Saturday, November 17, 2007

Black Christmas

Buying art is the same thing as falling in love. - Nohra Haime

I was given a great 2008 calendar from an art gallery that I visited in Saskatechewan. SPAGA produced a very popular 2007 calendar apparently, so they're doing it again. And its free from SPAGA member galleries! The prints in the calendar are large and well printed and this is one calendar that won't disappear into a drawer or worse.

The little glass snowman is one of my favourite Christmas ornaments. I had produced a pen and ink drawing of him a year or two ago and thought I'd try my hand at him again for a class on hand drawn Christmas cards that I'm giving. The drawing is done in coloured pencil but not completely finished, just the scarf and some smoothing out left to do. Its drawn on black card stock, that comes with matching envelopes. Black Christmas?? Just another unique twist on a bizarre season already.

Using black paper has its drawbacks and the colours change and seem to sink into the paper. Its a challenge working on it, but rewarding when it does come together.


Katherine said...

One day I'm going to do a post about black paper and which ones gobble up CP and which ones seem to be able to leave it on the surface.

I really love your drawing - he looks as if he's straight out of a film like the Wizard of Oz or somesuch. What a fun Christmas ornament to have!

Jeanette said...

Great idea Katherine. And this cardstock does gobble it up. But I rather like the effect that it has of the black through the colour.

Isn't he a sweet thing? I love glass snowmen. Its a miracle it hasn't be broken as its so fragile.