Mark Mehaffey painting on Christmas Day

Michigan artist Mark E. Mehaffey’s birthday is on December 25, and he decided the best way to celebrate was to paint outdoors with acrylics.

“Christmas Day Poplars,” by Mark Mehaffey, acrylic, 12 x 9 in.

“There was nothing I wanted to do more than get outside and paint in celebration of Christmas and my birthday,” says Mark E. Mehaffey. “It was a balmy 27 degrees outdoors — this is Michigan, after all — so my wife, Rosie, and our dog, Keshi, bundled up and headed for the township park. I worked quickly and finished my acrylic-on-canvas painting in about 25 minutes. It was a great way to enjoy the day.” For more information, visit


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