Monday, December 23, 2013

Christmas Wishes from Clarksville VA

 
(inside greeting)
We're ready for Christmas
with our pretty main street.
There's a tree with lights
and the shop windows are neat.
The decorating committee gave it their most
and wreaths are hanging from every lamp post.

Welcome to Clarksville, dear Mr. Claus.
I tried to be good but I have a few flaws.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

I have been AWOL from my blog for a while but I managed to create this Christmas card, get them printed, folded, addressed and in the mail Saturday.  This is a photo taken with my iPad during the summer; then, in my desktop Corel Photo/Paint program, I converted it to a watercolor.  Next, I sent it to my iPad and, using the Procreate app, removed parked cars, painted a nighttime sky with stars, added street lamp lights and wreaths; then painted Santa and the dog.  Text was added in Corel Draw.  (The dog was inspired by Big Ben, a mixed black lab, who was featured on our Lake Country SPCA site last week--he and many others need homes.)  I posted this on FB yesterday and, somehow, this scene touched the hearts of many who live/lived here, and brought back memories.  Some of their comments brought a tear to my eye (it is that time of year).  Clarksville is a beautiful little town, especially, at Christmastime.
 
I wish you a wonderful holiday and I hope to find more time for art and blogging in 2014.
 

24 comments:

  1. Well, that looks a little like my hometown and I want that dog to be adopted...so now I've got something in my eye. It's a beautiful Christmas card...Merry Christmas to you and yours, Hallie! I sent you a friend request on FB! :)

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    1. Thank you Celeste and Happy Belated birthday.

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  2. I think it is a beautiful card, Hallie. I love your little main street and all its Christmas beauty. Even Santa had to walk through town. I hope all is well with you and your family and wish you a very merry holiday season.

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    1. Hi CrimsonLeaves. I hope Santa makes a right at the light and finds my house. Merry Christmas.

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  3. Have a very merry Clarkesville Christmas and a happy new year! I love the card - it is a delight. It has been a joy following you and your art over the years, and I look forward to the next wonderful year.

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  4. Thank you Dan. I look forward to more paintings (and at least a few dark ones) and writing from you.

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  5. A very nice Christmas card - and so special that it's your town. Love the little black dog, the first one to see Santa :) Have a wonderful 2014!!!

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  6. It is a beautiful card with a wonderful sentiment. I can see how it touched so many people. Thank you for everything Hallie- your sharing of art and your friendship.

    You hope to be blogging more and I plan to be blogging less. But I'm still around and love getting your blog updates in my email. Feel free to drop a line anytime. Know that I'm watching.

    Hugs!
    Pamo

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    1. Hey PAMO--you've already been blogging less. I'm sure your holidays were busy, but I'm betting something BIG has replaced blogging--we'll wait. Thank you.

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  7. It's a lovely Christmas card, so peaceful and it somehow sets you back in time. Wish you and your dear ones great 2014 .

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  8. Thank you Jane. It does seem to be set back in time. Although the street lamps and traffic light are relatively new, the buildings are the same as when I was a child.

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  9. This is a lovely Christmas card . All the best for this New Year and more time to paint and draw.

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    1. Welcome, Helen, and thank you. Beautiful paintings on your blog, and I liked your Christmas cards; especially, the one with the small bird.

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  10. Baeautiful, Hallie. I am in awe of your facility with the latest electronics. You touched my heart. God bless!

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    1. Thank you Mary. I fiddle around and find a way to do things; not necessarily the best or most efficient way. Art has so many faces.

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  11. This is a fantastic Christmas card. And although I didn't understand a word you said about the process (can I come for computer lessons?) I think you did a great job.

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    1. Thanks Carol King. By the time you arrive for lessons, I will have forgotten how I created this.

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  12. Charming card and verse. I know your friends and family enjoyed receiving this. Looks like we are all going digital now. I don't have an iPad yet. Not sure I'll get one as I have so much invested in my desk top computers. Good seeing your work again. I must find you on FB.

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    1. Hi Eva. I think that years of playing around with Corel on my desktop gave me a slight edge with apps. My problem is stepping away from the iPad--it's habit-forming and a time-waster.

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  13. It is a stunning card you made Hallie. Though the process seemed complicated for my intelligence, I am curious to learn it if I get a chance. Wishing you a great creative year ahead!

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    1. Thank you Padmaja. I always enjoy seeing your peaceful paintings; Happy 2014.

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