Thursday, December 8, 2011

Santa Claus is Coming To Town, You better watch out!

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

You better watch out 
You better not cry
Better not pout
I'm telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town

He's making a list
And checking it twice;
Gonna find out Who's naughty and nice
Santa Claus is coming to town

He sees you when you're sleeping
He knows when you're awake
He knows if you've been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake!

O! You better watch out!
You better not cry
Better not pout
I'm telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town

"Santa Claus is coming to town"

"Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" (sometimes with Coming changed to Comin') is a Christmas song. It was written by J. Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie, and was first sung on Eddie Cantor's radio show in November 1934. It became an instant hit with orders for 100,000 copies of sheet music the next day and more than 400,000 copies sold by Christmas.

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"I love to collect and draw Santa's. When I was a kid, my Uncle Steve would call and pretend to be Santa. My sisters and I absolutlely believed it was Santa and that he was checking his list to see if we'd been good. Artwork below was inspired by my Uncle Steve"

"Santa's Checking his list. . ."
5x7 watercolor, artist: Darcy Gerdes
Christmas Cards

Available in your choice of paper stock--High quality, chlorine and acid free matte paper consisting of 30% post consumer waste and 50% total recycled fiber--Twelve point, one-sided glossy paper--20 per package/envelopes included--Measures 4.25" X 5.5


Thanks for stopping by... Happy Holidays, Darcy

    "Art is a Pigment Of Your Imagination"

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© 2011 Darcy Gerdes, Flying Pigment Studio

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

"Story of the Rescue" by Janice Toepfer

"Story of the Rescue" by Janice Toepfer, owner of the bike that I used to sketch & paint "Crow Spirit"

She said it was love at first sight. Well, she is a kind soul and looks past the obvious.

I was derelict and unable to get myself off the side of a barn in an apple orchard I had been living in for quite some time.
The woman I had been living with just couldn’t get me going and wanted a divorce. “I will find you a good woman who will love, inspire and care for you,” she reassured. I sat silent for months waiting for “that woman” to rescue me.
Early one cold January morning many years ago, a truck pulled onto the dirt road and backed up next to the barn. The cold keeps people in their beds longer in the winter, so in the quiet and solitude, she got out of her truck and started to hunt for me.
She looked weary from driving all night through snow, rain and hail. In jeans and a black leather jacket, she quietly searched the barn. The dog, Flea, gave her away. Flea is a nasty little thing always pissing on me. Alerted, the woman came out in her bathrobe and asked her inside.
first sketch

I had been moved up beside the house, silent and shabby and waiting. She came up the walk and smiled and ran her hand across my back as she passed and went inside. The woman told the story of my demise and the divorce and all the other sordid details. She listened, then quietly laid out hundred dollar bills on a table and shook the woman’s hand. I had been rescued.

My life changed dramatically that morning. I now live in California away from the cold. She had the best in their field give me back my youth and vigor. I wear leathers made in England embedded with silver conches from New Mexico. People comment that I am positively dashing. I turn heads and stop traffic. Everyone wants to talk about me and I am now rather famous.
work in progress . . .

My portrait was painted at Flying Pigment Studios and can be seen on that web site. I have been in parades, worshipped in Laughlin Nevada, vacationed in Monterey and Yosemite and lovingly cared for since that cold January morning. I am now proud to represent my Milwaukee birthplace. At fifty-nine-years-old, life is somewhat bittersweet as she ages gracefully, yet I remain timeless. “You will always have a good woman who will love, inspire and care for you,” she reassures. I trust she will.

Written By: Janice Toepfer

 I have known Jan since high school. We party now & then . . . lol!

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Crow Spirit, 1949 WL Flathead Harley Davidson, 24x36" giclee canvas print

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