Christmas Wonder

© Pam Depoyan… See something here you’d enjoy buying as a frame-able print ?  Inspired to order a custom Pen and Ink Christmas drawing specific to a wonder story moment of your life? Contact me at pam.depoyan@gmail.com

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Remember when wonder tasted like Christmas morn?

In our often hurried, workaday lives it’s easy to lose sight of that sense of awe we know so naturally as children.  That zip across the ice, waltz in the snow, alleluia to the newborn King  kind of amazement that lights something within us, warms us like hands at a fire,  to the miracles all around us.  

I think there’s something indefinable about vintage images from the 1940’s that captures that wave of wonder… maybe the sense of nostalgia for classic holiday favorites like It’s a Wonderful Life, The Bishop’s Wife, Miracle on 34th Street… something that made me want to capture these for you here!  🙂

That’s why I created this gallery of Christmas wonder moments that call to the heart, like these…

IN THE GALLERY ROOM:  Hold close the wonder by gifting someone with a print that marks a special moment – an “ornament” sort of keepsake!

 

 

 

 

“O, Come and Behold Him”

11×14 Print $85

 9×12 Print $50

mini print (5×7) – $25

 

“Skater’s Waltz”

(“By the Light of the Silvery Moon”)

11×14 Print $85

 9×12 Print $50

mini print (5×7) – $25

 

 

“Silver Bells Ring in Stockbridge Village, Mass.”

(Hometown of Norman Rockwell)

11×14 Print $85

 9×12 Print $50

mini print (5×7) – $25

 

“Basketful of Merry For You”

11×14 Print $85

 9×12 Print $50

mini print (5×7) – $25

 

“Caroler at the Window”

11×14 Print $85

 9×12 Print $50

mini print (5×7) – $25

 

“On the Way to ‘Playing St. Nick'”

11×14 Print $85

 9×12 Print $50

mini print (5×7) – $25

 

“Beacon of Warmth in the Snowy Woods”

A lovely church in Marblehead, Ohio – reminiscent of those found in England

11×14 Print $85

 9×12 Print $50

mini print (5×7) – $25

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“Snow Light over the Village”

SPECIAL PRICE  9×12 – $40

mini print (5×7) $25

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“Central Park, By Wintry Light”

SPECIAL PRICE  9×12 – $40

mini print (5×7) $25

 

“Stars in My Crown” (For Christmas)

 9×12 Print $50

mini print (5×7) – $25

 

“Join We Now in Adoration”

11×14 Print $85

 9×12 Print $50

mini print (5×7) – $25

 

“Christmas at the Church in the Pines”

11×14 Print $85

 9×12 Print $50

mini print (5×7) – $25

 

“”Fit for an Angel”

11×14 Print $85

 9×12 Print $50

mini print (5×7) – $25

 

“Mama’s Little Christmas Baker”

11×14 Print $85

 9×12 Print $50

mini print (5×7) – $25

 

Expecting Wonder”

“Expecting Wonder”

11×14 Print $85

 9×12 Print $50

mini print (5×7) – $25

 

Shall we take just one peek?”

“Shall we take just one peek?”

11×14 Print $85

 9×12 Print $50

mini print (5×7) – $25

 

 

 “Snow!…for Christmas Morn”

 

Snow!…for Christmas Morn”

11×14 Original  (in a private collection)

11×14 Print $85

 9×12 Print $50

mini print (5×7) – $25

 

“Christmas Roses”

 

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“Christmas Roses”

(“Vivvie”)

 11×14 print – $85

9×12 print – $50

  mini print (5×7 – $25

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“Memories of Sweet Christmas Past”

(The Sweet House)

“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.  I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future.  The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me.  I will not shut out the lessons they teach!”  ~ Dickens, Christmas Carol

9×12 print – $50

  mini print (5×7 – $25

 

 

“Carols in the Falling Snow”

Image result for clipart of a snow covered evergreen    1.  In a time when caroling seems like a long ago dream we’ve nearly forgotten, I wanted this drawing from a real life vintage scene of the 1940’s to capture the wonder and joy of singing in the snow for friends and neighbors.  I heard a young mom say recently how her six year old daughter’s eyes lit when she heard about caroling, how she begged, “Oh, mom – can we do that?”  Amazing to think she’d never heard of it before!  So… do you know any little ones who might be inspired to song by this print?

