It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Sadly, I just don’t get time to post here these days with “Collect Ireland”, “Irish Postcards”, “Art For Art’s Sake” and “Irish Movie Madness” becoming increasingly busy, but there’s always time for the annual Christmas indulgence!

During the year I have been buying Christmas themed paintings for an ongoing project – more of which another day – and I have used two of these for my 2016 cards. The Choirboy card was created using original Christmas card artwork from the long defunct firm of Arthur Burkart & Co., London, and the snowy church scene is from a 1920/30s card purchased from an American eBay dealer. As usual they were printed by Vistaprint and the quality of printing is quite outstanding.


The Christmas indulgence again!

Christmas draws near and I’m still above ground so it’s time for my favourite fetish…

This year my card cost very little but it took quite a long time and a fair bit of searching to track down a suitable picture. Several false starts and then this superb watercolour popped up on eBay.

eBay Mandara

As you can see, it cost a pittance, but I did have to set the alarm for 3.00am to get up to bid for it! A small amount of editing on Vistaprint’s user friendlywebsite and voilà. I haven’t been able to find out a thing about the artist but he is, of course, credited inside the card.

Vistaprint card

I have been too busy elsewhere to post on this blog during 2015 but hope to get back to it next year – in the meantime don’t forget to check out my new Irish Postcard site.

Happy Christmas everybody!


Christmas and another excuse to indulge myself.

Christmas means one thing for me – a new card – to prove that there’s life in the old dog yet. This year as the Festive Season approached I was struggling to find a suitable image for the card when I stumbled on the charming work of English artist Mark Wakefield.

Mark is an ex.coal miner turned artist who sells his work on eBay under the name wren9180 and is well worth checking out. A gentleman to deal with, Mark was more than happy to let me use his painting for my 2014 Christmas card and I’m sure you will agree the result is very pleasing. As usual Vistaprint produced a high quality product in double quick time. Not cheap but very satisfying.

Christmas Card 1 (2) - Copy


Mark’s Facebook page is here