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Illustrator Decorates His Tree, Wishes Everyone A Merry Christmas!

December 23, 2013

It takes a lot of time and effort to decorate a tree, but I think it’s worth it… : )BlankVertSpace.4pixelsBlankVertSpace.8pixels

Merry Christmas to all my wonderful friends, fans, and followers! I can’t begin to tell you how much I appreciate all your good humor and support– thank you.

I know we all have different beliefs and faith traditions. If you’re celebrating a different holiday, I wish you great joy and abiding peace!

guy with beard marooned on desert island, scattered fish bones, box labeled Christmas Decorations, has placed single Christmas ornament on palm tree, Merry Christmas from Mark Armstrong Illustration, God bless us everyone

Here’s a detail image. Look at that beard. Old Santa would be proud… : )detail image from guy with beard marooned on desert island, scattered fish bones, box labeled Christmas Decorations, has placed single Christmas ornament on palm tree, Merry Christmas from Mark Armstrong Illustration, God bless us everyone

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Did you notice how the Tiny Tim fish is keeping his distance from the boneyard?

Did you realize that New Hampshire, USA (where I live) is just a tiny island?

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43 Comments leave one →
  1. December 23, 2013 9:45 PM

    Merry Christmas to you and yours, Mark, and the happiest of new years!

    (Shouldn’t Tiny Tim fish have a cane?)


    • December 29, 2013 4:59 PM


      When I read your quip about the TT fish needing a cane, I laughed so hard I rolled off the island!! You’re absolutely right, of course, that fish has now lost all credibility!! : )

      Thanks for all your kind wishes and support, sir. A slightly belated but emphatic Merry Christmas to you and yours, and best wishes for much happiness in the coming year!


  2. December 23, 2013 10:17 PM

    Merry Christmas, Mark, to you and your lovely wife, and Happy New Year. Keep these delightful illustrations a-comin’.


    • December 29, 2013 5:01 PM

      Thanks a heap, Judy! With a true pal like you in my corner, I know I shall never lack for either smiles or inspiration!! : )


  3. December 23, 2013 11:37 PM

    Could that be Tom Hanks (from Castaway)?


    • December 28, 2013 9:29 PM

      Umm… probably not. Otherwise he woulda hung a soccer ball on the tree… : )

      Merry Christmas, my dear fellow!!


      • December 29, 2013 1:54 AM

        Haha, yep, that’s probably true.

        My Christmas was good. How was yours? Happy New Year!


        • December 29, 2013 6:00 PM

          I had a very nice Christmas, Jak, glad to hear you had the same.

          Good luck with the surgery tomorrow, will definitely be praying for you.

          Wishing you and yours improved health in 2014, courage when needed, and happiness and laughter in abundance! : )


        • December 29, 2013 10:20 PM

          I appreciate that you remembered, Mark. I’m still nervous. I’ll let you know how it goes, especially how interesting New Year’s Eve will be!


  4. December 24, 2013 1:15 AM

    I enjoyed this post very much 🙂 I wish you and your family all the happiness in the world! and have a wonderful New year too! mmwahhhh … See you next year! 🙂 xoxo


    • December 28, 2013 9:34 PM

      Thank you, my dear Dolly!! My new year’s resolutions are very simple: eat more donuts, take better care of my teeth, and buy more Toothsome-brand chocolate-flavored dental floss… : )


  5. December 24, 2013 5:13 AM

    Merry Christmas Mark!


    • December 28, 2013 9:35 PM

      Thank you, Dean! Hope you had a Jolly Yule, here’s wishing you much joy, laughter, and success in 2014!!


  6. December 24, 2013 5:51 AM

    Republicou isso em Aud D'Angelo.


  7. December 24, 2013 6:54 AM

    Merry Christmas!!!


    • December 28, 2013 9:57 PM

      Merry Christmas, Dawn! Hope Santa brought you some new art supplies– keep on sketchin’!! : )


  8. Mia Moravis permalink
    December 24, 2013 8:02 AM



    • December 28, 2013 10:00 PM

      Thank you, my dear Mia! A very Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday to you! Wishing you much happiness and success in 2014, both on and off the stage!! : )


  9. December 24, 2013 1:16 PM

    If only it was that hot! Merry Xmas!! Have a jolly Christmassy day Mark! : )


    • December 28, 2013 10:12 PM

      But I thought it was always sunny and 80°F in jolly olde England! Oh, well– maybe next year… : )

      Merry Christmas, Annie!!


  10. December 24, 2013 3:24 PM

    Merry Christmas Mark! … and just so you know, Santa left bountiful treats under my tree for others!


    • December 29, 2013 5:10 PM

      Thanks, Frank! Hope ol’ Mr. Kringle left you a few treats as well– ’cause you certainly deserve ’em! I’ll be thinking of you when I hear merry bells ringing in the New Year– wishing you a great one, sir!! : )


  11. December 24, 2013 10:07 PM

    Merry Christmas, my dear friend!

