Rodney Matthews and Oliver Wakeman: In the Bleak Midwinter fine art greetings card
A luxury, 150mm square, fine art, soft-textured, heavyweight greetings card with a brilliant-white, soft-textured, gummed envelope.
Made with care in the UK, using an environmentally friendly printing process and FSC approved board (FSC® Mix, also Elemental Chlorine Free, Acid Free, Heavy Metal Absence and Long Life) and paper. To avoid use of cellophane packaging, this card and envelope will be held together securely with a small removable easy peel-off eco-friendly sticker (as pictured).
More about the design
Matthews painted this image as the cover art for a collaborative music project - a new arrangement of the much loved Christmas carol 'In the Bleak Midwinter' - with keyboardist and composer Oliver Wakeman. Painting to the lyrics, Midwinter was very obviously going to be a snow scene, but of all the snow images Matthews has produced, this is the only one that actually depicts snowfall! He chose a medieval setting, with a village and a towering church building. Remembering his trips to Scotland with his Scottish wife Sarah, he decided the creatures in this wintry scene would be a couple of "Heilan coos" - that's "Highland cows" to the rest of us. Of course in true Matthews style there are a couple of twists - the horns are slightly exaggerated with barbs, and the heavy tails would in reality belong to yaks.