Fellow artists, don’t you just envy people who can just go BUY a pack of Christmas cards instead of agonizing over what creation of yours to use to express your holiday cheer and make a Wisconsin winter seem like fun? It’s great to have a personal card, but over the years (and YEARS) it’s a challenge to come up with a new idea.
I started as a high school student making cards for my mom to send, and have made cards from linoleum block prints, silk screen, drawings, photos, and of course watercolors. That’s over 50 years of card making, with a few lapses. You can see some of the examples in more recent years below:
My first choice is usually some cheerful red berries, but this year I decided to do another landscape, trying to find every scrap of beauty in our frigid temps! I sat down and did three quarter sheets – snow is so easy to paint compared to all that green foliage! My 2014 selection is the vertical winter stream painting, probably because those first early snows do still inspire a sense of awe and beauty. You know – the “I’m glad I’m not in Florida because I would be missing this!” feeling!
So enjoy creating a unique greeting for friends and family, even though it’s not the easy way out!
Happy Holidays Everyone!