    All the best to you and your loved ones in Year 2014!

    Cheers~ 😀


    • December 29, 2013 5:18 PM

      Many thanks! And a slightly belated but heartfelt Merry Christmas to you and Mr. Kerby! You are good influences, and I wish you both much happiness in 2014!! : )


      • January 3, 2014 9:55 AM

        You’re welcome, my friend!

        Thank you so much for your lovely blessings and sweet encouragement in this reply!

        Be blessed, always~ Cheers!! 😀


  12. December 25, 2013 5:36 PM

    That is a very wise fish and he better warn his friends too – this guy has got plans for them!!!!
    Best Christmas card I’ve ‘received’!!! Thank you, Mark!
    One tradition we have here in Greece is waking up on Christmas eve [and New Year’s eve] by little children singing carols [and getting a tip for it!]. What we enjoy immensely with my husband is listening to the trip of their voices as they climb up [we’re on 3rd floor and each floor has 2 apartments – so by the time they reach us, we have recorded their [usually out of tune] voices 4 times! That’s when we let our friendly 4-legged companion to greet them with wagging tail and a coin [or paper note – depending on their tuning] on her nose! Next year it will be more fun because we are moving in to a new apartment [in 2-3 weeks – already packing] on the 5th floor [3# on each, which means a min of 12 times each!!!]
    Happy Christmas and Boxing day [if you have one] or simply, second day of Christmas and most beautiful holidays! 🙂
    Bah bah!!!! 🙂


    • December 29, 2013 5:54 PM

      Alas! It’s not good to be a fish, when the only thing on the menu is seafood… : P

      What a lovely Christmas and New Year’s tradition! I can almost hear those wonderful, off-key voices getting closer and closer. Then they’re right outside the door. Suddenly, there’s a gasp, and a child’s voice rings out: “Look!! Here comes a dog with money taped to its nose– hurrah!!”

      Well, it all sounds pretty exciting to me… : )

      Good luck with the new apartment!! Now that really sounds exciting! Hope it’s big, with lots of room for canvases and recording equipment!! : )

      Thank you for that very kind Christmas wish, my dear Marina, and for sharing that lovely tradition. Hope you had a joyful Christmas, and I wish you much happiness and success in 2014!! Bah, bah, from your favorite black sheep!! : )


      • December 29, 2013 6:01 PM

        Baaah bah baaaaahhhhh….. bah!
        Our aim -as expected- was to rent the Notre Dame, but alas, it was not available. Bah baaaaaaahhhhhhh!!!!
        “Bah Bah ah ah bah bah’ [trans: you are very welcome!]


      • December 29, 2013 6:03 PM



        • December 29, 2013 9:22 PM

          Thank you for translating, my dear Lambie-Pie! It saves me having to go out and buy a Bah-English dictionary!! : )


        • December 30, 2013 5:57 PM

          Bah baaaaaaahh b b bahhhh [:anytime!] 🙂


  13. December 25, 2013 7:53 PM

    Hi – Merry Christmas and great illustration. I can’t help but see the relevance of it to my situation this year!


    • December 29, 2013 5:22 PM

      Ha! Yes, Desert Island Walking– I think I see the connection! And I’m glad to know your island is a bit bigger than the one that’s home to Mark Armstrong Illustration!! : )

      A pleasure to meet you, Matt, and I wish you a very happy and, uh, blister-free new year!! : )


  14. December 25, 2013 9:01 PM

    I wish you are having a very happy Merry Christmas, Mark! Is there any chicken turkey left for me? LOL


    • December 29, 2013 5:25 PM

      Ha!! Yes, my dear Inge, I have some leftover turkey for you! Tell you what: I’ll send you a picture of the sliced turkey, complete with gravy and sausage stuffing, and you send me back a picture of the empty plate!! : )

      Hope you had a lovely Christmas, Inge– I wish you much happiness and laughter in 2014!! : )


      • December 30, 2013 5:56 PM

        LOL…that’s a good idea by exchanging pictures, lol.

        Wish you much happiness and success in 2014, Mark! Thanks for having brought lots of laughter in 2013! 🙂


  15. Jean-Paul permalink
    December 26, 2013 4:08 AM

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year my friend 🙂


    • December 29, 2013 9:36 PM

      Joyeux Noël et une Heureuse Nouvelle Année, mon ami– et à vos Saint Nicolas velu, aussi!! : )


  16. December 26, 2013 5:36 PM

    I love it Mark, always love your posts! Hope you had a beautiful Christmas! Wishing you a joyful, peaceful and fulfilling 2014!!
    Much love. 🙂


    • December 29, 2013 9:41 PM

      Thank you, my dear Seyi! Your lovely comments are like sugarplums in my Christmas stocking– yum!

      Wishing you a slightly belated but heartfelt Merry Christmas, and a new year filled with happiness, success, and many blessings!! : )


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