Ellen Beier says: "Here are some views of my studio and desktop during the making of The Christmas Coat . . . beginning with the books that helped me learn about life at Rosebud in South Dakota, in the winter of 1945. You can see that I look at many books, photos and pictures to do my research."
Books for reference
Working at night
Before I start to paint I make a miniature - and even a mini-miniature - of the book, called a dummy. Some photos of this process follow.