most popular Christmas paintings depict scenes from the Nativity. For example, Franz Skarbina's 1892 work of the seated dollies and candlelit tree is particularly charming. The white dress of the little girl and angels reflected by the subtle lights are strikingly beautiful. Bartolome Murillo's 17th-century crib scene is also touching. The mother and father gently support the newborn child, and angels flutter above.

Besides traditional Christmas card designs, a Christmas art show will feature artwork from a broad range of Christian traditions. While there's not much competition between the paintings, a theme-based art show will help inspire the broadest possible range of works. In addition, Christmas paintings will feature more than just Christmas cards. Participants can enter two pieces into the show. The jurors will decide on the best two. The artists found the process of thinking up themes and creating their artwork to be immensely satisfying.

Many of these paintings feature scenes of the holiday season, including snow-covered mountains and snow-covered forests. Another popular style is H. L. Alpin's abstract version of the Christmas tree. This piece was a popular Christmas card for years, and is also available in various sizes. You can also purchase a print of this painting by Charlotte Sternberg, who created the famous Santa. Some of the paintings are available in canvas or oil paint and come with a variety of frames.

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