Friday, December 25, 2009

Xmas Pioneer and Lone Survivor



Pioneer is the theme over at Illustration Friday this week. Here is a holiday blast from the past: I made this two-color woodcut for Christmas 1991, the year I graduated from art school and got married. I cut the panels, then Paul and I set up a little production line in the livingroom of our tiny apartment(and because we used oil-based ink, the place stunk for several days!) Inspired by the yearly holiday prints of one of my teachers, Homer Johnson, I think we intended to pioneer our own tradition of hand-made prints every year for Christmas...just shows the kind of spare time young people without kids, a house or a full-time job have! However, the next year we bought our first house, and then the Christmas after that I was on bedrest pregnant with twins...and this turns out to have been a one-time only "tradition". Fun though! :->

~All the blessings of the season to you and yours~

26 comments:

Simonette said...

Awww...what a great story. It's funny how priorities change. It's great you saved the print, though!

Debra Kay said...

I love the print and I really enjoyed the story behind it.

ziemba said...

thank you for posting on my "undone" last week. it was great to hear from any live human without my last name.
i say its never to late to save a tradition. use your print every year from now on.
... i made a cool litho of me and mine before the ring and our three babes it hangs in our hall.

ValGalArt said...

how cool! i really love it and the memories of it :)

Ginger*:) said...

This is just lovely and the teamwork that went into it is such a lovely and loving story. The print is wonderful and the painting below is yummmmmmy!
Happy New Year to you!

Krista said...

Great print and story! Thanks for stopping by and introducing me to your work. Your paintings are stunning!

Nancy Bea Miller said...

Thanks everybody! BTW, I posted this old woodcut on my everyday blog too, and I have been touched and amazed at how many family and friends are contacting me telling me they still have this print...!
Guess I should really do it again. Maybe if I start now I will have one ready to go by Christmas 2010! ;-)

Ellen Byrne said...

There's a direct honesty and sincerity in the print. I love it!

BlueJayEye said...

Thank you for finding my blog. I truly enjoyed viewing your artworks and will come back for more. I wish you and your family a happy 2010.

Coreopsis said...

It's an absolutely lovely tradition to have, and you may very well get back to it someday, when things are more settled. I have some ancient linoleum blocks I cut for Christmas cards when I was in high school, and a couple years ago, I printed some up again. This year I'm making cards from drawings.

This is very sweet!

nancy said...

Lovely print! And it's so nice to read a little story behind the work. :)

isay (Marissa) said...

nice idea and i love the print. wow.you have twins-that's truly a blessing and will bring more blessings.....:)

Bron Smith said...

I enjoyed reading the story behind your woodcut. I also enjoyed going through your portfolio and seeing your beautiful paintings. Your work is so realistic in nature, it's hard to believe that you're also a cartoonist.

joseph's art and stuff said...

great card, process, and story. think i'll make my own cards for upcoming holidays. just made one for my wife for her birthday and she loved it. it is true how much less spare time we have while we raise a family.

annpil said...

What a story I enjoyed reading it... The print is just great!

Evelyn Howard said...

Hi Nancy, Nice piece.
LOL, I've had quite a few one-time only tradition too :)... but all good fun!

Susan Beth Studio said...

Nancy, just found your blog - Amazing how things change! Great story and print, I also love the cake painting from last week, scrumptious!

Shirley said...

Beautifully done! Handmade art cards are so very special to give and receive. This one, I'm sure was received with great pleasure! Happy New Year to you.

Gavin Goo said...

This is great. And your blog is fantastic :) Happy Holidays!

Traci Bixby said...

Wow, you can see how special these were. Such great colors. So festive!

Michelle Lana said...

Very nice!

sonia a. mascaro said...

Happy New Year to you and yours, dear Nancy Bea!

Mumsy said...

This is beautiful! So work work went into it, and very creative!

Marvin said...

Join us, Ms. Miller, we could use the brains you wield and we are saving the future of literature...

Your EG Tour Guide said...

It's a nice memory even if it was a one-time endeavor!

Handmade cards are the best, though, so hopefully you'll gey back to it - maybe not woodcuts - another year.

elizabeth said...

oh, this is super cool! great print!