‘Tis the joyous Christmas season
A favorite Christmas quote fromÂ A Christmas Carol, says …
It is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its Mighty founder was a child Himself.
The key to happiness is to hold on to that child-like wonder at Christmas.
Alas, the holiday season can bring a mix of good and bad memories. Once, during myÂ Bah Humbug! period, I cross-stitched another Dickens quote,Â Bah Humbug!Â And beautified it with a gilded frame.
Foremost this Christmas, cherish the simple things of the heart.
Happiness is a gift and the trick is not to expect it, but to delight in it when it comes. -Charles Dickens
… MerryÂ Christmas to all, and to all, a good life!
My digital how-to artwork for story illustration:
In Adobe Illustrator, I pennedÂ a blue gradient for my snow bank.
I created layers of art in Photoshop. On top of the snow, I layered my Santa art, created in Illustrator.
Then, I duplicated Santa and skewed him, dialing back the transparency for a red shadow on the snow. I imagined Santa’s suit would reflect a jolly red on the snow rather than gray.
To complete the illustration, I added a lens flair above the snow for a heavenly light.
And cropped line work of the Nativity by hubbyÂ Darrell WiskurÂ from a Merry Christmas letter he designed years ago, commissioned by a dentist for his office Christmas letter.Â
Read Luke 21:1-40, a Biblical record of the incarnation of Christ … Emmanuel, God is with us.