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Day Six, Like Counting Down to Christmas!

Day six, and this is almost as exciting as counting down to Christmas! And speaking of Christmas, today’s piece is another Christmas themed piece. Titled “Mele Kalikimaka,” this is the result of what happens when you combine Christmas with Hawaii. This 20″ x 16″ painting will embolden any room with its presence, and get the festive holiday Aloha spirit going!

And if a painting is too much, we still have these available as cards. Order a ten pack today. Use promo code “surfsup” to save an extra 25% on this item.

Special $99 Holiday Celebration


Starting on Cyber Monday, in order to clear room in our studio for all of the wonderful new art we will be creating next year, we will be having a special $99 sale on some of our original paintings. Each piece will only be $99 for the day it is featured only. Pay attention both here and on our PaintingForLife.comblog to see the featured painting of the day. Ten days, ten paintings, $99. If you need to start thinking about Christmas gift ideas, be sure to check every day.

Personalized Greeting Cards

It is always enjoyable to create custom artwork for customer’s greeting card needs, both at the holidays, and all year round. We’d like to highlight two successful card designs we just finished for this year’s Christmas celebration. 

University Hospital Liver Transplant Division

This was a custom calendar card we designed. I knew it was going to be a z-fold calendar, and I knew that I wanted the months to be a part of the illustration instead of just an afterthought. The Hospital left the design wide open to my creativity. I brainstormed several ideas before the Hospital chose the orchestra sketch, likening a patient’s holistic care as an orchestration between the patient and his/her team of doctors at University.

After the rough sketch was chosen, I worked on a final sketch for approval. In this case, I worked directly on a primed piece of illustration board. Any changes to the final sketch were made with gesso and an eraser.

Abandoning my traditional Rockwellian style, I chose instead to work in a more light-hearted and modern style, similar to my recent dragon painting. I also limited my palette to browns and reds, which helps give it a more festive feel.


Brenda Speer and Associates, Attorneys at Law

Brenda and her staff are champions of intellectual property rights and have a passion for artists of all disciplines. This will be our fifth year creating custom cards for her office.

Unlike the Hospital, Brenda comes to me with pretty set ideas. Every year they are very creative and it’s always a lot of fun implementing her creativity. Last year the focus was vintage 1950s poster art illustration. This year it was vintage comic book art.


If you are curious about custom cards, the process is simple. It doesn’t matter how complete your idea is, if you have any idea at all. We can accommodate you and your needs right where you are at. And don’t just stick with Christmas. Birthdays and thank-yous are great reasons to send cards as well. For more information, contact us today!

myCreativity Holiday Art Open House

“Visitation”, by Anne Emmons

Art makes memorable gifts for the holiday season: originals, handmade items, limited edition prints, art cards and more!

Come by to see the studio and look through our selection of affordable and unique gifts. Many works under $25.

Make your own ornament or card! Enjoy refreshments and conversation with local artists.

Come and go as you need. We look forward to visiting with you!

Hosted by local artists: Anne Emmons, Benjamin Hummel & Cherish Flieder

When: Saturday, December 8, 2012, 9am to 4pm
Where: myCreativity House
1791 Glen Moor Dr., Lakewood, Colorado 80215

A Custom Holiday Greeting

What makes Painting for Life unique is our ability to work directly with you in creating images that you want for your card, journal, print or any other custom art gift. This year, as many years previous, we were privileged to work with a number of corporations and small businesses in helping them craft very unique and special holiday designs. This year, I want to call out in particular the work we did for Brenda Speer, a trademark and copyrights lawyer, whose works specifically with artists, writers and musicians in helping them protect their works and protect their branding.

The illustrations in this post are the results of the work we did for her in trying to recreate a vintage Christmas. This illustrations were a blast to work on. Thank you, Brenda, for letting us be a part of your holiday celebration.