Today Jackie wrapped Christmas presents and posted the first batch of cards I had written out.
For all my readers here is the sole surviving printed one I made 64 years earlier;
and the original produced on white scraper board.
This evening Jackie dined on the last of the pasta arrabbiata with half a glass of Hoegaarden, and I finished the lamb jalfrezi and pilau rice accompanied by Chateau Montviel Pomerol 2016.
Well, well, even 64 years ago, you have a nice “coup de crayon”. How would one translate that? A nice pencil hand? Do you still sketch?
My compliments on still writing Xmas cards. I must confess we don’t “no more”.
Now, a little Pommerol? My, my? that’s a good one. How does it compare to a Lalande de Pommerol?
(If you’re drinking that now, can’t imagine what you’ll have for Christmas. ?)
Pencil stroke? In recent years only a little, because my hand is not so steady and I have had to adapt my style: https://derrickjknight.com/2021/04/10/the-wren/ The pomerol is the first I have tasted. It was a present last Christmas, so we thought I’d better drink it before this one. Thanks a lot, Brian
Went to your post. I like your adapted style.
Pommerol is a very nice wine. Quite expensive here, but once in a while… Enjoy the wine Derrick.
Thanks a lot, Brian
I just realized I’ve been hit by my double consonants syndrome. There is a small village called Pommeral somewhere in the Southeast. But you wrote Pomerol, and I was puzzled. Yiu were right. Cheers. ?
What a beautiful card, Derrick. We are very impressed with the quality of your art.
Thank you so much, Maj and Sher
What a beautiful card. It certainly shows your talent and your well wishes for your friends and family!
Thank you very much, GP
What a really lovely card – totally timeless.
I have never seen white scraper board. I do recall how difficult it was to use the black variety!
Good wishes returned to you both – and all!
Thanks very much, Emma. White was easier. As I recall you drew on it, then scraped away what you wanted,
Do you still *make* your Xmas cards?
Not for a few years, although I do have a few of the original drawings I could bring into play if I get my act together quick enough.
Your creation from 64 years ago is beautiful, Derrick. Dinner sounds so delicious too, ❤️??
Thank you so much, John
Beautiful, Derrick! What a lovely talent you have.
Thank you so much, Laurie
Thank you very much, Roland
I love the card, and that you still have one. What a portfolio you must have of drawings, books, photos, and more.
Quite a lot, Lisa. That is the only original card I have left, but I do have most of the drawings. Thank you very much
Beautiful card, Derrick. Thank you for sharing.
Much appreciated, Merril.
What a beautiful (now well-seasoned) (64 years, wowza!) card! A treasure to keep forever!
Your drawing is wonderful and captures THE reason for the season! 🙂
Thank you so much, Carolyn 🙂
I like the idea of loyal greetings, and I suppose they would be good for people to whom you have sent cards for many, many years.
Thank you very much, Tootlepedal
sounds so decadent Derrick sending you and your loved ones joy and peace for a happy holiday…and do you continue the tradition of card making…?☮️?hugs hedy
I haven’t made any for a few years now, hedy. Maybe I will dig a few of the older ones out. Thanks very much.
How beautiful is your card and such lovely handwriting too.
I am ashamed to say I haven’t written my cards yet. This year I am late and unorganised. Hopefully, card writing will be my tomorrow task, and Friday I will begin gift wrapping.
My two older girls used to help with gift wrapping but too many of their own now.
Flo always decorated our Christmas tree, but we are a bit far from Kentucky. Thanks very much, Sue
That’s a beautiful Christmas card. The recipients must have been thrilled with it.
My Mum sold enough of them to cover printing costs. Thanks very much, Liz
Even better! You’re welcome, Derrick.
The card has aged very well. Nice.
Thanks very much, Pat
Wow! That’s beautiful, Derrick. You put Hallmark to shame.
Thank you so much, Jill 🙂
Fabulous Derrick … such a talented youngster .. here’s my digital Christmas card I created this morning ..
