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.