Christmas Greetings

Today Jackie has been mostly wrapping presents, and I have been mostly writing Christmas cards,

This is a scan of the original drawing for my card for 1976, which first featured in my post of 2nd May 2015

I hope all my blogging friends will accept this as my Christmas Greetings to you all.


In order to acknowledge the inspiration for this card, I returned to Photography Year Book 1971 and was pleasantly surprised that I had somewhat adapted photographer Baron Arnaud de Rosnay’s portrait of model Naomi Sims. I recollected that I had used the image, but neither that it had been a jacket illustration, nor that there had been no infant. Here are the front and rear images. I removed the jewellery and closed the young lady’s eye; substituting the baby for her shoulder. The child was clearly my own invention. In deciding to contrast one eye shut with the other focussing on the viewer, I must have wanted a calm sense of peace emanating from the mother and alert inquisitiveness from the child. The mother’s open hand cradles her son while his little closed fist rests on her shoulder.

This evening we dined on well cooked pork chops with mustard and almonds; creamy mashed potato and swede; crunchy carrots and Brussels sprouts. I finished the Malbec.


  1. From the original photograph, you had embarked on an altogether different journey, as you have described with eloquence yourself. The gift is accepted with gratitude.

  2. OH! I love your artwork, Derrick! Emotions are definitely evoked within me when I look at both of the drawings on your May 2015 post! But the one, here…of the mother and child is so beautiful…it has a peaceful vibe…you’ve captured the beautiful connection between the two. πŸ™‚
    Happy Christmas to you and Jackie and all of your family! Especially your Mum and Elizabeth! πŸ™‚
    HUGS!!! πŸ™‚

  3. Wonderful image, Derrick; beautiful. Sorry I haven’t been visiting much of late – but I wish you and Jackie (and the family) a wonderful Christmas and everything that’s good for 2019. Thank you for brightening the day and often making me smile with your lovely photos all year; though I can’t help wondering how much Malbec you’ve finished over the last 12 months… πŸ™‚

  4. It is interesting the little tricks our mind plays with our ‘reality’. I hope this Christmas is one of Peace and Joy, but above all, Love for you and your family. πŸ™‚

  5. Very nice, Derrick. Merry Christmas to you, Jackie and your family of friends. By the way, what is β€˜Swede’ that you enjoyed at dinner?

  6. Oh, so interesting to see how the creative process works! Beautiful job, Derrick. Wishing you and Jackie and your whole beautiful family the best of everything in 2019.

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