Card“Festive Landscape”

21 x 42 cm – Prismacolor pencils on pastel board

As part of my support for the Menzies Research Institute Tasmania, I have designed a Christmas Card for their annual ‘The Art of Christmas’, a fund-raiser that will be held at their headquarters in Hobart, on Thursday, October 17th. A group of Tasmanian artists will offer paintings and cards for sale. it’s a great event for a very worthy organisation and I am proud to be a supporter.

When designing such a card it’s important to ‘know’ your audience. The card must appeal to as many people as possible as it’s all about selling enough cards to support the work of the dedicated Menzies research team.

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Sadly, not everyone holds a ‘traditional’ view of Christmas these days, so it’s important to consider both the ‘Christian’ and ‘secular’ groups. I have designed a card that I hope will satisfy both – a landscape with a subtle inclusion of Christian imagery.  The photos above show the card design’s development. I wanted something cheerful, landscape-based, with a hint of the occasion. What do you think?

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  1. I would like you to describe the Christian imagery more please. I clicked on the pic to try to make it bigger but couldn’t. I can see the Star of Bethlehem, but what else have you used. I think there is more to the story here.

    • artkleko says:

      I have only included the Star of Bethlehem Tanya. A decorated tree and some baubles on some others are ‘festive’ additions. I wanted a single symbol to be a powerful reminder of God’s spirit.
      Despite what the majority of the population believe, Jesus is the reason for the season!

  2. gerryart says:

    It looks great Richard – very well done 🙂

  3. It has a nice Australian feel Richard!

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