In a Little Communiqué Spot

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Looking for a particular type of drawing?   From cottages to child portraits to landscapes…Simply choose and click on a portrait ‘gallery’ link to view my artwork – listed by subject – in “Categories,” just over there to the right! 

NOTE:  Everything here is under my copyright and may NOT be reproduced in any way without permission.


holly and berries

Why choose ART for Christmas-Gifting?


Church in the Pines

It’s personal.  Thoughtful.

It’s a treasure that says, “You are loved and specially thought of,” every time they look at it.

It will become a piece of your story…entwined with theirs…for as long as life.


This season…

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Children around Holly Basket

Basketful of Merry For You”

black and white holly

Is there someone on your list who could use a              smile-evoke-r like this one to brighten their season on in to the new year?    (Contact me at

What this often wild toad’s ride of a world needs now is… WONDER  —  the kind of wonder often waiting (and waiting) for us in everyday, simple moments, but  rarely missed reveling in when we were children.

For Christmas reminds us… we’ve been created for AWE.

Who can resist the joyful awe in the candle-lit smiles of these apple-cheeked brothers and sister here in this piece (above), drawn from a real-life vintage snap!  No chore for these, gathering in their wondrous bundle of holly, all the more fun in such oversized basket! 

Merry wonder sparkles in their eyes,  in the bit of mischievous glee I think I spy passing between the littlest on the right and the end boy on the left (love that small guy’s grin!) – bridges across the decades to today… and lights their spirit of Christmas joy in me every time I see this image.   You too?  🙂


Little Girl Christmas Baking

“Mama’s Little Christmas Baker”

Who of us (or the children of our hearts) doesn’t have fond memories of finding wonder in the kitchen with Mom or GrandMom – especially at Holiday Time?  The miracle of putting in a pinch of this and a dash of that and coming out with an extravaganza of mouthwatering cookies of all shapes and sizes – the fun of joining in with “being one of the grownups” baking and putting together surprise bundles to giveaway…

Might this sweet portrait, hearkening back to those fun Good Housekeeping covers of the 30’s but every bit as much today

  • Enliven your Christmasey kitchen with a touch of vintage on modern? 
  • Or add a little winter time cheer to Grandma’ own?
  • Maybe sparkle on the wall of a promising little baker you know and love?

(Something about this little face reminds me of photos of myself at this age, as well as of a special young 4-yr old gal I am thinking of today!  🙂   And I love the 40’s style fridge so reminiscent of my own Grandma’s… the crisp white and cherry red that make me think snow and peppermint... )


“Stars in My Crown”


“On the Way to ‘Playing St. Nick’”

black and white holly

Christmas reminds us… We need to rekindle the kind of WONDER that charms and warms the heart and spirit…and turns our eyes to the miraculous just beyond our windows…


Girl with Bookby Window-Darker

“Caroler at the Window”

Have you ever noticed the warmth of decor in movie scenes set in English homes, both modern and quaint?  Maybe its the artist in me, but I’m always looking at the walls behind the actors, admiring the many pen and ink and pencil etchings inevitably there, the sweet-faced portraits of children of old, the inviting landscapes.  This portrait, to me, is quintessentially one of those — to bring a touch of that British accent charm to our homes…

As well as…A portrait that reminds us to quiet our hearts, turn off distractions, savor a good book…notice beauty…AND… listen for WONDER and Songs all around us…  A practice we all need to re-ignite in our lives — not just at Christmas — but each day!

This one also reminds me of one of my favorite of Christmas gifts —

ever a fresh new book!

  • Maybe a treasure for the book-lover in your family?  🙂

black and white holly




Christmas reminds us… as these portraits do… to be aware, lean into the majesty of One who walks with us, in everyday landscapes…

Church in the Snowy Woods

 “Beacon of Warmth in the Snowy Woods”

…Where in the space between work and to do lists and  commercial overload, He invites us to walk in that quiet, whispery, hush of soft fallen snow (if only in imagination transported by images like this one), to find yourself coming suddenly upon a welcoming door – waiting like an unexpected gift, a secret garden gate,  just for you.


Central Park Winter Lighter-with Words

“Central Park, By Wintry Light”

…Or sweeps you to places perhaps you have “visited” only by movie screen, entrances with light glow reflecting on snow-laced branches and flowing beneath charming stone bridges…  sparkles memories of similar places where you’ve walked beneath twinkling lights, reveled in a world bathed in candlelight…


New England Snow Village

“Snow Light over the Village”

…Stirs your spirit to that kind of pink glow that comes in of a morning dawn over a New England scene – when snow has tiptoed in overnight, like a ballerina with a magic wand…and clothed the world in a frock of white and rose gossamer…


Snow!…for Christmas Morn!”

