Well, Dear Readers, Here it is! I know my photos never quite do it justice. And the copies from the printer that go out to family and friends are always subtly different from the original. It is difficult to be the artist and to know that what is sent out is not really really Really exactly what I painted. This year the printed version shows much more "gray" than I had intended.... but the photo here does come close to the pure, brilliant colors I was painting. As always, it is 8.5 x 11 inches, pen and ink and watercolor paint on Arches watercolor paper. It is copied in the same size it is drawn, not enlarged or reduced. The details and vignettes are scenes from the happenings in my life over the past year. And as always, the setting has something to do with the Christmas Season. (It is intended to be a Christmas Card, after all!) The main stories this year were the numerous (Wonderful!) visits of Family to my little home. I saw every member of my immediate family during the Summer and Autumn! And of course, the work in my mini worlds had to be shown..... even though it was shoved into the corners and really only amounted to lilacs... and more lilacs... and more lilacs... and the barest beginnings of the Sugarplum Studio project. The Letter "S" is, I hope, Self explanatory! My Sister and I were amusing ourselves with searching out the number of "s" words involved in the drawing! So there you have it. It only took me one hundred hours of drawing, inking and painting.
And because I am slowly trying to find my way
back into my mini projects,
I did work more on the tiny Christmas Stocking.
And as I stitched, the masking tape holding
the cloth in place kept giving way....
Making it impossible to stitch.
It is really a problematic method... it leaves
a terribly gummy residue on the cloth, and doesn't hold very well!
I peeled it back from the cloth and used sewing thread
to bind the cloth to the frame instead.
(Sorry about the blurry picture!)
At least that allowed me to complete the stitching on the Santa!
But I didn't get much else done.
Because I always forget that once I am done Drawing the Card...
I still have to write and mail a whole bunch of cards!
So I hope you don't mind such a short post, Dear Readers,
and I hope you enjoy seeing the Christmas Card at Last!