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Today I finally finished the drawing for a Christmas card design I  started on 3 Christmases ago.  Originally I was going to do what most greeting card companies suggest and cut paper and use that technique to keep the design simple. I even had some brown paper that was just the right color for the camels that I wanted on my card.  So after going to Wetcanvas.com and checked their free reference photo library to refresh my mind on what a camel REALLY looks like, I turned the computer off and got to work drawing some camels on my brown paper and cutting them out with an Exacto knife. The camels turned out really well and there was even one who looked particularly spunky and happy to be traveling to Bethlehem. doing the paper cut outs did help with the composition, because it was then just an easy matter of placing one overlapping the other instead of trying to figure out where one would end and the other begin while I was drawing them. By the time I had gotten the Christmas star as well as some other stars cut out, in addition to my camels, some wise men, the manger, and a concept sketch for Mary and Joseph cut out I decided what I really wanted to do was to PAINT the card rather than work with paper cut outs.  In retrospect I wish I had stayed with the original concept instead of changing in mid stream, because I would have been done a long time ago. It created a lot of extra work to have to trace the things I had already cut out onto another piece of paper.  Then I started a long and tedious process of  drawing on tracing paper  and then tracing what I had drawn onto some heavy duty art paper after having cut it and arranged it in the composition I wanted.  Another thing I wish I had done a little differently would be to make the original drawing larger than the card and then just use the computer to shrink it down. Of course that might just encourage me to add even more detail and make things even more complicated ;/

I love the composition in this card. What I was really going for was the “perfect” Christmas card–something that perfectly expressed my feelings and sentiments about the meaning of Christmas, rather than some of the shallower, albeit fun Christmas messages out there. So in the center of this design is a heart with the Christmas star centered above it and piercing downward into it. Then moving around clockwise like a Mandela three little stars seem to dance in with joy in the night sky with the desire to follow the three wise men to Bethlehem. The three wisemen and their camels curve around the heart , hugging it closely on their journey to see the newborn king. Even one of the camels cannot contain his joy has as with a merry face he saunters jauntily along. Beyond the caravan a shepherd kneels with his sheep in adoration of the Christ Child. The infant Jesus smiles in his sleep in the manger as Joseph lovingly supports a weary, but joyful, Mary on his shoulder.  Moving upward around the second half of the heart, the composition then moves through some of the important events of Christ’s life.  We see the sea of Galilee where the apostles on their ship watch in awe as Christ walks toward them on the water. Next we follow a path past the house where the bedridden man is let down through the roof so that Jesus can heal him. The road continues on towards the mount where the multitude listens to Him teaching the Beatitudes. Next is a portrayal Him pleading with his Father in the Garden of Gethsemane. Beyond the Cross the Resurrected Lord is met by Mary at the tomb.

Right now this is simply a line drawing, but by this time next year I plan on having a full color version available for sale. For now, this design is also available on a variety of other zazzle products. Within the next couple days it will also be available as a print and greeting card on both Imagekind and RedBubble. (*UPDATE* now on fineartamerica too)

Wrapped in the arms of His Love tie

 

The background color on this tie can be customized also.

Wrapped in the arms of His Love shirt

 

This is only one of a multitude of shirt styles, colors, and sizes available.

Wrapped in the arms of His Love bag

 

This would make a classy reusable Christmas Gift bag, or just use it as a festive tote.
Wrapped in the arms of His Love print
Wrapped in the arms of His Love by dlmtleArt
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Wrapped in the arms of His Love stamp
Wrapped in the arms of His Love by dlmtleArt
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*NEW* BABY’S FIRST CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT:

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This week I created a series of products on zazzle Using my painting, Oakridge Reservoir #3

Watercolor painting on Fabriano Uno 300 lb Soft Press 100% cotton paper, 7 1/2″x 11″, 2001. Sunrise over Oakridge Reservoir, on a tranquil Oregon morning. Smooth as glass, the water mirrors calm reflections of driftwood and a fishing boat. Peace and solitude as the day breaks over the cool blue mountains. This is one of a series of 4 watercolor paintings I did of Oakridge Reservoir quite a number of years ago. We went camping in Oakridge during august one year for vacation, and while we were there I took some lovely reference photos of the reservoir early in the morning. It’s a really lovely place, not far from Springfield and Eugene, Oregon–it’s very family friendly with lots of outdoor recreational activities. Painted on a very smooth sample of Fabriano Uno 300 lb Soft Press 100% cotton paper, this early morning scene inspires reflection and peacefulness as well as a sense of the majesty and grandeur of nature and God’s creations. The waters of the reservoir are smooth as glass as they reflect the logs and driftwood within the reflections of the shadowy mountains. An evergreen branch seems to point past the small fishing boat moored alone at the dock towards the pale yellow dawn light filling the sky and creeping across the mountains while three pale gray clouds hover in the distance.

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This week I used my painting Oakridge Reservoir #4 to create some items on zazzle. The original is watercolor on Fabriano Uno 300 lb Rough 100% cotton paper, 7 1/2″ x 11″, 2001.  A gnarly tree stump surrounded by weathered gray branches juxtaposed against a view of algae and rocks under the vibrant blue water of Oakridge Reservoir. Forested green Oregon mountains frame the hazy blue mountain ranges in the distance. These would be a great inexpensive way to get a souvenir of a great vacation or just enjoy some fine art.

