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T Christensen
09-04-2005, 01:35 PM
Thought I would do a "TreeCreature" as a wip so you can see the hidden images before I hide them :) . This one I did for xmas cards . There are 15 images ..bird creature..elf..seahorse..dragonfly..frog..doe..stocking..present..candycane..gingerbread man..goose..rose..peacock..holly..rufus ,of course . Santa is sleeping in the tree , not hidden .
Its an 8x10 ..a lot going on so I'm a bit worried if it will work on a 4x6 card . Does anyone know if I can do a larger card than 4x6 ?..........Thanks TerryC


09-04-2005, 10:09 PM
Here I am front and centre..:S

Have you had a look at the card stock available? I got some 8" x 10" blank cards with envelopes from somewhere, but don't remember where sorry. They printed up great for my Chrstmas cards. This was about 3 years ago..

09-04-2005, 10:31 PM
Ohhhh yahooooooooooo!! I can't wait to watch this unfold! WONDERFUL!! :clap:

09-05-2005, 04:32 AM
I made it in time!!! Terry, this is going to be great.
Your TreeCreature paintings are soooo magical and i get to watch you do one YIIIPPIIIEEE



09-05-2005, 08:09 AM
Hi Terry... I'm loving this already... I'll send you my address so you can add it to your Christmas list... :evil:

Did you finish Santa??? I missed him, somehow...

Staples sells 11 x 17 matte photo paper (their own brand) that is a nice weight and reasonably priced... You might consider trying that size for your cards... envelopes could be the challenge...

T Christensen
09-05-2005, 12:19 PM
Thanks JJ ..so glad you're here ....I guess I can do a google for card stock :)

Thanks so much Becky and Jutta ...and fun to do ..wc makes it even funner :D

Thanks Char ...Hey , I may just do that , pm me .....easiest place to find Santa is in "Structured Critiques" here's the link ..santa (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=289479)
or the link in my signature ..I actually improved the red since these pics

Thanks for help on cards ...I'm actually thinking I want 5x7 size ..I also want some long lengths for the next one I have planned like 4x8

Char you just gave me an idea ..question for everybody ....would it be good promotion to have a "sign in address book" at this show I'm doing , for people to receive xmas cards from me ? Or , am I asking for trouble , expensive..

update........Love ya all.........TerryC


mr sandbanx
09-05-2005, 05:27 PM
This is awesome Terry...

very creative

Celeste McCall
09-05-2005, 08:42 PM
Yes it is wonderful and full of whimsical fun. I can't wait to see it finished! ;)

T Christensen
09-06-2005, 01:28 PM
Thanks Guys ..its nice to read your comments..

I'm doing this one a bit different by painting each image before the tree ..kind of curious if they will show up more when done ..hope so , as it will be shrunken for cards

Yesterday was bookkeeping day :mad: tax stuff , only got in a couple of hours to paint ..:cat:TerryC


09-06-2005, 02:30 PM
This is amazing! Terrific idea painted so sophisticatedly :clap: Puts me back in my childhood....looking in the "Highlights" magazines for the find the hidden picture puzzle :clap:


09-06-2005, 04:50 PM
this is such a treat to watch!!!

Lynn Quinn
09-06-2005, 06:36 PM
Cool! I'll be watching. Don't think I ever found everything in the Santa one.

09-07-2005, 09:27 AM
Thanks for the link on Santa, Terry... He finished magnificently... especially with those candy canes threaded throughout his beard!

I hope you have a chance to paint today... I'm really looking forward to more... more... more...

Oh... and the guestbook idea? Be prepared to send a LOT of cards... your work is so good that everyone will want one...

T Christensen
09-07-2005, 04:08 PM
Thanks Lauren ...wonder who the artist was for "Highlights" :)

Pampe....its the child in all of us , fun fun

Lynn ...answers to Santa are in my signature "here"

Char ...Thanks on Santa and I did paint today , going to paint all day need to finish before Saturday . I'm thinking, on the address book , maybe first 25 to sign get a card . Depends on how much the cards will cost .

