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Art of the Day: Wednesday December 21, 2016

Holly

- by Shelly Bedsaul

This week's theme: It's The Holiday Season

This is a busy time of year for holidays. Monday is the start of two weeks filled with holidays and celebrations. In Northern Hemisphere the winter solstice falls on Wednesday and is the first day of the Yule Festival. Hanukkah begins on Saturday and Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are Saturday and Sunday. The 26th is Boxing Day and it's also the start of Kwanzaa. New Year's Eve is on Saturday, December 31st and the last day of this two week extravaganza is, of course, New Year's Day. Art of the Day will also be joining in on the festivities with 14 days of holiday themed art. We hope they brighten your day and we wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season.


Art: Holly by Artist Shelly Bedsaul
Not necessarily an angel. Let's call her a Solstice spirit. Holly is associated with winter "magic" and good fortune throughout the world's myths and legends, from Europe to Japan and even touching some Native American cultures. I've chosen Celtic myth in this depiction. It was believed to repel evil. Brought indoors, it was a sign as a safe place for fairies to play. My technique, though time consuming, is simple. I start with a preliminary sketch in graphite. When my design is satisfactory, I ink the sketch, using a black, 05, pigma micron pen. I use Prismacolor pencils. Each area is a layering of about 5 different colors, going from dark to light, until the paper is totally burnished. Once the coloring is complete, I re-ink to make the line work a true black. It is then sprayed with workable fixatif to seal, protect and prevent wax bloom.

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