.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.
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.
“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
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
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