I just got a call from the show people , they got me a prime location for my booth , excited .........I stopped to show you all the images before I start hiding them . ......TerryC


09-07-2005, 04:49 PM
:clap: Me Too Please! :clap:


09-07-2005, 08:33 PM
Wonderful idea :) Beautifully executed ,


T Christensen
09-08-2005, 08:19 PM
Thanks Judy..made me :)

Thanks rod ..glad you dropped by :) ...appreciate your comments

Busy day ... this is where I stopped late last night ....hope I get it done before Saturday...TerryC


09-08-2005, 08:51 PM
Looking fabulous. Hmmmmmmmmmm where is that address book..;)

T Christensen
09-10-2005, 11:47 PM
yehhhhhhhhhhhhhh..Our trip got delayed , so I finished in time .

This will be great for a card .. I'm happy with it ....complimenting myself :angel:...TerryC


09-11-2005, 12:03 AM
Woot so you should!!

This finished beautifully!!!

09-11-2005, 07:51 AM
Terry.... :clap:
This is absolutely charming! I think it will work on the smaller card...after all, on my screen it's small, and I can see all your images....or you could fold the card and have the image inside....and the outside cover like a package or something....open and ta daa! :D a special gift!..
If you get a chance...i would love to see some detail shots...the blending and painting look just super...and I have nose marks on my monitor from trying to get a closer view :D
Congratulations...and I don't know what list everyone is mentioning....but I'd love to be on it too...(unless it's for a smack in the head) :D


T Christensen
09-11-2005, 01:13 PM
Hey Lauren , what a great idea ...don't be surprised if I use that .

Because it was night , I scanned this instead of photographing and it is a bit granier than actual . Here are some close ups ..TC

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Sep-2005/64691-xmas_tree_crop-drgnflywc.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Sep-2005/64691-xmas_tree_crop-santawc.jpghttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Sep-2005/64691-xmas_treecrop-elf-wc.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Sep-2005/64691-xmas_treecroprosewc.jpg

T Christensen
09-11-2005, 01:36 PM
I did a photo shot ...this is more actual ...TC........almost forgot , the list is a xmas card list ...email me or pm me your address ..I've decided to do 5x7 giclee cards .

T Christensen
09-11-2005, 02:02 PM
This will be the back of the card ..any suggestions ? I wonder if I should add its a Giclee .


notice my logo ? Its my initials T C as a palette and brushes...I have this on my checks , business cards , etc

09-12-2005, 06:43 AM
Terrific finish Terry C! :clap:
Thanks for the detail shots!

As far as the back...I think I would make your logo a bit larger...(it's cool :D) and I would make the bottom four lines smaller and add the "this image is available as a giclee print" then your contact info. I maybe would put "from the tree creature series" at the bottom in the smaller font too.

Love the font style you've chosen....fits perfectly! I think I maybe would take out the word "creature" I think "large bird" might be descriptive enough....
* boing! just had another thought :p ....you can write..."solution can be found at my website"...he he he.....bet you'll get some traffic from that! people will want to make sure they are right! :D



09-16-2005, 10:53 AM
Holy you-know-what!!! The colors - those teals - the shapes...the imagination...you're incredible Terry. Wish you'd post this in the gallery, where everyone will see it...many don't make it over here (my first time)
WOW :clap: :clap: :clap:

T Christensen
09-16-2005, 12:53 PM
Just got back , been out of town , I took stuff to the printers .

Thanks Lauren ...Love WC , such Great help , I used your suggestions before I took them to the printers . ( I so love your fall trees ) .......TerryC

Nic ....What can I say , piece of cake :) , this stuff is easy . Everyone should test their imagination . I'm going to get back to reality for my next one just to see if I still can ............I did post it in the WC gallery ... but I prefer the crits so , you're right , I'll put it in the watercolor gallery . .........I'm ready for another Shanxi...TC

12-27-2005, 05:34 PM
Well!....How did I miss this....and me a tree creature fan too!
Any point in my asking to go on next years card list.....or mebbe a better late than never this year's list...:)
I am so thrilled with this one Terry....It's beautiful!

12-29-2005, 10:28 AM
Well!....How did I miss this....and me a tree creature fan too!
Any point in my asking to go on next years card list.....or mebbe a better late than never this year's list...:)
I am so thrilled with this one Terry....It's beautiful!

Me too - was following the Homework thread :rolleyes:

Fabulous painting Terry and excellent marketing.


01-02-2006, 06:25 PM
Love Santa - you could just cut him out on the tree for a Christmas Card...