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!

Here are some specific ideas for each drawing in this gallery…

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

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“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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“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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“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

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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”

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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.

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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!

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“I Believe”

8×8 Original – in a private collection

8×8 print – $40

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Mark your daily planner to check back to this gallery often as I will be adding more portraits of wonder here throughout December 2016!  🙂

And don’t forget the free shipping and sale offers good through December … (see  A Little Communiqué Spot for details!)