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The Days after Christmas
After all the work done in December and on Christmas the Weihnachtsmann and his fellow reindeers take a well earned rest and watch "Gone with the wind", thanks to the new DVD-Player that the Christkindl gave them as a present for Christmas. So much romance and emotion can´t be shared by everybody!

Part of some illustrations I did last year for a book about the Bavarian Santa Clause and his noble reindeers. I just felt that after everybody posts his chistmaspictures bevor the holidays, I should show you the "aftermath" :-)

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Done with watercolor and ink on hot pressed paper (Vang Cascade)
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Leaf by Niggle IV
Before him stood the Tree, his Tree, finished. If you could say that of a tree that was alive, its leaves opening, its branches growing and bending in the wind that Niggle had so often felt or guesses, and had so often failed to catch. He gazed at the Tree, and slowly lifted his arms and opened them wide. "It´s a gift," he said. He was referring to his art, and also to the result; but he was using the word quite literary.

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J. R. R. Tolkien, Leaf by Niggle. Tales from the perilous Realm, p. 302 f.
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Leaf by Niggle V
"Oh, poor little Niggle," said Perkins, "never knew he painted."
That was probebly the last time Niggle´s name ever came up in conversation. However, Atkins preserved the odd corner. Most of it crumbled; but one beautiful leaf remained intact. Atkins had it framed. Later he left it to the Town Museum, and for a long time while "Leaf: by Niggle" hung there in a recess, and was noticed by a few eyes. But eventually the museum was burnt down, and the Leaf, and Niggle, were entirely forgotten in his old country.


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J. R. R. Tolkien, Leaf by Niggle. Tales from the perilous Realm, p. 311.
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Leaf by Niggle III
"Now the Niggle case," said a Voice, a severe voice, more severe than the doctor´s. "What was the matter with him?" asked a Second Voice, a voice you might have called gentle, though it was not soft - it was a voice of authority, and sounded at once hopeful and sad. "What was the matter with Niggle? His heart was at the right place." ""Yes, but it did not function properly", said the First Voice. "And his head was not screwed on tight enough: he hardly ever thought at all. Look at the time he wasted, not even amusing himself!"[...]
"Well," said the Second Voice, "[...] He was a painter by nature. In a minor way, of course; still, a Leaf by Niggle has a charm of its own".


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J. R. R. Tolkien, Leaf by Niggle. Tales from the perilous Realm, p. 298.
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Leaf by Niggle I
"There was one picture in particular which bothered him. It had begun with a leaf caught in the wind, and it became a tree; and the tree grew, sending out innumerable branches, and thrusting out the most fantastic roots. Strange birds came and settled on the twigs and had to be attended to. [...] Niggle lost interest in his other pictures, or else he took them and tacked them onto the edges of his great picture. Soon the canvas became so large that he had to get a ladder, and he ran up and down it, putting in a touch here and rubbing out a patch there."

J. R. R. Tolkien, Leaf by Niggle. Tales from the perilous realm, p. 286.
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For my last trip to Aachen I used a real travelling sketchbook for the first time. Its a sturdy thing with about 40 pages of real mould made watercolorpaper, not one of those spiral bound I usually use fo doing thumbnails or little sketches to prepare actual paintings.

The drawings were completely different to the things I usually do and create some way more intense memories than the photos I took, so I highly recoomend to you to try out travelling with such a journey-book as well.

Best choose a sturdy, small and light book with good paper and some easy to use medium such as ball point pens or pencils. Watercolors can be a bit problematic because of the equipment and the time that is required to dry, so I colored the drawings at the evenings in my room. Dont be afraid to mess up a page, just take it easy and relax. Its like holidays for your drawing skills that are usually stressed at the drawingtable.

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AsliBayrak Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2016  Professional General Artist
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Leaf by Niggle V - featured in tolkien (November)
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Riana-art Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2016
Thanks a lot for the feature, it makes me very happy in a day packed with students worries :)!
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MyonArt Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015
Beautiful, colorful, and funny gallery! Go on with it! :D
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AsliBayrak Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Professional General Artist
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Dulliros Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Alles Gute zum Burzltag und ein schönes, erfolgreiches, kreatives Jahr 2015.
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arslanalp Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
you have really great works, admired
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nuttycoon Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Alles Gute zum Geburtstag!
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vulpescorax Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Alles Gute zum Geburtstag! Und ein gesundes neues Jahr :)
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Toradh Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Das sind wunderschöne, humorvolle Arbeiten, die du da machst :). Du hast doch bestimmt nichts dagegen, wenn ich selbige stalke?
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pearwood Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
A blessed birthday, Doris.
Steve
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