Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas

A sketch by John Tackett Design
for the Small Dining Room of a new house
proposed for Palm Beach, Florida.
The Devoted Classicist
There is a long tradition, over 35 years now, of my making my own holiday greeting cards.  Some have been printed with rubber stamps and one year, the fold-out cards were printed using the diazo process, the ammonia vapor "blue-line" print that was used for architectural drawing reproduction at the time.  There was even a linoleum block print one year.  But by far the most common printing was done by photo-copying my own sketch, using the common Xerox machine and card stock.  Usually, a bit of color was added with felt-tipped watercolor pens.  The image here was colored with Prismacolor pencils with the wreath added to the bust just for illustration of this post of The Devoted Classicist.
Image via MapQuest.
A John Tackett Design project is often the subject illustrated for the cover of the card.  In recent years, however, it has sometimes been an unrealized project.  That commission may have been "put on hold," a status used more often than a definite cancellation.  So, the holiday card illustration was an opportunity to revive an old sketch, with a wreath or Christmas tree added, to get one more chance to spark some interest.  Such is the case this year.

Image via Christian Angle Real Estate.
The scope of the project was to do a preliminary study to build a new house on a vacant waterside lot at 488 Island Drive, on Everglades Island on the Intercoastal Waterway.

Image via Christian Angle Real Estate.
The site is a little over a half-acre with water frontage on two sides.  There are views to the Lake Worth Lagoon and the marina to the north, and to the golf course of the exclusive Everglades Club to the east.  The vacant land is still available, at this writing, and can be yours for $9,975,000.  And if you do decide to buy it, please feel free to contact me.  I have some great ideas for it.

Best wishes to all my Devoted Readers for a very merry Christmas and the happiest New Year ever!

10 comments:

  1. I promise to call if I have the winning numbers for Wednesday's Lottery. keeping fingers and paws crossed. Merry Christmas, dear friend.

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    1. Best wishes, J.C., to you and your family. I'll keep my fingers crossed for your lottery win.

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  2. John

    Beautiful card and post! Very nice lot ! You would do it justice I am certain! Happy Holidays !
    Dean Farris
    Naples, Fla.

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  3. A lovely illustration John! Thank you for bringing us so much beauty all year long and all the best in 2015!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena

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    1. The pleasure is all mine. Thank you Karena.

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  4. The reefed curtains, the Mauny of Paris wallpaper, the late 18c chandelier, the chairs with built-in handles, the table swathed to the floor--- all of it worthy of becoming a realized project. Happy Christmas to our dear Devoted Classicist!

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    1. Thank you, Toby, for being such an exemplary Devoted Reader this year.

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  5. We can appreciate your drawing if not the actual put-on-hold project. I do love your classic style with a light spirited touch.Makes me think of Philippe Jullian somewhat. A very happy new year to you, John, no holds barred!

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    1. I am a big fan of Phillipe Jullian's illustrations, so I gladly accept that connection. Many thanks for your well wishes.

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