This year there are two Christmas card designs available, both of course with a dog theme.
The “12 Dogs of Christmas” has made a comeback, as it sold out last year and it is joined by “The Howling Dogs of Christmas” – a new design featuring my watercolour drawings of howling dogs.
The Howling Dogs of Christmas Card
It’s printed on thick, textured card and comes with a festive metallic silver envelope.
Half the profits go to Hearing Dogs (for deaf people) and The Cinnamon Trust (who help the elderly and terminally ill keep their pets with them, when they may otherwise have to give them up).
Watercolour drawing detail of Howling Dogs Christmas Card
I’m not sure what the Hearing Dogs did with their share last year, but I got a lovely letter from The Cinnamon Trust who used their donation to help buy memory foam beds for 2 large, arthritic dogs.
Watercolour dog detail of Howling Dogs Christmas Card
Here’s a reminder of last year’s “12 Dogs of Christmas” card, which is also available again this year.
12 Dogs of Christmas Card
Cards are sold in packs of 10 for £10 from The Enlightened Hound’s website
There are 2 new breeds in the Dog Tag series of prints by The Enlightened Hound. I say ‘breeds’ though neither the Labradoodle or Lurcher is considered a recognised breed – both being classed as a crossbreed. These technicalities however aren’t generally important to Labradoodle or Lurcher owners, who love them to bits regardless!
Each one is hand printed on a traditional etching press.
Labradoodles are enormously popular family pets. They love to work and are eager to please. They are true companion dogs and thrive best with their people, delighting in being stroked and petted. Many of them are pretty smart and enjoy outwitting their owners – just for fun!
Labradoodle Print Detail
Labradoodle Print Unframed
Labradoodle print in reclaimed wood frame
In the Middle Ages only nobility were allowed to own purebred dogs but accidental crossbreeds of these nobility owned sighthounds were snapped up by the commoners (peasants and gypsies) as stealth poaching dogs, who hunted by scent and sight to put meat for the cooking pot on the table. Rabbit and hares were the usual quarry and hunting usually took place at night.
Lurcher Print Detail
Lurcher Print Unframed
Lurchers are the perfect combination of intelligence, speed, agility, hardiness, temperament & trainability. It was essential that the purebred Greyhound hunting instinct was tempered so that the dogs could be stopped from chasing prey if someone was watching. The penalty for detection was death, so dogs had to be loyal, trainable and live out of sight in the family home.
Lurcher print in reclaimed wood frame
Hand printed individually on an etching press, both prints are available from The Enlightened Hound
I was approached by Dutch weekly magazine Libelle to do some illustrations in the style of my Quintessentially British print, for a special London themed issue of their magazine .
The first one was to accompany an article about all the things we have to do in the course of our daily lives, such as washing and ironing, shopping, gardening, walking the dog etc.
Following the style of my Quintessentially British print, I combined vintage retro illustrations with hand drawn letters in a limited colour palette.
The second illustration was to do with London and some of the things that a visitor might like to see and do in the city.
The third illustration was a little more challenging as it was related to fashion… the challenge was to keep the vintage feel of the illustrations but without looking out of date with current fashion trends.
Really enjoyed this brief and being pushed to take an existing piece of work to a new level.