This illustration is inspired by my daughter, who has led the way in our family tradition of celebrating the winter solstice as part of our advent. It is also inspired by witnessing my grandchildren’s sense of wonder and delight in the myths of the season.
Each year, we parade our lanterns through the night, bringing light to our neighbors on the darkest day. We return to a warm hearth, simple treats, and a home filled with sparkling candles. It is a celebration I look forward to almost more than Christmas Day!
My illustration of the Merry Little Elf has brought delight to many over time. I was so happy that Love & Tea Co. chose him to accompany their Christmas tea blend! He travels far and wide, carrying in his knapsack yummy tea to celebrate the winter season. I hope you will invite him into your home, and fill your heart–and your tea cup–with warmth and good cheer.
This delicious tea is blended by hand in a small Vermont homestead, and is made with 100% organic peppermint, sarsaparilla root, cinnamon clove, ginger root, orange peel, nutmeg, cardamom, goji berries, cocoa, vanilla bean powder, and honey granules.
The Merry Little Elf and Love & Tea’s Holiday Cheer blend
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Colored pencil, india ink, and acrylic on illustration board
This drawing represents mutual reverence. It was featured as the packaging art for Love and Tea’s genmaicha in 2011.
Colored pencil and pastel on paper.
The Cranes find sanctuary at Matheur Widlife Refuge. I sit in quiet with them and am thankful that they tolerate my presence. There is a moment when my human self falls away. I am the crane, I am the flock.