Every year around Thanksgiving, I start giving thought to what to do for a holiday card. It’s become a tradition that I’m told people look forward to receiving but over the years it seems that I send out fewer and fewer cards. I used to always send a card to current or prospective clients along with the ones to friends and family but with the slow demise of my illustration business that tradition has faded. The style of card reflected whatever style I was working in at the time.   For the last fourteen years, my son has been my muse for these cards but now that he’s a teenager, images of him sweetly frolicking in the snow no longer seem appropriate. Before my son, it was images of my husband and I or more fanciful images usually done in black and white.   Here is a little gallery of images of Holiday Cards past.

©Janice Fried 1985

©Janice Fried 1985

©Janice Fried 1993

©Janice Fried 1993

©Janice Fried 1994

©Janice Fried 1994

©Janice Fried 1998

©Janice Fried 1998

©Janice Fried 2006

©Janice Fried 2006

©Janice Fried 2009

©Janice Fried 2009

©Janice Fried 2010

©Janice Fried 2010

For the last few years, I’ve threatened not to do one but I always end up doing something despite my threats…so check your mailbox, there may just be some “Joy in the New Year” waiting for you there.