Christmas In July or December?

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Sure I know the answer :). Yet for me Christmas started practically in July this year. Those days I was painting snow and holiday themes for the book Bernard Goes To Music School. The illustrations were fun to paint. 

In these artworks, the story goes to the times when kids had to say bye to the teacher for their holiday break:
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And then our protagonist Bernard went home to celebrate:

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But something happened at the table after dinner. Of course, I will hold myself from telling in order not to spill the beans. I couldn’t reveal in July that I was “working” on Christmas; but, I am so happy that by the real Christmas time I can share if not the story then the art from the book I’ve illustrated ūüôā

Those days there was a lot of snow settling in my studio.

Daddy and Bernard walked the snowy streets to the Music School when behind my window there were flowers blooming under 94 degree sunshine:
And then they went home from the school into the cold Toronto Winter:
Brrr, it makes me cold just think about them walking through that blizzard!!!

Together we made it to the real Holidays, and now, in December, I can happily say that the book has seen the bookshelves right on time, and it will make a great holiday gift for the kids whose parents enjoy spending time and reading good encouraging stories together. 

Happy Holidays Season To Everyone!!! 

Merry Christmas!!

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Merry Christmas To All,
To All A Good Time!! 

Watercolorful Fireworks – Happy New Year And Lovely Holidays!

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Cheers and best wishes to ALL in the new Year 2014. 
I am forever grateful for a productive, interesting, and¬†unforgettable passing year. At some point it did feel that I had 2013 things to do; but step by step, I did it…

I have done many great artful things this year:
Painted and exhibited
Studied and taught
Sold art and bought art
Inspired by traveling in the US and abroad
Published a book and got published
Met many cool artists
 Volunteered for an art organization
Created! Created! Created!

I can only hope to have the next year as exciting as this one :0)

Happy New Year to All!
And for my family and friend in Russia, where they celebrate Christmas on January 7th, 2014
Merry Christmas:

In Every Piece Of My Art There Is A Piece Of My Heart And A Sparkle Of My Soul