It's that time of year! That's right, it's time to send out Groundhog Day Cards! I started doing these years ago as the solution to a particular holiday dilemma I kept having. As an artist, I'd always felt kind of pathetic buying Christmas cards to send out (never mind the bit about not actually being Christian), since I knew I could make lovely ones myself; but, December being December, somehow the idea never got off the ground in the seasonal rush. So I decided to do Groundhog Day cards instead. It gives me the entire, non-rushed month of January to do the art, and they provide a patently ridiculous pick-me-up to my friends and family just when they could really use it, right when the reality of winter's long grey trudge is setting in. It's win-win!
And I've been putting up past year's offerings at my Cat and Cauldron shop, if you'd like to participate yourself.
Just a note: if you wish to go whole (ground) hog and decorate the house, the official Groundhog Day color scheme is white or silver (for snow and clouds), yellow or gold (for the sun), sky blue (for the sky, duh), and that sort of medium drab tan, the color of a groundhog's fur. You know, just in case.
Featured above, Marcel Duchamp's visionary Modernist work, Marmotte d'Amérique Montant un Terrier, in English, Groundhog Ascending a Burrow. It caused quite a stir at the Salon, so they say.
Remember, THE GROUNDHOG IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON.