Christmasphere – Snowflake Contest

Rarely do I join in on blog contests, or “blog-hops” where bloggers get together around a specific theme. Several times Artistcoveries has been nominated for various blog awards, and I’ve made it a point to decline these and keep the blog “award-free”. It’s not that I’m not a social blogger. I love browsing the “blogosphere”, finding new blogs to follow, and making new friends along the way. It’s just that my purpose in blogging is to focus on art, and to share my personal experience as I follow this unexpected pathway in my life, somehow becoming an artist late in life.

Bloggers come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and ages, and I’ve recently gotten acquainted with “The One Who Always Talks” — a teen blogger with a blog called “Online Days“. It’s an anonymous blog, and I can understand and respect that. I can also enjoy reading the thoughts of someone much younger than I am. It’s always fun to see the world from someone else’s perspective.

Currently, “The One Who Always Talks” is hosting a Christmas art challenge, and I was invited to participate. It’s been a crazy year. We’re living in a world where so many things seem upside down, or sideways, at least. Although participating in a “blog event” isn’t something I would normally do, this time it was different. I liked the idea of sharing a bit of Christmas spirit, being part of something outside of myself and my little art studio, and making a connection with the larger world.

So, here is my “Christmasphere” painting.


First Snowfall by Judith Kraus 5 x 7 Oil on Canvas Panel


This was originally painted in November, 2018. Later that year, I shared it here on the blog as a “Happy Holidays” message. Although I’ve since painted many other snowscapes, I think this one will always remain a favorite.

I hope you enjoy my holiday “Christmasphere” contribution, and I’m looking forward to seeing the drawings and paintings shared by other artists. Now, in accordance with the contest rules, I’m linking here to the original “Online Days” blog post. I hope I’m doing it correctly! I invite all Artistcoveries readers to visit Online Days, and I thank “The One Who Always Talks” for the invitation to take part in this fun “Snowflake” contest.

Art isn’t really about competition, of course. It’s about sharing, and that’s why I’m happy to be part of this holiday event.


  1. I love this painting! The trees are so realistic. You are talented, you could probably sell greeting cards!
    (I tried to market my poetry this way years ago, but Hallmark said they had a person for that job). Oh well 🤷‍♀️

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    1. Thanks. I’m content to make cards for our family and leave it at that. And BTW, while Hallmark is probably the largest greeting card company, they’re not the only one. Have you checked Writer’s Market? Is there a separate “market” book for poetry? You might want to check it out to see what freelance opportunities for verse you find.


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