October 30, 2014

Pumpkin Carving

October is such a beautiful and fun month. And then as a kiss goodbye each year, it gives us a fun day like Halloween.

This year I did something a bit different. I have recently discovered that I enjoy the Doctor Who series to no end! So for fans of that wonderful show... I present my pumpkin Dalek!

In the words of the Ninth Doctor "Oh, and I caught your little signal, help me, poor little thing. But there's no-one else coming cause there's no-one else left."

Have a happy WHOloween!

October 28, 2014

Shop Feature & In-House Painting

I am so excited to announce that my art is being featured at Renaissance & Papyrus November 13th-15th. It's going to be part of the W.O.W. (Women's Only Weekend) event, taking place in Located in downtown South Haven. I'll also be painting for several hours one day over the weekend. 

If you're nearby, stop in and say hello!

October 24, 2014

Renaissance & Papyrus Gallery

I am so honored to have my artwork hung up in the Renaissance & Papyrus store in downtown South Haven. This lovely little gallery I have there houses my framed illustrations & novelties.

It's a wonderful thing to get lost in all of their lace and feminine dresses. 

Renaissance & Papyrus carry specialty books, clothing, jewelry, bedding, home d├ęcor, cards, knick knacks, and just about anything a girl would love to have.

The shop owners JoAnn & Johannah are such lovely people. Everyone who works there always makes a visit there a wonderful experience. It is hands down my favorite store.

Trying on fun accessories!

They also have a lovely garden you can visit out their back door. There's an entire little secret garden back there. 

October 21, 2014

2014 Christmas Cards, Sets, & Gift Tags

If your toes wiggle at the sight of holly, and your nose twitches happily when it smells mistletoe, then today I have some new items in the shop which are just for you!

Today I am proud to introduce my line of products for the 2014 holiday.

O Tannenbaum Greeting Card 8 Piece Sets & Single Cards

Kris Kringle & Bear Claus 8 Piece SetsKris Single Cards, & Bear Single Cards

and a special Christmas Gift Tag 12 Piece Set & Twine Bundle here.

It's time to start making that list and checking it twice!

October 16, 2014

Four & Twenty Blackbirds Baked in a Birthday Pie

October is one of my favorite words, I just love the way it sounds. It is also my favorite time of year. And every October, I get to celebrate my birthday. I feel so blessed to be born in my favorite month!

This year I requested a cherry pie.

accompanied by fish & chips..

Along with four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie to celebrate my 24th year!

Sing a song of sixpence,
A pocket full of rye
Four and Twenty Blackbirds,
Baked in a pie.
When the pie was opened,
The birds began to sing;
Wasn't that a dainty dish,
To set before the king?

Happy October to all of you!

October 8, 2014

Kris Kringle

Kris Kringle   8"x10"  Acrylic on paper

Here's my version of old Kris Kringle himself. A right jolly old elf. He's ready to spread Christmas cheer, and dust your chimneys out in the process!

Here's the 2014 Christmas card set together.

I have three new cards this holiday season. They'll be available by the end-of-October-first-of-November.

Until then, the Kris Kringle & Bear Claus originals are for sale and prints also.
For me the Christmas countdown has begun!

October 7, 2014

Bear Claus

Bear Claus   8"x10"  Acrylic on paper

Say hello to Santa's bear, he lives with him in the North Pole! He has quite a sweet tooth. I think Santa may have put a candy cane in his mitten.

This fella is part of a Christmas card set! Oh Mr. Postman, please hurry with my greeting cards. 
I can't wait to send these off to my own friends & family.

Happy Tuesday!

October 6, 2014

O Tannenbaum

O Tannenbaum   14"x11"  Acrylic on paper

This illustrator has been hearing silver bells, and listening to classic carol-crooning, these past weeks. The halls of my heart have been decked with boughs of holly & jolly.  

This merry bunch is the epitome of holiday larks.
Here is the 2014 Christmas Illustration, now available as a print while the greeting cards find their way from the printers to my doorstep. By the first of November, O Tannenbaum holiday note cards will be stocked in the shop!! 

Hope this puts a bit of Fa-la-la-la-la in your step today!

October 2, 2014

Delusions of Grandeur

Teddy Roosevelt Bear & Napoleon Musk Oxen   both 8"x10"  Acrylic on paper

I wrote a little poem for the set titled Delusions of Grandeur. The poem and paintings appear in the new issue of Old Tat Magazine, a print magazine out of the United Kingdom.

Delusions of Grandeur
a poem written and illustrated by Gretchen Ellen Powers

Roosevelt was skeptical
And Bonaparte was sure,
That neither he nor Teddy 
Had had quite such hair before.

And wouldn't for our lessons
Make a more intriguing pair,
If Napoleon were an oxen
And old Roosevelt a bear?

Napoleon Musk Oxen

Napoleon Musk Oxen   8"x10"  Acrylic on paper

Napoleon Bonaparte's famous hat reminded me quite a bit of the horns on a musk oxen.

His hoof tucked into his unbuttoned shirt, is also capturing a recognizable trait of his.
I'm titling this set, "Delusions of Grandeur".

Perhaps worth noting:
I just may have written a little poem to accompany them. Come read it here later today!