Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Another wonderful Leyendecker Santa Claus [feedly]

Another wonderful Leyendecker Santa Claus
// lines and colors

Leyendecker Santa Claus
I've suggested before that although others preceded him in developing the character of The Jolly One, I think the great American illustrator J.C. Leyendecker is most responsible for the contemporary version of Santa Claus we are familiar with today.

For more, see my previous Christmas Eve posts on Leyendecker's Santas and Illustrators' Visions of Santa Claus.

Image above from The J.C. Leyendecker Legacy.


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Heading Home [feedly]

Heading Home
// Muddy Colors

Greg Manchess

Merry Christmas, Everyone!

Heading Home is more of a post-Christmas image, but the spirit is still there. It is the last of the paintings that debuted in Paris this past October 17th, at Galerie Daniel Maghen. Time to start conceptualizing new work for the next show, due in two years.

Here's an excerpt from my original story:

"...will be night soon. He'll have to dig in before he makes the final push north, and home. The bear will accompany him as far as it's interested, even though this one had been with him for quite awhile. After that, he'll be on his own, with the Pole Star and the Aurora as a guides.

It wasn't just luck that put him in the bear's path after the storm, but his own pride. He knew the group was out here, and it didn't take long to convince the beast he wanted its help.

Or perhaps...companionship."

Here's to an exciting and productive 2015!


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