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Old 12-25-2019, 06:12 PM
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Merry Christmas everyone!

I can finally share this, which has been waiting for a few weeks to be revealed since it's my drawing for our Christmas card.

I've had in mind to draw something kind of Victorian for awhile for Christmas, but nothing ever seemed right. However, this year I unearthed an old, public domain painting of a gorgeous country church with people gathering around. I tweaked some things to make it my own, including making the church look more like our family's church. I rarely draw buildings. In fact, almost never. I'd learned the ground rules for perspective about 10 or so years ago, but had definitely gotten rusty. I had to relearn this for the drawing, and after a lot of study, felt it paid off. It was actually a lot of fun! Maybe I'll draw buildings a little more often.

Since this is sort of old Americana, I hope you all don't mind that I post it here in SW/W Art. This scene could be from anywhere, right?

This is 10x10 inches, drawn with Sakura Micron pens on Strathmore 500 series bristol plate paper.

C&C welcome. Thanks for looking!



Here's the card, which we did in both green and in red. My mom and I have been doing this for years, but this one seemed to come together the most quickly yet, which was nice.



The inside message was, as always, a challenge, but this all felt right for this card.



Finally, here are a few close-ups of the original drawing. The people were tricky...even at 10x10 inches, their little heads and faces were about half the size of a pea.







Have a Merry Christmas, my friends!
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This is AMAZINGLY DONE IN A PROFESSIONAL MANNER. Stunningly beautiful Jenna.
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Wow, what an awesome card you've created, Jenna. It will be hard to top this for next year. Do more buildings as you're a natural.
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Richard, your comment is just so uplifting. Thank you so very much!

Kay, thank you so much! I really appreciate your comments - especially what you said about buildings. Thanks again!
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Your card is so gorgeous. You are talented and loving. Thank you for sharing with us....
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Thank you so much, Jo! You are exceedingly kind. Much appreciated!
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You amazed me with this, Jenna! Those tiny faces...and you still made the kids look like kids. Perspective on building is spot on. Most important...the message inside.....hits home even more this year to me after my health scare So glad you shared it with us!
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Ron, your wonderful comments have brought me so much joy. I am so glad you like the card, the drawing, and especially the message. We always work hard to find the right spiritual message to go with the cards, so it's great that you find it inspiring. I'm sure glad you're recovering from your health scare. The SW/W forum would not be the same without you. Thank you very much for leaving such an uplifting comment!
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Very nice drawing!
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Thank you very much, Donald!
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