What qualifies as Vintage? An artist's style evolves, at least mine has evolved a great deal from when I first started seriously creating art to share with you, my world. There is much about this original style that I still really like and I find it creeping into my work even today, at times.
This Christmas piece, "Whiskers", was recently purchased and it reminded me to take another look at some of my older Christmas art. Lots of memories here. Each piece has a story to tell. The store "Whiskers" was owned by a delightful shop owner and friend. She sold all things whiskered.
The shop was housed in the best, most picturesque store front in Cape May at the corner of Ocean and Hughes Streets. At the time we owned a bed and breakfast inn right around the corner, The Wooden Rabbit. As an inn owner, there was precious little time to paint, but I did manage to create this delightful Christmas scene that featured my four cats and the shop. And lots of snow. Christmas art needs snow.
As the years meandered along, I created other Christmas art, usually as a commission or for a Christmas card. Thought you might enjoy a visual picture down memory lane of where I ventured as an artist. All these pieces are available as prints and a few as ORIGINALS. Simply click on the art if you are curious. All prints start at $27 and would make a sweet reminder of Christmas past. A lovely, unique gift for my favorite season.
The idea for this piece came from a photo in a magazine of just the tree. The clothes on the girls were from another photo and lots of imagination. The cat in the tree was our "Oscar", certainly known for climbing our trees.
This little black furry guy was commissioned for a broken-hearted friend who had just lost their black bunny right at Christmastime. Hopefully he brought some comfort as they remembered their little friend.
This was one of my first attempts to use acrylic paint rather than watercolors. Oh my, I felt like I was painting with mittens on. But I did smile as the mice creatures developed. Even then I dreamed of creating children's books one day.
Ideas come from everywhere, even old Vogue magazines. Fabulous art on every page brims with ideas. I stayed at the library for hours pouring over those books. The bag was a Vera adaptation, long before she became such a hot commodity. And cats have always been a favorite detail.
The Wooden Rabbit, our inn, had the most wonderful windowed side porch where we served tea each day at 4:00. It was a room that I dreamed would one day be my art studio. That never happened, but we tasted other amazingly delicious treats in that glassed-in haven. And one day I grabbed a few hours and created this art that has been a favorite for many collectors.
Thanks for venturing down memory lane with me. Hope you caught some smiles along the way. Leave me a comment or two if something caught your attention. If you would like to see more of my Christmas art, old and new, visit http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/1-deborah-burow.html?tab=artworkgalleries&artworkgalleryid=352338&page=1