EBSQ Spotlight on Seasonal Art: ‘Tis The Season – Ann Murray

This month’s featured gallery is Seasonal Art: ‘Tis The Season.  The month of December brings us Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year’s Eve. It is a month of festivities and reflection. Seasonal Art: ‘Tis The Season appears once a year in month of December and is always a favorite. From now until the end of the year, we are going to take a few moments to catch up with some of the EBSQ artists that create for this season of celebration.

Ann Murray

Merry Christmas card - Peace Dove by Ann Murray

I’ve been making a hand-made Christmas card for friends, family and art patrons for years. It is a labor of love that I enjoy doing. I start thinking about different designs in September. In October I start sketching, and at the end of November and first of December I put a burn on and start painting the final design. By the time I’m through, the finished card looks nothing like what I started with, but I’m always happy with it. They take many, many hours to design, paint and print and I’ve heard feedback that people look forward to getting my hand-made cards every year. Some people have told me they keep my cards in their art collection after Christmas. Hand-made Christmas cards are really a limited edition fine art print, when it comes right down to it. I especially like trading cards with other artists and art patrons because I know they are the ones who will appreciate all the time and work that goes into them because they’ve been busily making their own holiday cards!

When looking over my past cards, I noticed that I have a theme going. In over half of the cards that I’ve made, I’ve worked in a peace message by using the Peace Dove, Angel, or by working the old Hippy peace sign into the design. Wishing people, animals, and the environment peace seems especially appropriate right now; the world seems to need peace more than ever.

I was particularly happy to find a quote on peace by that great musician, poet and philosopher of my generation, Jimi Hendrix. “When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will have peace.” Perfectly said, Jimi.

I wish you all Peace, and a very Merry Christmas. – Annie

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