…Lead us to breathe in the gifts He’s put before us in the here and now…

“Christmas at the Church in the Pines”

…And scent our life in evergreen…

black and white holly




Christmas reminds us… He has written the  wonder of expectant faith and believing upon our hearts, even from our youngest moments…

“Expecting Wonder”


“Shall we take just one peek?”


Miracle on 34th Street

“I Believe”

black and white holly




Christmas reminds us… the gift of carols  and praise mists our eyes with the wonder of His Presence, lifts our eyes to What Child Is This…

“Join We Now in Adoration”


“Carols in the Falling Snow”


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Christmas reminds us…Imagination and dreams planted within our soul are to be shared…spilling out WONDER on our world…blessed to be a blessing…


“”Fit for an Angel”

…You can feel the wonder even in the anticipation of the big moment – chosen for Christmas angel!  The sun coming warmly through the chapel windows and spotlighting this child’s excitement, highlighting each face, setting the little white tree aglow, alighting on her gown…  


“Christmas Roses”

Dreams He’s placed within us bring a rich fragrance all their own!


“Sugar Plum Wonderland”

They make your spirit dance, making sugar plum fairies on delectable bakery window cakes come alive!  


“Figure-Skating Double”


“Snow on Snow”


See more Christmas portraits and pricing details here: Christmas Wonder 

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Any of these portraits “speaking” to your Christmas List? Or inspiring you with an idea for a custom-designed gift?

 My heart is to  make you feel just as smitten with the idea of bringing such as treasure home to you and yours!  

(Just email me at to talk about your gift ideas!)

And  I invite you to my other galleries here where you just  might find that perfect gift…like some of these that have been newly added this year:

Baby Portraits

Beach Themes

Elegant Sterling Silver Tea Pieces (and More) in Portrait

Lighthouses and Other Landmarks We Love


Timeless Through the Generations…


And don’t forget…

  • if you have questions regarding purchase and sizes of any of these prints…
  • have an idea of a custom drawing of your own beachy cottage…
  • or simply want to get a conversation started on your own ideas for a piece…

Simply email me at !


Happy Thanksgiving… and Merry Christmas! 



*U.S. only for now – but if you are outside, and interested, let’s talk possibilities…

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Do you have any vintage family photos that might make special portraits?  I’d love to see them.  If I do a drawing from your photo, I will gift you with a mini-print of that piece.  

I’m especially interested in photos taken of young women or men of the 30’s or 40’s who kept the “home fires burning” (as described in my story above) or children of that era

Email your photos to me at


“Christmas at Georgie’s”  available in Heritage Home Portraits…An Ode to Currier & Ives



I wonder if you might do me a favor? 🙂 Please talk about this site with your friends on Facebook, Twitter and other social media and refer them here…along with anyone you know who might be looking for a Pen and Ink artist to custom create a portrait of a cherished part of their lives. *

I look forward to hearing what you think as you take a gallery link tour throughout! And remember to stop in often, as I’ll be adding new ‘pieces’ as I create them — as well as changing up the message in this “little communiqué spot” from time to time, to ask your thoughts and to keep you in the loop of any special offers, updates or seasonal greetings.   🙂


How do I start a gallery tour?

pointer bestSimply choose and click on a portrait ‘gallery’ link in “Categories,” just over there to the right!  🙂

*  U.S. purchases only, for now [However, if you are outside the country, and are interested, let’s talk – in some cases I may have a way to work something out with mail arrangements etc. ] 🙂



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376 thoughts on “In a Little Communiqué Spot

  1. Pam, I think old world charm never really goes out of fashion, and many (including me) love the thought of slower paced, gentler days. I see a young boy in your image above who is proud to be sailing his yacht solo on the boating lake for the very first time. Maybe he’s turning back to his proud father, who has been happily watching from the sidelines, eager to share some refreshment with him now. Your vintage sketches are delightful! It’s been a blessing to stop by your site from the #glimpsesofhisbeauty link up. Keep up the good work… 🙂


    1. Thank you, Joy. Your words encourage me… I’ve been feeling a bit like my tastes are “out of step” though I do think these days of old are timeless, too – love your storyline about the boy in the center of this one! 🙂 He does look like he’s excited to tell someone something as he approaches… I appreciate your sharing your thoughts on it here! Stop in again…

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  2. These are lovely! I would take you up on it, but I’m a bit of an illustrator myself 🙂 Visiting from Coffee for your Heart linkup.


