My woodland animals are printed from my pastel drawings. They are cut out and mounted on wooden dowels. Sometimes I will get emails through Etsy asking if they can have a "blonde" wolf or a female deer. I'm assuming that people think that what they are asking would be a simple switch. Maybe that is true, if the work is created on the computer, but for me it would involve starting from scratch.
I got this display ready for a new store that opened recently. They have my Christmas cards, masks and paper wallets. The paper wallets are handprinted and lined with aluminum to protect your credit card information. They're also available here.
Last weekend I showed my work at a holiday bazaar in Brookside, NJ. The night before I started roaming around the house to find an interesting way to showcase my Christmas cards. I came up with the silverware drawer that is underneath my 1930s kitchen table. This turned out to be the perfect solution. I didn't need to construct anything at the last minute and it gave the display a more cozy look. Plus, it was a far better way to show the cards than having them lie flat on the table.
All of these cards evoke special holiday memories for me. The original art is done with pastel chalks. Ice skating is one of my favorite winter outdoor activities. When I was little they flooded the tennis courts at a country club that was not far from our house and I can remember going with my friend Jan. Much later, when we were both living in NYC, we would meet in the evenings at the rink in Central Park to skate. Now that I'm back in a more rural setting we do have a couple outdoor ponds nearby, but it's difficult to get the right combination of cold and no snow. When our son was in first and second grade we had a couple good skating seasons so that he could fool around with a hockey stick and puck on the pond at our neighbor's dairy farm. Skating outdoors is so much more pleasurable than being in a rink.
I feel a bit guilty rolling out the Christmas cards so early, but I illustrated some of these back in July when the idea of sweaters and snow seemed positively absurd. Since I've been seeing Christmas displays in the stores since before Halloween and the ads are beginning to creep in on the TV, I decided that I would not wait any longer. I tried to create imagery that felt like winter, but did not scream out "HOLIDAY SEASON". At this time of year I tend to like things that are cozy, but not too cliched.