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Happy Holidays, I’ve gotten sidetracked….

Or Merry Christmas if that suits you better

Or Happy Hannakuh

Or Happy Yule…

If I’m leaving anyone out please forgive me.  I’ve read that just about all religions have a celebration around now, and I’m not aware of all of them.

But speaking of the holidays, and why I’ve gotten sidetracked:

Last year, at Pony Rides for a Purpose, I donated a gift certificate for a pet portrait.  I had just about forgotten about it, since it was over a year ago.  However, in my inbox a message shows up….is it too late to do a dog portrait? In time for Christmas?

So, I’ve put the rainbow drawing aside while I work feverishly at the dog portrait, actually two dogs.  Literally feverishly, I’ve been fighting the flu.  I’ve started a new day job,  and have other things in my personal life that are calling my attention.  Somehow, I will get this portrait finished in time for Christmas…and my reward?  I’ll be able to go back to the rainbow drawing, which I’ve gotten really enthusiastic about.

Here’s a holiday drawing from seasons past:

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Remembering New York City at Christmas

I’ve been dreaming about New York City recently…yes, I do miss, and I don’t. I think of the times when it has been idyllic, the glorious views, the excitement, but then…I gotta remind myself of why I left.

Anyway, in the spirit of remembering what’s good about New York, if you can ignore the stampedes of harried Christmas shoppers, the crowded, cold, drafty subways, the dirty slush….enough already!  It was beautiful in many ways.  The trees, the holiday store windows, the lights and all, and one of my favorite memories, was the Angel Tree at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Despite customers who demanded customer service that was beyond human capabilities, I did get some perks.  At Christmas time, in the medieval section they put up the tree decorated with angels. Looking at it, I got the old feeling that I hadn’t experienced since I was about 9 years old…that of the magic of a Christmas tree.

So, my impression, on my latest card…done from memory, not true to life.  If I had taken a reference photo and drawn it, well, that would be art based on other art, based on other art.  I felt funny about that.

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As for Christmas in NYC, I have some haunting memories.  I will leave you with this:

 

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$$$$$ Changes Everything $$$$$$

While I was unwinding from my day job, I called a good friend  In the course of conversation, she asked if I had any Christmas cards for sale.  Then it dawned on me, if I play my cards right, I could be making $$$$ with my artwork for Christmas, instead of slaving in a store among desperate shoppers….

I had a plan.  Instead of doing my one, little puny,  handmade card a day, I would take a holiday motif, make a full-sized picture and create Christmas cards with it for next year.  I was enthusiastic, and all set to go.

It then dawned on me, how long it takes for me to do a finished, full size work.  I have a backlog of ideas to do, and not enough time.  I may do the holiday card next year, but using one of my already finished winter themed works.  So, you see, sometimes money doesn’t change everything.

Here are some examples of previous winter works:

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For example.  Otherwise, I am putting it out to God, The Goddess, The Universe or Whatever It Is Out There, that I make enough money next year that I don’t have to do the Christmas rush in a retail store.

Oh, yes, and the Yuletide card of the day:

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Time Flies When You’re Working Retail…..

Or, oh dear..it’s that time of year.

It’s the Christmas Rush…or if you’re more politically correct, the Holiday Rush.  As for me, I go with the Yuletide Rush, since it encompasses the Christmas Holiday with the Winter Solstice.  So, the light returning to the Earth in the darkest time of year?  How can you argue with that for politically correct?

Anyway, I have developed the tradition for myself of doing little Yuletide cards to keep my hand in my drawing (and keep my sanity) during the retail’s busiest season.  Since I am on my feet waiting on customers, when I come home, my energy and concentration has gone the way of new moon light.

Just to let you know, I am not going to name the place I am working this year, although it’s a name you would know.  I’ve been known to put my foot in it on social media, when it comes to work, so I’m for good/bad/neutral, I think it’s best to keep my big mouth shut.

Here’s the first of m Yuletide cards:

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It was a dark and stormy day…

Typical November day here…gray, rainy, brown leaves….a totally depressing mess.  Around the corner lurks the (gasp) winter holidays…which some love, some hate,  depending on your life and/or disposition.  Or your job….hello to my fellow retail workers!

So, no wonder I had to make peace with November.

Having left my day job in an ambulance, no less (I really like to go in style), I have lessened my schedule.  Listen, I love doing my artwork, but I need something to break it up…and hopefully find inspiration for the next drawing.

So, here is: Making Peace with November:

novemberSo, see you during the Christmas rush!  I’ll be the one wearing a rhinestone wreath and hawking olive oil….once again.

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year….

Unless you work in retail.  So, to all my retail working brothers and sisters in spirit, keep your chin up!  It’ll be over sooner than you know it.

So, as promised, it’s after Thanksgiving, and I’ll rolling out the little Christmas cards I have done.  I’ve got to be careful here, I don’t want anyone to see their card on the blog before they get it in real life.  So, I start with this one, for my brother and his wife who have limited internet access:

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So, I’ve had a few distractions at work…..gotta get back to doing these.