I've created two 2021 calendars. Each offers a year's worth of wall art. Here you'll find a bit of backstory, plus all 24 images and plant IDs. Get 20% off through March 31 with discount code CS20THANKYOU.
The great thing about calendars is they...
- Make thoughtful, informal holiday gifts
- Can arrive well into January
- Say "you're special" to colleagues, hosts, family, friends and neighbors
- Don't cause recipients to feel obligated
- Are useful and appreciated all year long.
2021 SUCCULENT WATERCOLOR CALENDAR
I try to do a succulent watercolor calendar every year. People tell me they collect them and even frame favorite paintings (the reproduction quality is that good).
Watercolor expresses the plants' beauty in fresh and engaging ways. Like photography, watercolor is all about light (it comes from the white of the paper). It's as much about what you don't paint as what you do. And because deadlines help me get things done, a calendar means I'll do at least 12 paintings a year.
New for 2021: Cactus Photo Calendar
I have numerous photos that show how astonishingly beautiful cactus can be, so this year, for the first time, I created a Cactus Photo Calendar. It's getting so much notice, I'm wondering if I should simply do photo calendars from now on. But then, I might never pick up a brush!
Not to mention painting is a glorious excuse to spend hours listening to great speakers. (Ted Talks, of course, and I've become a fan of a New York pastor who's known as a modern-day C.S. Lewis: Tim Keller.)
Have you found unexpected benefits to staying home? Started a hobby? Have book or podcast recommendations? Share in the comments!
The price for a standard 8-1/2 x 11, 12-month calendar is $22.15. They're sold through Zazzle, an online fulfillment company that gives artists 10% of the sales price as "royalty." It sounds paltry, but all we have to do is plug images into a template and post the item for sale. Zazzle's daily discounts may range from 10% to 60% (look for the code and enter it at time of purchase). There's no predicting Zazzle discounts, but they tend to have great deals on Black Friday. To that add sales tax and shipping, which depend on where you live or are having the item sent.
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2021 Calendar Images
Is there really an easy way to paint watercolors? Yes, if you go straight to painting and don’t spend time laboriously drawing the image first. I learned the technique described here from San Diego watercolor artist Diane Palley McDonald. Step by step: Select a photo that inspires you. Print the photo on 8-1/2 by 11 paper.…
Every year I create a calendar so I have to do a dozen watercolors. Painting is a cherished hobby, but—maybe you can relate?—I need a deadline to do it. In August, I hadn’t picked up a brush for nearly a year and had lots to relearn.