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The Crèche

1993. Pen & ink. 4½" x 6¾"

In 1993 I was determined to return to the “girl in the frilly dress” motif that I had used twice before for my Christmas cards (1990 and 1992), but I couldn’t come up with a concept that really appealed to me. Running short on time, I drew this piece, one that unfortunately lacks the humorous tone of the previous cards. At the time I was not very happy with it, but my opinion has softened and I have grown to like it.

A crèche, by the way, is a Christmas stable tableau, often referred to as a “manger scene.” Note the previous year's card (Pleasant Surprises) hanging from the garland just to the right of the girl.

  • Skating
  • Skating
  • Skating
  • Snowball
  • Making Cookies
  • Running Behind
  • Snowhorse
  • O Tannenbaum
  • Sant’a Treat
  • Early Risers
  • Reading the Christmas Story
  • Hanging the Stockings
  • Cookies for Santa
  • Stringing the Lights
  • The Creche
  • Pleasant Surprises
  • Hey, Jesus Is a Lightbulb!
  • Ho ho... uh oh
  • Parish Magazine illustrations
  • Parish Magazine illustrations

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