Holidays

Have a Merry Christmas to all my readers

I wish everyone a joyous holiday season, whatever their situation may be.

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Whether in snow or rain or sun, enjoy this lovely time of year.  If you can’t enjoy it for the many reasons people don’t enjoy holidays, don’t despair.  It will be over in a few days.  

alphabet, greeting cards, Holidays, Illustrations, thoughts behind the work

Holiday cards update

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The gallery I am in now is new and we are learning what people like and what they want.  So we are happy that customers have been requesting Christmas cards. Living in Mexico has taught me that you have to get used to the unexpected.  Examples would be not being able to get  my favorite art supplies.  Solution:  try and try again and eventually learn how to survive by being very inventive and learning how to make substitutions.  Now that I have a full year of living here under my belt, I can honestly say nothing is easy but if you persevere, you may find as I have, that you will succeed.

I have learned that Mexican people don’t mail beautiful big cards often, or little, or not at all. This came as a shock to me and I got kind of scared when I realized it but, over time, I’ve learned how to fix this situation.   You can discourage me but you can’t kill my persistence.  These cards can be framed, given in person and make wonderful inexpensive gifts signed by the artist.

So here is the first collection with more in the works.  So far the gallery is loving them and believe it or not, this may be a rather new and unusual idea for the art-loving Mexican crowd.  They are an answer for expats to shop here and get what you had in mind and can’t find in general stores here.

I now have an excuse to play with fonts I love and their glyphs, photoshop and printing.  I am using the large HP scanner/printer HP7610.  Adobe photoshop 2018 cc.

The bottom line is that these are all my original artwork.  I do all the painting and drawing,  photography, and digital editing and I also do my own printing.  Why?  I like my own preference for high quality prints, rich colors and luscious heavy ecru paper stock.  These are my way of establishing who I am here in Mexico.  I have to say, for this job, I have worked very hard and now I can continue on this path and I am very grateful people are appreciating the effort.

p.s. the ripples on the photos are sun reflections from the glass top table.

animals, fantasy illustration, Holidays, Illustrations, kids, Revising Old Work

Dear Santa, a letter from a snow-globe

I designed this image a few years ago and I revised it a little lately, only changing the font.  I want to start building a small collection of my favorite designs I’ve done for the holidays.  I don’t really remember how I did this but looking at it today, it’s pretty cool.  Since I was without a computer for a few years, lots of strange things happened and pieces of my life went up in smoke.   I’m making a collection on this blog of rescued work because these drawings involved were substantial and I believe they are worth saving.

I think it makes a good Christmas card but I also like it on a kids’ t-shirt. check it out.

This is the first time in years that I’ve had more than a minute to catch up and breathe. I can now enjoy my art and I don’t have to put up a fight to allow it to just …be.  I don’t know where all this will lead, but it is helping me adjust to my new life here in Mexico.snowglobe-dearsanta-web

 

fantasy illustration, Holidays, Illustrations, kids

A little girl visits a pumpkin patch

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This little girl is a watercolor and she is on her own in Pumpkinville.  She brought a few miniature jack-o-lanterns with her to the fall party.  She was surprised to see lots of blue cats everywhere.  My goodness, what a creative thinker she is to explore this territory all by herself.

I decided to edit the painting digitally and present it as a circle.  It has an old fashioned quality to me and I thought that there is enough fantasy here to play a little.

Here is the image on products.