A Christmas Tradition
As with many others, selecting and sending Christmas cards is a favorite tradition in my family. When we were kids, the task of writing them up was usually assigned to me and my sister. It could take all afternoon, as we would carefully write out "Merry Christmas" in large calligraphic letters, and add glitter with Elmer's glue (a messy business). All with Christmas music playing in the background, and cookies to hand when needed.
One year we just couldn't seem to find the right card. So I suggested that perhaps I could draw one instead.
We had only a simple little printer with black ink (we'd run out of color) so I did a little pen drawing of a one horse sleigh on one half of a regular sheet of paper (so it could be folded). We printed it onto 8 1/2 x 11 sheets of paper, and sent them out. As everyone liked them, I did another one the next year, and then another, and finally I
compiled all these drawings together for my first card collection.
My first ever Christmas card design
And that's how it all started...
Christmas remains one of my favorite subjects, and I try to make a new card design each year ( or as often as possible).
A Cup of Cheer. 2020
Christmas in Cecil Court.
Acrylic. Commission for
Bryars and Byars Bookstore, London
Skaters at Christmastime. Acrylic.
(From the Archives, an old painting done when I was around 15.)
Caroling Through the Town. 2021
The Little Drummer Boy of Ronnie Scott's. Watercolor. Private Commission.
Christmas Refreshments. Watercolor.
Commission for Daniel Bexfield Antiques, London