2.  In the same way, Christmas family photo cards seem to proliferate these days…. but  where have all those beautiful and fun old fashioned Christmas cards gone to…the ones that used to line our mantels from Uncle Joe and Sue and Tom and all the friends across the country?  Why not frame a print of this one to hearken in your Christmas decorations?

3.  Know anyone who is planning a caroling party?  Does this drawing remind you of you or your brother or sister caroling as kids?  How about that friend who sings in the choir that you’ve been wanting to find a unique gift for?

4.  Frame and mat this one to display on an easel atop your Christmas mantel!

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“Carols in the Falling Snow”

11×14 Original  (in a private collection)

11×14 Print $85

 9×12 Print $50

mini print (5×7) – $25

 

 “Snow on Snow”

  1.  Know anyone who loves vintage Christmas postcards?  Reminiscent of those soft and dreamy depictions of children enjoying snow this is drawn from an actual photo of the 1930’s…
  2. Sweet and elegant touch for your Christmas mantel in a Victorian scroll work type frame (such as I’ve found at Hobby Lobby)
  3. Perhaps this one reminds you of someone you know, either now or as they may have looked as a child, as it does me… a perfect gift for a child’s room, granddaughter, or friend it may resemble 🙂
  4. Gift to someone who needs a touch of that childhood wonder

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“Snow on Snow”

(After I scanned this one, I added a subtle touch of sky blue to the eyes…available with or without that color brightener…”)

11×14 Original  (in a private collection)

11×14 Print $85

 9×12 Print $50

mini print (5×7) – $25

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“Sugar Plum Wonderland”

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  1. Remember those special Saturday mornings when it was just you and Daddy, out running errands, stopping at the specialty butcher shop? And the wonder you felt as you walked by intriguing window displays – calling to Dad to look?
  2. Maybe you have treasured memories of the Nutcracker at Christmas, or the Sugar Plum Fairy cake in this drawing reminds you of someone who does?
  3. What about the gourmet bakers you know?  Or for those who love watching every food channel bake off, then recreating the delectable Linzer cookies or fancy cakes at home? Maybe you or someone you know has a dream of owning a tearoom or bakery where you could create your own masterpieces? 
  4. Who do you know who would see this drawing and think, “That’s me!”?  🙂

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“Sugar Plum Wonderland”

11×14 Original  (in a private collection)

11×14 Print $85

 9×12 Print $50

mini print (5×7) – $25

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“Figure-Skating Double”:

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  1. Do you know someone who eats, sleeps and breathes ice skating?  (Or did, once upon a time?)  Have a cherished, wonder-filled skate-related memory of your own? 
  2. How about the Christmas your  mouth formed an “O” as you first saw just the beautiful doll you wanted, all silvery in the tissue paper lined box? 
  3. Or the memories you have of being glued to the TV when figure-skating came on? 
  4.   Just a few of the reasons to gift this one and remind someone (or yourself) of that Christmas Morn kind of wonder!

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“Figure-Skating Double”

little-girl-on-ice-skates-with-wordsAvailable with or without the word “wonder”

11×14 Original  (in a private collection)

11×14 Print $85

 9×12 Print $50

mini print (5×7) – $25

Note:  Prints of this skater have a subtle shading in ice background not completely showing in this scan.

 

This Bouquet’s For You”

  1. Classic, English style portraits mix so beautifully with modern and vintage decors so popular in HGTV fixer uppers – adding just the perfect warmth and charm to everything from a cottage nook to a living room wall.  This is my favorite style to draw  and to decorate with… though it speaks to me of Sound of Music (girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes) played at Christmas, it certainly makes a great piece for any time of year.  A gift for yourself or anyone who loves cottages, vintage, British, Early American…
  2. This one reminds me of the sweet face of someone I know – a nice gift to remind her of being loved and thought of!  Maybe it recalls a friend of yours?  🙂
  3. Lovely for a child’s room as well

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“This Bouquet’s For You”

11×14 Original  (in a private collection)

11×14 Print $85

 9×12 Print $50

mini print (5×7) – $25

 

“Planning A Gift of Wonder Cheer”

  1. Cheery for touch of Christmas in a child’s room… Drawn from a vintage photo of about 100 years ago, I love the way this one tells a story to me of doing for others, planning moments of wonder for those who need a bit of cheer (the little girl in this   appears to me to be unable to walk. I left out something that looked like possible leg braces beside her).  To me, the boys are in the true Christmas spirit of building a “thing of joy” to surprise little sis!  Loved that snowman of extraordinary height!  And the dog in protective mode around the sitting child…  🙂

