My face is now painted. Tom mixed several colors to achieve the desired tone. Some of my friends have brown faces, some very pale faces, and some have darker flesh tones. The acrylic paint is mixed very thin to allow the pigment to penetrate the wood. The Holiday Visitor Collection is characterized by the color being in the wood not on it. Artists have always been painting my picture. Some of the most famous were done by Haddon Sundblom.
Haddon Sundblom & Coca-Cola
Born in 1899, Haddon Sundblom dominated the commercial art scene for decades. Often using himself as the model, Sundblom developed the image of jolly Saint Nick for Coca-Cola.
For inspiration, Sundblom turned to Clement Clark Moore's 1822 poem "A Visit From St. Nicholas." Moore's description of the man as "chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf" led to an image of Santa that was warm, friendly and human. For the next 35 years, Sundblom painted portraits of Santa that helped to create the modern image of Santa -- an interpretation that today lives on in the minds of children of all ages all over the world.
Santa Painting By Shelby Coffman