Oakridge Reservoir #4 bag
Oakridge Reservoir #4 by dlmtleArt
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Recently I added a series of products to my zazzle store featuring my watercolor painting Oakridge Reservoir #2. The original is on Fabriano Uno 140lb hot press 100% cotton paper, 7 1/2″ x 11″, 2001. This is one in a series of four paintings based on some photos I took early in the morning while camping with my family in Oakridge, Oregon.  Done in an almost photo-realistic style, this painting draws the eye beyond the upended tree roots protruding from the shore of Oakridge Reservoir toward the mountain ranges and pale blue morning sky in the distance. A lone twig sticks up from the water, while algae and tree stumps seem to float  tranquilly and as the water deepens. Green and gold, the colors of the forest shimmer in the water as the cool blue Oregon mountains beckon as they glistening white shore in the distance. Many guests visiting my home have stared in amazement and asked, “is that a photograph?” because of how realistic it is.They are even more astounded when I tell them it’s a painting.

Although I painted this series  specifically with the intention to sell the original paintings, my family loves them so much I have been forbidden to ever sell the originals 🙂 For those who are interested in owning a copy I have archival quality  fine art prints available  for purchase at Imagekind.com, posters at Zazzle.com and matted prints at Redbubble.com..and now these new items on zazzle…

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One of the things I have been working on this week is a series of product featuring my photo, Forest Sun Rays in the Snow #24, that I took while on a hike in the woods near my home last winter. A ray of sunlight shines down through the snow-covered forest, creating a bright icy lacework of tree branches. Four trees surround a small clearing in the woods like a bier, as logs blanketed in snow on the sloping forest floor resemble a skeleton, below icy tree limbs forming a ghostly apparition of a horses face like a trusty steed standing guard.

Forest Sun Rays in the Snow #24 stamp
Forest Sun Rays in the Snow #24 by dlmtleArt
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Forest Sun Rays in the Snow #24 photocard
Have a photo of yourself or your family in western gear? This photo card is great for showing off your photos with old west style–just insert you photo and change the text with your own personal custom greeting.
Forest Sun Rays in the Snow #24 stationery
Here are two out of a multitude of shirt styles and colors available for this photo…
Forest Sun Rays in the Snow #24 card
This can either be purchased as a blank card or add your own custom greeting.
Forest Sun Rays in the Snow #24 by dlmtleArt
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Forest Sun Rays in the Snow #24 hat
Forest Sun Rays in the Snow #24 by dlmtleArt
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Today I designed a group of items using a photo I took during Christmas break last year. In “Snowman Pizzazz” a little snowman stakes a stance on a snow-covered lawn with his arms thrown wide in a Broadway like pose. His large carrot nose is dusted with snow and one eye appears to wink.

snowman pizazz! photocard
This makes a great Christmas photo greeting card with a red frame around your family’s photo and a customizable holiday greeting.
snowman pizazz! invitation
Add some flair to your holiday party invitations with this spunky little snowman on a green background with red text–or customize it with colors of your choosing…
snowman pizazz! stationery
This is  fun stationery for those holiday letters, or for anytime the weather is cold and nippy outside. Printed with a green background by default, it can be printed in a variety of colors of your choosing…
snowman pizazz! letterhead
This is a great option for those Christmas letters to send out to your family and friends. Very festive on a red background, or choose a different color.
snowman pizzazz! by dlmtleArt
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snowman pizazz! petshirt
Cute sweater for your dog when it is cold and snowy out… available in pink or blue.
snowman pizazz! tie
Add some pizzazz to your wardrobe with this fun snowman tie.
snowman pizzazz! by dlmtleArt
Design a necktie with Zazzle
snowman pizazz! bumpersticker
snowman pizzazz! by dlmtleArt
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Below are several of many shirst available in a myriad of sizes, colors, and styles. I particularly like them in green, red or white.
snowman pizazz! shirt
snowman pizzazz! by dlmtleArt
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snowman pizazz! postcard
Choose your own holiday greeting for this fun post card.
snowman pizazz! mousepad
snowman pizzazz! by dlmtleArt
Design a customized mousepad online with zazzle.com
snowman pizazz! apron
Feel extra festive while doing your holiday baking with this snowman apron.
snowman pizazz! hat
Red and white hat for Christmas. available in several other colors.
snowman pizzazz! by dlmtleArt
Browse all other custom caps on zazzle.com
snowman pizazz! bag
Fun canvas bag for gift giving or just to tote your own stuff.
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Last week I used my photo, Maternal Sunflower, to design more products for sale on zazzle.com

maternal sunflower invitation
This announcement or invitation could be used for a baby shower, to announce you are expecting a new baby,  as a birth announcement, or more… just add your own text and photos to the back side.
maternal sunflower photocard
This photo card is great for showing off pictures of your kids, family photos, or the new baby in your family.
just insert your own photo and customize the text.
maternal sunflower stationery
This stationery is lovely, with the maternal sunflower showing through the transparent writing area. Great for notes to your kids or grandchildren.
maternal sunflower magnet
Also completely customizable,  this magnet would be nice for an avid gardener.
maternal sunflower mug
I particularly like this frosty glass mug and how it lends an extra air of light and cheerfulness to my photo.
maternal sunflower tie
Nice  necktie for a gardening grandpa or dad…
maternal sunflower sticker
For that extra touch, use this sticker in combination with Maternal Sunflower stationery to seal the envelope…
maternal sunflower bumpersticker
This bumper sticker would be a cute and inexpensive way to advertise an in home daycare, or daycare center. Just add your own text.
maternal sunflower shirt
This cute tee-shirt is just one of many styles, sizes and colors available.
maternal sunflower card
Blank card for that cheerful note to let someone know they are a great mom…
maternal sunflower apron
Pretty apron for mom or grandma…
maternal sunflower hat
Fun and stylish hat for out in the garden or anywhere 😉
maternal sunflower bag
Stylish, durable and reusable canvas bag for your groceries, or just to tote stuff for you or the kids. Great way to take along quiet activities for those times when you need them too sit still and be quiet for a while…
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