Merry Christmas 2020!

Well we made it to Christmas! It has been a tough year, for sure, but we are all making the best of the situation. I get to meet my new Grandkitty today.

Today’s post is the stocking that was supposed to be posted on the 11, but John and I liked it so much that it became our Christmas Card. Thanks to Vistaprint, I received them by the 18th and they went out on the same afternoon. That’s the beauty of printing out labels.

My homemade Christmas card started years ago when I was working for a telecomm company and I wanted to give everyone a gift and the best way to do that was to make a Christmas card. Recipients liked them so much that they hung them in cubicles or framed them. It grew from there.

To cut expenses this year, I went the postcard route, which is less expensive and easier to frame. This year’s card started as a pen & ink sketch and then I added the color with Procreate. I started to get a little carried away.

The stocking is based on the one we got from Pier 1 many moons ago and I changed the colors and pattern a bit. We still have the stocking, but no fire place so it is hanging from a side table in our dining area. The fireplace is actually the one we had when we lived on LI based on many photos and sketches that I have of it. I miss having a fireplace.

I don’t usually post my holiday cards but since it was done for the challenge and I have run out of time to do another, I am posting this holiday treat for you.

MERRY CHRISTMAS! Season’s Greetings and here’s wishing for Peace on Earth and Goodwill to EVERYONE.

Christmas Art Countdown – Day 22

I don’t know why it is but this time of year, especially since I have gotten older, I crave things with peppermint. I take my supplements, especially in the winter, but I can’t seem to get enough of the minty stuff around Christmas. I am fond of mint chocolate chip ice cream year round, though, but at Christmas I want peppermint in anything desserty. I should probably look it up. There’s probably a health benefit to peppermint and why it is my body craves it, especially in the winter.

The only problem with commercial food is they use too much sugar. I am not really a big fan of sugary things so I like it when I can make my own stuff and downplay the sugar and really bring out the mint. That’s why I usually won’t eat candy canes unless they taste more like mint and less like sugar. I ate a candy cane stick yesterday and I was like “where’s the mint?!” Blech!

Both of my kids like minty things this time of year, as well. When they were little, candy canes would slowly disappear from the tree. Nowadays they like Andes mints and peppermint bark. Whoever thought of mint and chocolate together needs to be canonized a saint.

I am glad that with only 3 days to Christmas, today’s prompt is “candy cane.”

Enjoy!

Christmas Art Countdown – Day 20

I had all sorts of ideas that I wanted to do for the word “cabin.”

Backtracking a bit, it is very important for artists to have sketchbooks or paintings with lots of subject matter. (And to catalog said sketchbooks, of which I have not done yet, so you know where to find stuff…) I have over 100 sketchbooks, and when I did manage to count, I had over 600 paintings (no, they aren’t all masterpieces nor are they framed.)

The importance of all of these works and sketches is to have material to draw from to create all new work.

Coming back to the prompt of “cabin.” I had a painting of a cabin I did many years ago and I did a sketch earlier this year (before the pandemic) of a winter nocturnal. From those two I created the image below…And I had a lot of fun doing it.

Christmas Art Countdown – Day 18

This Angel is a new improved version of one I did back in 2018. I was going to start from scratch but I have sketchbooks full of stuff so I pulled this one out for an upgrade. The original version had glittery gold paint for the halo and a few other tricks that I can do with mixed media. It was a challenge to recreate that image using Procreate. I like both versions.

Having lost Cleo this year, this one has a bit of sentiment behind it.

Christmas Art Countdown – Day 17

I love poinsettias at this time of year. I started out with the red until I found other varieties like the splashed white, and the pale red ones. Several years ago I discovered the pink ones. There were so many different versions of the pink ones, too. The “hotter” the pink, the better.

Last year, we had just moved to Florida and I couldn’t find the pink ones anywhere. Everywhere I went, there were red poinsettias. No pink. I missed my pink poinsettias. It was tough to keep them healthy as indoor plants when we lived up North. They would get buggy eventually so all my pink ones from 2018 died and I wasn’t able to bring any with us. We have three red ones left over from last year and they are just getting ready to flip over from green to red. I think we got these at Lowe’s and they were considered “garden” poinsettias. It’s definitely different to experience Christmas in Florida!

2020, although a tough year, did have some bright spots. My husband found pink poinsettias at Home Depot, of all places! And they are PINK! He brought home a couple as a surprise. I was so excited, we ran to get a few more. I gave one to the elderly lady down the street who was diagnosed with cancer this year. Because of the pandemic, we couldn’t do the things we would have normally done like baked something or paid her a few visits, the most we are able to do is say “hi” from the bottom of her driveway. I have been wanting to get her a bouquet or something and the pink poinsettia seemed to be just what was needed. She loves it.

Home Depot had quite a few stunners and we have them around the lanai, pool and two in the entry way. This one is on the table near the pool. I could have picked many different ways to interpret the prompt “poinsettia” but this gave me the excuse I needed to immortalize one of them and do it the old fashioned way, with a sketch.

Enjoy!