      1. It’s been a while, since I’ve had my own kids I haven’t done much… but I did a pic of a baby in a man’s hand that placed first in a state competition, and an Eskimo boy with his husky is one of my favorites…other than that, mostly either horses or fanciful…


  3. What a unique talent you have for drawing children! Love the little one walking. I was a child of the 30s so I’ll see if I have a photo you could use.


    1. I just added that one here today 🙂 I love it too… so sweet. It makes me see the children I’ve known as they take their first steps… Will be adding more as I do them this month, so do come back. Thanks, Faye! I’d love to see any photos you have! 🙂


  4. pam – you are so gifted not just in writing but in your drawing as well. I love all the pieces you shared on this post, but I was drawn to the little boy in the Irish hat and his cheeks! Oh and then the older sibling kissing the baby…. Thanks for linking up with #TuneInThursday last week. Hope to see you tomorrow too.


    1. I am amazed myself by how God is bringing out my art these days… never used to draw this depth before and I enjoy seeing them come to life too. 🙂 The two you mentioned are two of my favorites too! I’m adding a new one here right now (baby and pup in a tub) that I wasn’t sure was going to come out (the photo I used as a model was not the best quality so hard to see details) but it reminds me of those old Good Housekeeping cover artists I love… Thanks, Debbie!


  5. You’re so right. There is something so precious about hearing your children practice piano. Or other instruments. Our son plays guitar and sax, and I miss hearing his music fill the house. Beautiful art!


  6. The words are as lyrical as music and the drawing is inviting. While I find the painting and photo beautiful, no memories of little children playing the piano are stirred. I played accordion for awhile and then plunked out a few notes on the piano from an elective class I took in college. But playing the piano was comforting on days when my spirits needed lifting. Visiting from Faith and Friends.


  7. Pam,
    My hubby is an artist so I just love seeing other people’s creative bent. Your art is wonderful. Blessings on all your endeavors. I am stopping by via the #InspireMeMonday linkup from last week…it’s a long story 🙂 Have a great weekend!
    ~Sherry Stahl


    1. Oh thank you for your lovely words, Sarah. I love that – full of light and character… 🙂 It’s what I hope they bring to all who see them. A luminous quality that I find in the white of the sea and clouds when done in just the gray tones… and the joy of the sea! His Glory…


  8. What beautiful artwork! They reminded me of my own children at the beach many years ago. You’ve caught the joy of children in these paintings. What a talented artist you are! Your words are beautiful too. Your art fills my eyes–which is the greatest compliment I can give. Your words are so joyous and full of picturings. Thank you. Have a lovely weekend. Somehow I think you might be a kindred spirit. 😀


    1. Thank you so much, Beth! You don’t know how you’ve encouraged me with your beautiful reflections… especially that it fills your eyes, joyous, and reminds you of your children and your own “stories”. I think you may be a kindred spirit too! I don’t write as much here as I do at my apples of gold blog (, so I’m glad the words touched your heart too… Have a beautiful Sunday!


  9. All so lovely and thought-provoking. I’m torn between Central Park, Church in the Pines and Miracle on 34th Street (one of my favorite movies!). Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm — hope to see you there at tomorrow’s party as well:) xo Kathleen |Our Hopeful Home


    1. Thanks, Kathleen… I love all of those images too. The minute I saw snapshots, I knew I wanted to create them as drawings. I’ve never been to Central Park in person, but love those lights over the bridge! Miracle has been one of my favorites since childhood and a few years ago it was a lot of fun to see it on the big screen here in town (TCM had a one day offering of it at a local theater). When I wanted to draw a warm picture of Santa, this is the movie that came to mind for all it’s tenderness!


    1. Glad you enjoyed these, Connie! It was fun to create that drawing – the basic little girl was from a photo, but I added in the rest of it, thinking of my grandma’s old fridge, the way we used to string up our Christmas cards, the charm of those old sugar canisters etc… His blessings to you too! And if you should like a print of that drawing, just email me at 🙂


    1. Thank you, Lisa. I do love the past eras and the drawings that people like Norman Rockwell and Good Housekeeping artists did back then and I think that comes across in my work too 🙂 Of course, I draw many from vintage photos I find, so that would explain it, but I think even the modern day ones take on that feel…


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