Thanks very much, Ivor. You did a grand job with yours
Thank you Derrick
Simplicity always appeals, even in a Christmas card. Yours is perfect: the sort that would be displayed throughout the year, and not only at the holiday season.
Thank you so much, Linda
You’re so very talented, Derrick. I’m glad you saved this to share with us 🙂
Thanks very much, Barbara. One of my finds when clearing out the cupboards
Beautiful card, Derrick. Loyal greetings to you, too, and to Jackie 🙂
Thank you so much from us both, Rosaliene
64 Years ago! You must’ve been pretty young! It’s a beautiful card. The detail and composition are particularly impressive.
15, JoAnna. Hard to believe. Thanks very much.
You are an artist by soul, and it remains indomitable. I am glad you have been publishing your daily chronicles allowing us to savour the produce of your fine craftsmanship day after day. Merry Christmas to you, Jackie, and all your loved ones!
Thank you so much, Uma.
Wowzer! That is an impressive illustration. Really quite something. I may not send even one card this year. Might simply phone people as the few arrive. Such a turnaround to decades ago when I sent 60-70 with letters inside (No one wants to be friends with me any more hohohoho)
Thanks very much, Gwen. The lists get smaller and smaller. Actually I can hardly believe myself that I was 15 when I did that
Yes, so young. One could argue you had the time on your hands to perfect it. BUT! The innate talent! Even though your memoir stories explain how it came to be that talent had to take a back seat to “survival”, and that you have become/were sanguine and philosophical about life’s realities, there must be times you look at the high quality of your art – way beyond being ‘good at drawing’ – and feel a twinge that life could not have taken a different turn. Not a regret or denial of how it all panned out, but, a tinge of the “what ifs” would only be human, surely?
Yes, indeed, Gwen. Actually, looking back I realise I could perhaps have made it.
Your card is impressive and ever so much nicer to receive than one drawn from a commercially produced pack. That said, we don’t send or receive cards anymore – more’s the pity. Like Garrulous Gwendoline, I used to send cards with letters inside to family and friends – real labour of love that took a lot of time. Handwritten letters became typed ones … with the post office becoming dysfunctional in combination with the popularity of electronic media, seasonal cards are no longer on sale. This must be a blow to the charities that used them as a source of income. I hope you and Jackie will enjoy a wonderful Christmas – as well as the Boxing Day feast!
Thanks very much, Anne. We are just hanging on to the tradition, although lists get smaller as the years go by. Your good wishes are reciprocated by us both
So lovely cards! Beautiful artwork??
Thank you very much, KK
One of the things that struck me about your 15 year old self was the characterisation of the adorers, particularly the one in the foreground. I wonder what was your intention? It’s very skilfully done. I love the feathery technique in the shadows.
Thank you so much, Susan. I think I was trying to establish different races – even then
You are most talented, Derrick!
Thank you very much, Eugi.
My pleasure, Derrick.
Thank you for sharing that beautiful work, Derrick!
Much appreciated, Lavinia
A very creative card, Derrick! Your artwork is very fine!
Much appreciated, Dwight
You are welcome!
Wow that’s beautiful Derrick
Thank you so much, More
You’re welcome Derrick
Elegant and very distinctive card in black and white – quite impressive, Derrick/
Thank you very much, Dolly
You are very welcome, Derrick.
Like you, Derrick, card writing has long been a habit. I like to get my cards out early. This year I sent the overrseas ones in a timely fashion, but then I did the others in dribbles… still worked on some today. It’s a long process because I like to personalize each one. Yours came today – much to our delight. Thank you so much, my friend. Merry Christmas!
Much appreciated, Jan X
What a beautiful card!
Thank you very much, Ribana
(The Editor in me comes out…) What a clever job you did in removing the smudge! ha ha. Of course that is what I would notice.
🙂 Thanks very much, Crystal
It is well-made greeting card! Merry Christmas to you and your family!
Thank you very much, Byung