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“Planning a Gift of Wonder Cheer”

11×14 Original  (in a private collection)

mini print (5×7) – $25

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“I Believe” :

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  1.  Remember the  wondrous moment in the movie, Miracle on 34th Street”, when little Natalie Wood spies the real live present she asked Edmund Gwenn for and screams for John Payne to stop the car?  Even when I no longer believed in Santa, that scene sprang tears to my eyes and renewed that sense of make believe wonder within me. 
  2. And Gwenn’s tenderhearted portrayal of Santa simply IS Santa to me.   This one’s the perfect gift for anyone who cherishes this classic Christmas movie,  remembers their own belief in Santa, or simply loves nostalgia of Natalie Wood cheek to cheek with one she loved.  
  3. Mm…a great gift for those who still believe…in wonder!

Miracle on 34th Street

“I Believe”

8×8 Original – in a private collection

8×8 print – $40

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…More Christmas Designs…

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 Christmas at Georgie’s

11×14 Original -$175

11×14 print – $85

9×12 print – $50

miniature print – $25

Note:  Also available in classic black and white.

Little with a muff

“Merry holly, holy days to you!”

This is pen & ink with a touch of pink pastel and graphite pencil…

11×14 Original – in a private collection

11×14 print – $85

9×12 print – $50

miniature print – $25

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“Ode to Currier & Ives – American Victorian Winter”

I came across this Victorian Cottage one fall, took some photos and drew this imagining it in a snowy scene…

9×12 Original – in a private collection

9×12 print – $50

Christmas Church with Words

 “Waiting for his master”

Message:  This Christmas, may you hear His Name in snowfall whispers, feel His arms slip close round you, breathe in the Prince of Peace…

 (This is a drawing of the actual First Congregational Church of Ada, MI, founded in 1870.  The snow scene is how I imagine the wintry landscape looking, once upon a time.  The Christmasey story in my mind (purely invented) is that the dog is waiting for his master to come out of the boys choir practice inside  🙂

9×12 Original – in a private collection

9×12 print – $50

Christmas Entry

Christmas Open House”

Message:  Christmas invites us to royal housewarming of heart, strung with candlelight and starlight carols to have and behold…

9×12 Original – in a private collection

9×12 print – $50

Christmas Hope

“Christmas Hope”

Message:  I’m tucking words of Christmas hope in my  heart for you…Candlelight HE never lets go out…

9×12 Original – in a private collection

9×12 print – $50

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“Christmas Splendor at the Department Store”

Message:  This season…Look for the savor-softly moments of Sweet Noel Glow

This one comes from my memories of “Going Downtown” with Mom to window shop at Christmas…

9×12 Original – in a private collection

9×12 print – $50

Christmas-love come down

Cozy by the fire

9×12 Original – in a private collection

9×12 print – $50

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“Christmas Tree Lot”

Message:  On this Holy Night,

I wish you wonder for all your days,

a child’s hope, a song to sing; 

and when Christmas bells begin to ring,

I wish you Love…

9×12 Original – in a private collection

9×12 print – $50

Christmas Anthem-Boys Choir

“This Happy Day”

Message:  O, sing to God your hymns of gladness, Your Lord is born this happy day! ~ Gounod/Webb, A Christmas Anthem, 1866

9×12 Original – in a private collection

9×12 print – $45

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“Holiday Inn”

This reminds me of the home in Bing Crosby’s “Holiday Inn,” so I included that on the sign…as a nod to one of my favorite classic films…  :)

9×12 Original – in a private collection

9×12 print – $50

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Christmas Ribbons on the House

Message:  May our Lord lift and ribbon-twirl His song of Advent Hope round your hearth…

9×12 Original – in a private collection

9×12 print – $45

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Black and white version – Christmas Ribbons on the House

Message:  She stood mesmerized by the glistening, angel-feather snowfall and felt held, safe and treasured within a living snow globe of His Hands…

9×12 Original – in a private collection

9×12 print – $45

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Tin drummer boy

Message:  How I love the rum-tum-tum, the fife and drum, the joyful sound of Christmas on parade…

I used an antique ornament as my “model” for this one..

6×8 Original – in a private collection

6×8 print – $15

Boy with tumpet

Trumpet Gloria…

9×12 Original – in a private collection

9×12 print – $45

Angel Ornament

Angels we have heard on high…

6×8 Original – in a private collection

6×8 print – $15

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