Category Archives: Holiday

Backyard Birds Holiday Greetings, Set

I truly love winter paintings because the light is wonderful without the shadows from trees, the reflections from the snow illuminating shadowed areas with soft purples and blues, and the patterns made by bare branches are mesmerizing. This set of four paintings of birds are ones I’d done “from life”, actually standing at a window […]

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Stars of Wonder, Serious and Silly

We don’t really celebrate any one tradition for the winter holidays, but we enjoy sharing traditions of all our friends. I had created the six-pointed star as part of an invitation I designed for a non-denominational holiday musical celebration a few years ago. It could have been that, while I worked on that design on […]

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Happy Thanksgiving!

This photo of the frosted pumpkin was one of the runners-up for this month’s desktop calendar. I am thankful for all the beauty in the world, so much that I can take the time to find it, record it, and share it, and that I have a multitude of choices for something as simple as […]

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“Peace on Earth”, Take a Closer Look

Look a little closer at those markings…what do you see? For my holiday card in 1997, I was puzzling out yet another way to say “Peace on Earth”. I saw an illustration that had each hemisphere of a globe on either side of a Christmas tree ornament, and thought the idea of using the globe […]

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Colorful Little Crabapples on a November Day, “Unexpected Berries” Holiday Cards

Walking in the quiet of a winter day I see some of the most beautiful scenes, from my own back yard, to my neighborhood, town, trails and woods. I found these colorful little crabapples growing along the railroad tracks through the middle of town. My joy is to bring not just the scene but the […]

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Thoreau-inspired Winter Walks Holiday Cards

“Take long walks in stormy weather or through deep snows in the fields and woods, if you would keep your spirits up.” I realize that walking in cold temperatures and snow and ice are not what many people find a comforting thing to do, but I have always found the winter silence of the woods […]

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Stock Up on Gift Bags for the Holidays

Holiday gift giving is beginning and a gift bag with art the recipient will appreciate makes the gift even that much more special. I have dozens of designs that feature cats, dogs, flowers, butterflies and birds, and nature, and a quantity discount for purchasing three or six bags. From the first time I received a […]

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It’s Time for Meow-lo-ween!

Mimi is very proud of how her children have found a career as artist models. This sketch, “Spooked on Halloween”, from Halloween night in 2012 as I handed out my candy and all the knocking got to be a bit much for these four was destined to be a Halloween design. I designed the card […]

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Hand-printed Valentine Cards Inspired by Valentine Candy Hearts

I usually print these little linocuts in earth tones or “tabby colors”, but I’ve been itching to use brights and pastels and all sorts of combinations with them. I decided they made cute valentines and that’s a great reason to create hand-printed cards in magenta on pink, violet, magenta and red card stock, embellished with […]

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Cookie’s Holiday Cheer, and the Photo Shoot That She Directed

You know that Cookie is usually the sweetest tortoiseshell kitty you’d ever want to meet, but she’s less than thrilled about modeling. Especially when she’s been…”decorated”. I’m here to tell you, though, that this whole thing was her idea! And I have the video to prove it. Cookie’s expression may have you thinking otherwise, but […]

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