Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Who paints Three Nosed Santa?
Although you wouldn't know it by the weather, it is holiday season in Chicago. The surest sign of that to me is the presence of Three Nosed Santa.  The anonymous painter who creates these window paintings seems to work on the northside of the city and the adjacent suburbs.  This photo was taken on Church Street in Skokie.  If I see more paintings by this artist I will post them here.
I started calling this version of St. Nicholas Three Nosed Santa because from a distance or in passing the rosy cheeks and nose seem to blur together into three noses.  The artist uses brush strokes that render the features very hard to distinguish from each other.  And this technique makes his or her art immediately identifiable.
  The close up here reveals one more mark of identification.  Santa has leaves (mistletoe?) for eyebrows.
  You'll see window paintings like this around town at small businesses and storefronts.  CVS Drugs or Bennigan's is not about to have corporate messaging weakened by anything approaching localized, individualized creativity.  A merry ho-ho-ho to you, oh anonymous creator.  I hope to see Three Nosed Santa for many Christmases to come.

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