Over the summer, I took a trip to the amusement park "Holiday World" with my sister and two young nieces. It is located in the town of Santa Claus, Indiana (population: 2,481), a small town in which Christmas music and santa statues permeate every single corner. While driving on I-65, my sister and I could have sworn that we both observed three large crows on the side of the highway taking turns eating out of a Chinese food takeout container. When I got home, I animated it.
I recently treated myself to a holiday gift: a ceramic cat head by Kim Murton. Kim is one of my favorite artists and I can't wait to hang this up in my studio. Check out all of her colorful ceramic creations at the link above.
A reminder, per it being December 1st: Christmas cards are available in the shop. Eight (8) original matte cards, jollily nestled in a red or green vellum envelope. They come with address lines on the back which them make them perfect for either keeping/displaying or mailing.
Available here in the web shop.
If you are in the Cincinnati area, you can also purchase them at Wooden Hill.
Now available in the shop (despite that it is August): a Christmas card set!
It is a long favorite tradition of mine to make Christmas cards for friends/family, and I decided to take some favorite designs from over the years to make them available, just for you. Eight quality matte postcards (perfect weight for mailing or displaying), including one mystery hand-drawn card. Nestled nicely in a translucent, vellum Christmas-colored envelope.
Originally a Christmas card design, then decided to paint it, then decided to make it a print ... "a Galaxial Christmas". This one's perfect for the unapologetic lover of the holiday, the armchair astronomer, the completist Mark Neeley collector, and/or everything in between. $12 / free shipping, located in the "store" up above. P.S. - "Tunnel-Ball" mugs are ideal stocking stuffers according to the 2016 Sears Roebuck holiday catalogue.
-- Tracklist --
John Fahey - Medley: Hark, The Heralds Angel Sing / O Come All Ye Faithful
Low - Just Like Christmas
Mark Mothersbaugh - Blue Joy
Patty Marie Jay w/ Hal Bradley Orch. - Space Age Santa Claus
Wovenhand - I Wonder as I Wander
The Qualities (Sun Ra) - It's Christmas Time
Shonen Knife - Space Christmas
Vince Guaraldi Trio - Christmas Time Is Here (instrumental)
Cocteau Twins - Winter Wonderland
Ahmad Jamal Trio - Snowfall
Can - Silent Night
Starflyer 59 - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Van der Graaf Generator - An Epidemic of Father Christmas
Danielson - Hosanna / Go Tell It ...
Lightnin' Hopkins - Santa
Wizzard - I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday
And on a somewhat but also completely unrelated note, this afternoon I threw together some green Santa heads with some leftover clay to test out the new stop motion program we are using in the Animation Workshop.
If you are looking to treat yourself to your own little gift this Christmas, a great way would be to support the Kickstarter to fund this remarkable new film "The WitchDoctor" by the always top notch Screen Novelties. This studio animated the puppet and stop motion bits in cartoons like Chowder and Flapjack, and is probably best known for most recently creating the CBS stop motion Christmas specials of Spongebob and Elf: Buddy's Musical. I have had SN listed in the "links" section here for a while, simply because I just love about everything they do, and even cooler is that it is seemingly a pretty small operation which produces stunning work.
Here is the link to the KS for the project, and sadly there are just a couple of days left. The support has been strong, but a final push for the goal is much needed here shortly. To be expected, some of the "rewards" are very creative: Tiki mugs, t-shirts, and a behind the scenes "making of". Or the full on tour of the studio, if you're so inclined.
Hey all, I know it has been some time since I've lasted updated. I have been hard at work on a new book project, and it has really been ramping up lately, so I hope to get some more legitimate info out soon. And to share some info on the previous book project that was ultimately scrapped.
Meanwhile, it's hard to believe that a few months ago marked the one-year anniversary that "Saxby" hit the shelves. As always, the book is still available (at a much cheaper option than Amazon, etc.) in the online store here. There is still a little bit of time left for it to make it and under your Christmas tree in time (and free stickers while supplies last). And I hope everyone is watching Emmet Otter's Jugband Christmas!
(from last year's round of Christmas cards)