We moved to New York in 2005 and these cards are all from the intervening years. Collage, linocut, direct painting, watercolor, gouache, acrylic, oil, and wax crayon all feature. Yes, we are talking everything but the proverbial kitchen sink here!
Apart from 2005, all the designs are pulled from my plein air paintings and sketches. There are urban celebrations, pretend winter scenes – it wasn’t snowing in Corsica, and the embracing of the landscape that our move to Clinton Corners initiated.
Although I usually try to find a way to make the process simple and repetitive, I easily become bored so tend to complicate things to keep it interesting. The final images vary a good deal. These cards from 2007, which are based on a drawing I did in New Mexico, illustrate the variety.
And here is the source drawing:
The result of changing technique and color is frequently a very “mixed bag”, which makes for a slightly tedious selection process when matching card to recipient!
Here is the process for 2017, from first sketches to the final cards:
– the cards for 2018
– and yes 2019
And if you have made it this far (!), thank you, and I wish you all the very best for the holiday season. X