Wednesday, December 9, 2009

snow day

Hello winter! I love being snug as a bug in my creaky house (with 6 fireplaces) watching a storm blow sideways outside. Today a snow day was called for Portland schools before a single flake had fallen at 5 AM. Now, though, the world is white and there is nowhere to go. Ahhhhh.

I grew up in the White Mountains, so school cancellations are an oddity. In NH, snow means business: ski industry. I pretty much don't remember snow days. But now they are quite the gift; to hibernate a bit. Gives me time to think about all the snowflakes I've sprinkled over illustrations, such as the one above.

I did this illustration awhile back for the Baltimore Sun, and it still gives me a good feeling. It accompanied a poem by Dylan Thomas, "A Child's Christmas in Wales."

After moving to Peaks Island, I did this for the annual holiday card, referencing all the magic of white reindeer and radiant light.

This is this year's card, a nod to nature's influence on our holidays.

Makes me want to make some hot chocolate and check my list for Santa.

Speaking of that, a big shout out to my illustration class of merry elves!!!
They managed to pull together their wares, business cards, and portfolios in the nick of time for MECA's recent Holiday Sale.

Here Alysa, Joe, and Seumas man the table.

I got compliments from MECA organizers on the professionalism and courtesy of these illo elves. Here is Elise, showing a smile is all you need.

The students made illustrated letters to hang over the display of t-shirts, aprons, zines, cards, buttons, bags, pillows, bookmarks, jewelry, card games, and calendars. A great variety of handmade products!

From sweet stuff like this by Alysa:

to clever buttons like this by Seumas:

to snowball prints and ornaments by Joe:

I love this shot by MECA staffer, Annie Wadleigh, in which the colorful spirit of MECA

The illustration majors proved they can hustle. Kudos for everyone!

Now it's time to make a snowfort, or at least that hot chocolate.

Stay warm!


amie. said...

the sale looks like it was a hit! it's very cool that the sale got incorporated into the illustration classes. sounds like good things are going on at MECA!

aavery said...

I had so much fun at the holiday sale! I plan to do it again next year and this time I will be SUPER ready for it! Lori and I might get our own table :D

jamie peeps said...

Yes, good things are going on at MECA.
Alysa and Lori, GO for it! I'm so glad you had fun. It was lovely to meet your high school art teacher, too.

kt_kthx said...

I also had a lot of fun, and plan on doing my own table next year. I'll definitely have time to plan for next year! It was also a good idea for everyone to make business cards, they were a hot item!

Patricia Erikson said...

Your illustrations capture the winter spirit in a way that few things can. I love them!