Cartoons for the holiday
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This year I combined a recipe with cartoons. As you read the steps of my father’s recipe for latkes, the traditional fried potato pancakes eaten at Hanukkah, the cartoons tell a story. Like all holidays, this story involves food and family.
And my string of wallpaper designs continues with a Hanukkah pattern. It is made from the pieces that make up Hanukkah – food, games and love.
“Ah lichtige Hanukkah”, a bright and wonderful Hanukkah to all!
Try your hand at some latkes if you’ve never had them, they’re great!
A Hanukkah guide
see my earlier Hanukkah cartoon for the story of the holiday
menorah-The candle holder for the lights of Hanukkah. An additional candle is added each night until you have 8 on the last night.
dreidel-a traditional Hannukah game played with a spinning top
gelt-foil wrapped chocolate coins eaten at Hanukkah Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2014 Steve Wallet
A Thanksgiving card for my Dad.
I had so much fun making my Halloween wallpaper that I made this Thanksgiving wallpaper. It’s decorated with some of the things I’m thankful for, including the food we enjoy at our vegetarian Thanksgiving meal.
Below are some of the individual sketches that went into making the wallpaper.
Happy Thanksgiving to all my United States readers! Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2014 Steve Wallet
Many small Midwestern towns have historic but derelict train stations on long unused rail lines. The station and tracks tend to be poorly located in the towns because the commercial centers have moved since the stations were originally built. Today, if they exist at all, the old depots are disconnected urban fragments.
This proposal, conceived of and designed by James B Guthrie, AIA of the Miletus Group, illustrates how they can be transformed to become assets that weave a town back together.
In this design, the historic train station is relocated, placed alongside a second set of abandoned tracks in a central location next to Main Street. The restored depot becomes a gateway to the town and the central business district. The station houses retail shops, a cafe and a railroad and history museum. Restored rolling stock is placed on the tracks next to the station as part of the new train museum. The old rail lines and railroad right-of-way become a linear park, pedestrian and bike trail that connects to similar trails in the region. The station serves as a trail head.
I made these renderings with James to illustrate the possibilities of this concept:
.connecting currently fragmented parts of the town Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2014 Steve Wallet
.connecting the town to its history
.creating a gateway to the town
.creating a center for community activity with the permanent shops and museum as well as events such as farmers’ markets and performances.
Just for fun, and to prove to myself that I can make a cartoon about ANYTHING, I made these cartoons about us changing our clocks yesterday. This is something we do twice a year, ahead an hour in spring when we go on Daylight Savings Time, and back an hour in the fall when we go back to regular time. No one seems to know why we do this. Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2014 Steve Wallet
It’s my annual Halloween cartoon extravaganza!
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In our feature cartoon Lisa tries on various costumes before hitting on the perfect one.
Bromeliads , mentioned in the first cartoon panel, are one of Lisa’s favorite plants.
In the background is my first attempt at wallpaper – a detail is below the cartoon. It is appropriately Halloween themed, an endlessly repeating pattern of Halloween doodles.
In the second cartoon Our Cat, who is not quite clear on the concept of Halloween, tries his hand at trick-or-treating – with mixed results.
Happy Halloween to all! Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2014 Steve Wallet