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The Tantalizing Void: Whisker Violin Edition

Dear Artiphans, The most famous rivalry in the pet world may be that between cat and dog...but the (sometimes fatal) tension between cat and bird is a far more complex one: full of temptation, dramatic escapes, feather and fur. John’s “Whisker Violin” is a prolific image. Over the years, it’s made its way from the front of a greeting card, to the joker of our Kitten Club pack of cards, to the sides of a mug, to the fabric of a tea towel. It comes in black and white, in full color, in a wash of blue. Why is this image so versatile? Is it the tiny hats on the birds’ little heads (some of which are really quite jaunty)?...

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Journal of a Peripatetic Painter

Hey Artiphans, John Littleboy here, Artiphany's Artist-in-Chief. In the past 8 months, I’ve set up my work desk in Paris (Les Batignolles 17 Arr.), Tunisia (4 locations including Mahdia and Tunis), Portugal (Aveiro, Lisbon), Boston (Somerville, Milton, Back Bay, Cambridge), Philadelphia, New York, and California (Sunnyvale, Mt View, Los Altos Hills). One bag with my paints, laptop, a scanner, and some clothes was all I wanted to carry. I hadn't intended to go to many places or stay away so long but after untethering myself from the familiar, I realized how much I missed wandering. It all began, this year of travel, because a great friend of mine and his wife had been urging me to visit them in Tunisia. I told them I...

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The Tantalizing Void: Love Story Edition

Dear Artiphans,  Whatever your thoughts on Valentine’s Day and whichever way you choose to celebrate (or not to celebrate) the holiday, February 14th still provides the perfect excuse to think about our loved ones...to get a bit giddy over grand gestures and good, old fashioned romance. Love stories weave in and out of the Artiphany ‘characterverse’, from invertebrate affairs to cat couples and doggy dates. Of course they do, because John’s illustrated animal kingdom is a reflection of our own world, our own personalities, our own hopes and dreams. Or, as John explains, “Depicting these animals in a fashion that communicates affection or any emotion has more to do with observing human beings than animals.” “These pictures are a subtle...

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First Look: John's New Bird Deck of Cards, "Popinjay"

Dear Artiphans, John is working on a new project: a deck of bird-inspired playing cards which is scheduled to be completed and available for our customers in the spring. Today, we’re sharing a behind-the-scenes story about this work-in-progress, from inspiration to execution. The idea for John’s new deck has been brewing for sometime, and finally became a fully fledged endeavor late last year, when a little birdie whispered in John’s ear (or rather, inbox) that there were bird-lovers out there who’d be mighty interested in a pack dedicated to their flighty friends, and would gobble it up if it was made. So, the intrepid artist set to work...and quickly realized the task was not as simple as he had imagined....

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Watch John Draw Artiphany's Favorite Holiday Characters

Dear Artiphans,  It's not often that we get to peer inside the creative process of artists. Usually, the final product is what counts, and the rest remains a secret. ("Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!") That's why we wanted to share with you how John crafts his holiday characters. And we wanted to share this not through words (like the rest of our 'Tantalizing Void' series), but instead through a video of the artist at work.  Snail mail is our favorite kind of mail. And while the holidays are sometimes a heachache (*thank you champagne toasts*), this season of merrymaking brings about a tradition that we at Artiphany still hold dear: sending out cards to thank the...

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