Bo In The Snow And The White House Christmas Card Paintings of Jackie Kennedy

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.Des Moines artist Larissa  Kabel added a white scarf and a wintery  White House wonderland to her painting of Bo for the winning White House 2012 Christmas Card entry.  First Lady Jacquline  Kennedy  painted two White House Christmas cards in 1963 that were reproduced by Hallmark and sold to benefit what is now the Kennedy Center.

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Two additional White House Christmas cards were produced in 1963 by Hallmark. The designs were painted by Jacqueline Kennedy, herself, and the proceeds from their sale went to build the present day Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington. One of the designs, entitled Journey of the Magi, depicted the three wise men on their way to Bethlehem. The other design, entitled Glad Tidings, depicted a golden-haired angel announcing the birth of Christ. –WhiteHouse.gov

Via Yahoo…” Larassa Kabel never expected to be chosen when she submitted her painting to be considered for the White House holiday card this September.

The Des Moines, Iowa, artist said “it was a very surreal moment,” when she got the call from the White House secretary’s office while cooking pizza for her family one night, hearing that first lady Michelle Obama had chosen her piece.

The dog in the portrait is sporting a scarf, something Kabel says was an addition she made to the photo the White House sent out for her as part of the competition.

Jackie Kennedy's Painting Of The White House Christmas Tree, 1961

Jackie Kennedy’s Painting Of The White House Christmas Tree, 1961

“They asked us to do an interpretation of the photo, and I did need to change a couple of things,” Kabel said. “Black animals are difficult to

Jackie Kennedy For Hallmark, White House Christmas Card Painting, Journey Of The Magi

Jackie Kennedy For Hallmark, White House Christmas Card Painting, Journey Of The Magi, 1963

represent and have them read as three-dimensional.”

To make the snow look realistic, Kabel used a tool most people have inside their bathrooms: a toothbrush.

“It splatters so it looks like snow,” Kabel said.

The White House

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The Last Kennedy Christmas Card, 1963
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won’t be paying Kabel for her portrait of Bo (“I’m living on glory,” she said when asked about compensation), but she and her husband will attend the White House holiday party on Dec. 18 “–Via Yahoo

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2 thoughts on “Bo In The Snow And The White House Christmas Card Paintings of Jackie Kennedy

  1. Sweet painting of Bo in the Snow! It has such a “snowy” feel to it, with bouncy Bo enjoying the snow. So happy to receive this card, especially here in sunny Florida! Happy Holidays to the Obama Family!

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