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Seven Swans a Swimming by saylem Seven Swans a Swimming by saylem

Happy December! Here is my Christmas Card for 2016! Still plugging away at my commitment to do the 12 Days of Christmas each year. Lord willing, I will finish all 12. But for now, I present the Seven Swans a Swimming! I decided to go with Emily again this year along with her steadfast sweetheart, Roderick. When dealing with the topic of swans, I wanted to keep this edition sweet and elegant. Next year is Eight Maids a Milking so I might go a more comedic route then! Haha! I have no clue what to do with that!  :D i do feel like I have improved since my first one in 2010!!!  :happybounce: 

The Seven Swans a Swimming represent the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit: Romans 12:6-8

 6 Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith; 7 if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching; 8 or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

I hope you all have a beautiful time with family and friends as well as a bright New Year! Thank you all for the support and for taking a look! I really do appreciate it! :happybounce: Hug Huggle! I think I've fainted. Love I am a dummy! Clap 

NOW SING!

Six Geese a Laying by saylem 
6 Geese a Laying - 2015

Five Golden Rings by saylem 5 Golden Rings - 2014

Four Colly Birds by saylem 4 Calling Birds - 2013
Three French Hens by saylem 3 French Hens - 2012
Two Turtle Doves by saylem 2 Turtle Doves - 2011

A Partridge in a Peartree by saylem and a Partridge in a Pear Tree - 2010

Characters from Penn's Woods belong to me. :) 
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TheBrassGlass Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2016  Professional General Artist
SO gorgeous! :heart: I love the colors especially, and nice work on the  swans; you made them so beautiful. ^___^
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saylem Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! Love Love Love  Swans were soooorta fun to draw, but alas, they are still birds and are challenging for me LOL! 
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AgentDax Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2016  Hobbyist
always good to see your christmas cards!!

Roderick and Emily look so lovely<3
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saylem Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awww!!!!! I'm so happy you like them!!! I really love doing this every year. Last year's almost didn't happen but somehow I got it duuuun! 

I ship them! Heart Heart Heart 
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AgentDax Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2016  Hobbyist
i ship them tooooo <333
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RatPrince Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2016
Really lovely! What a great tradition :)
I really like your artistic style; it's very distinctive!
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saylem Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Daaww! Thank you so so much! Yeah, I still have a few years to go! haha! Sweating a little... 
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InkyRose Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yay!! Another gorgeous illustration!! I have missed your artwork I must say and I really ship these two! (I'm a brunette with green eyes who likes tall dark men in regency wear so no wonder I'm biased!)
I love the way that the swans appear to be almost swimming out of the frame, your grasp of perspective is spot on! I really like all the little ripples around them too, it's a gorgeous added detail.
Roderick and Emily look so happy here, and I love the tenderness of their pose too, it speaks of contentment and hope.
Great work! :D
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saylem Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aaaawww!!! Yay!!! I'm so happy you are still watching! Yeah, I'll admit that my production level in the art department has been pretty sparse the last few years. Lots of life stuff, good and bad. But all is well with this soul! Heart 

Haha the swans were fun - I had never actually draw swans before so it was a fun exercise! I'm glad they (sorta) turned out! :D 

Rod and Em are cute together. Let's hope she doesn't blow it with him! LOL! 
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Anastasiy Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
The colors are great, amazing atmosphere!!
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saylem Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww That is so good to hear! Thank you so so much!!! :happybounce: :happybounce: Hug Heart 
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2016
I look forward to a new addition in your Christmas series each December! :holly:
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saylem Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww!! Thank you so much for your support all these years! Even when I was on hiatus! Heart Heart Heart Hug 
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Sleyf Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great colours, and I love the way you made the outline of the swan's feathers blue for variation
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saylem Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww! Thank you! I really enjoyed playing with the colors so much! :happybounce: 
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Sleyf Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! I never tried it myself but always wanted to give it a go
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