I’ve started to manufacture Christmas cards. This one is for Nicole (hello, Nicky!), and it’s painted with watercolors and tea. A bag taken out of tea is fantastic tool to color background quickly and evenly. You can have your background in any color, as long as it’s yellow. (Is that how Ford automobiles were sold? Except that they weren’t yellow, I guess.) I know someone painting with coffee, t00. I haven’t tried coffee yet, I drink much more tea. And did someone ever try Cola? Or these multicolored lemonades?
Third part of my orange paper. Hello, Wonderland! Another pair of strange animals. They were talking about underwater school, as far as I remember. And they both considered Alice to be dumb. Poor girl, she just
tried to make sense of the school program.
Second piece of the orange paper. Pastel pencils again, but this time it’s “Comet in Moominland”. A very good orange-paper story, because the whole journey takes place in red light of a comet coming near. Mommintroll goes to observatory to ask the Professors, when the comet will hit. And they will probably say ‘In 2012, according to Mayan Calendar’ . Who needs some old observatory, when everything is explained in internet? But Moomintrolls had no computers, just radio.
My last years’ New Year’s Resolution was this: at least once a month time I will draw something real. To get better, you know. I’m ashamed to admit that I have drawn exactly 3 serious pictures from last January. The rest of this stuff were elves, pixies and fairytale scenes. One I’ve finished today. This is real house, standing at the real street in real little town 3 kilometers from here. Like other old wooden houses around, it’s painted yellow (why? was yellow paint the cheapest one?) I’m not quite pleased with the result, but.. well, not every watercolor picture turns out to be a full success.
I fully agree that starting all this Christmas/Santa Claus business a month too early is stupid! Still for some reason I always start to draw Christmas pictures in November. I know I lack logic. So… who is it? One of the little fairies, who used to light candles on the tree. Now they probably fly around and fix light bulbs. Still, when a fairy of this kind meets a candle, she can’t help but light it at once. Old habit.