A British man named Tom Baker is the DaVinci of wintertime windows, creating enormous, magical scenes from sprayed-on white paint that transform clear panes into Christmastime wonderlands.
We have most likely all seen and perhaps even used the removable paint that can be sprayed on windows during Christmas — it gives the magical look of frost-coated windows to any home or business at this most special time of year. Usually, though, in the hands of amateurs, the paint takes the form of big, puffy billows or simple lines of white that make windows look like they have had a touch of frost.
Baker, however, was not satisfied with that simplistic look. Just four years ago, he started taking this winter pastime to an entirely new level when he began to create scenes within the white paint, etching cabins, skaters and snowy fir trees into it, making all who look at the windows gasp in awe.
Christmastime is a fleeting joy — as is Baker’s art
When Baker is finished making his wintry scenes, viewers are transported into Alpine scenes with skating children and people strolling along a stone bridge, gazing at the snowy mountains beyond. They can also take a visual trip down a Christmasy city street, with white
It is all a labor of love for the British man, who says simply, ” I just love Christmas.” Baker, who now refers to himself as “The Snowman,” explains to BBC reporters that the doesn’t have a day off from when he normally starts plying his frosty trade on October 31 until Christmastime.
Using tools as simple as ice scrapers, ordinary paintbrushes and the sharpened ends of paintbrushes, with which he etches the finer lines, Baker normally creates “between 150 and 200 a year,” he states.
He explains that he will create any kind of panorama that the customer desires, but prices begin at £150 and go up from there. For those who are really gearing up and going all out to create that Christmas spirit — or just those who would rather look out on a snowy landscape instead of a dark, rainy British December backdrop, Baker charges as much as £1000 for his artwork.
Baker notes that the owners of the Empire State Building in Manhattan have even inquired about his services, which they said were needed to decorate their gigantic ground-level windows. Now, Baker has completed a staggering 1,000 windows, spreading Christmas cheer in the form of wintry scenes wherever he goes.
He says he has never grown tired of creating the scenes, explaining it is their temporary nature that makes them so special. “It’s not just something you buy and then pack away in the loft; it’s gone forever. So it’s in the moment.
“But that’s Christmas, isn’t it? It’s just here and then it’s gone.”