The Arizona Daily Star is presenting 12 days or wrapping paper; each day's paper is by a local artist. Each paper that has been published is downloadable as a PDF that you can print. More will be added as they are published.
Day 12: 'Neon Tucson'
"Neon Tucson" is from a photo essay Presnell did on neon signs in the Old Pueblo. He shot during the early evening when the light was good. “I tried to vary the shots as much as possible, throwing in some long exposures, motion, angles,” says Presnell. “It took the better part of a year. There’s a lot of neon in Tucson.” Website: See his neon project at tucson.com/neon; while there, check out his other photo essays.
Day 11: 'Autumn Abstracts'
“Autumn Abstractions,” acrylic on paper. “It is sort of Monetish in that it is layers and layers of colors applied with a vertical paint brush,” says Wilde, a Tucsonan. Her inspiration for the painting: “Autumn colors and the feeling of autumn in high country.” Website: kathrynwildeimages.com
Day 10: 'Flowering Cactus'
“Flowering Cactus,” 4 by 3 feet, painting on cast paper. “Much of my inspiration comes from the surrounding desert plants, animals and landscapes,” Nelson says. “I was riding my bicycle down Ninth Street and saw this beautiful cactus in bloom. The next day I went back and took a photograph, then used the photo as the basis to carve a relief of the image in clay for the final paper casting.” Website: AlleyArtworks.com
Day 9: David Fitzsimmons
“Rudolph the Red-nosed Javelina had too much eggnog and woke up in a tangle of cholla and Christmas lights,” Fitzsimmons explains. Website: tucson.com/news/opinion/fitz
Day 8: 'Begonia 5'
“Begonia 5,” 12-by-9 inches, acrylic on canvas.
“I did six paintings of my begonia plant because it is so beautiful and interesting,” Brandel says. “The leaves have green fronts with white dots, and magenta and dark red backs. They are very sculptural and interesting to paint and draw.” Website: barbarabrandelartist.com
Day 7: 'Ancient Embellishments'
“Ancient Embellishments,” 75 by 51 inches, oil on canvas with gold leaf. Rogers created this as a mural for the main dining room on Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas. The mural is 27 feet high and 17.5 feet across and is the centerpiece of a three-story room. Website: barbararogersart.com
Day 6: 'Rhapsody in Hues'
“Rhapsody in Hues,” 25 by 49 inches, oil. “As I paint, I turn the canvas around, working each direction until something intriguing captures my attention and then I develop the painting from there,” she says. “I do have intentions of what I would like a piece to look like at the end. This one became more loose with the brushstrokes and the rich collective overlay of oil colors.” Website: studiokgastelum.com
Day 5: Cacti
He turned to his cactus photography for this project. These are not your typical photos of cacti. His pictures are tight close-ups of an isolated portion of the plant against a stark black background, which highlights its bio-symmetry. “I want to make a photo that illustrates a close-up intimacy with the plant,” he says. “The paradox in this is that the cactus, by its own spiny nature, defies intimacy.” Website: Stevenderks.com and gallery801.com.
Day 4: Anniversary
“This wrapping paper design was first published back in 2008,” Bautista says. “I’ve been designing the Arizona Daily Star’s gift wrapping paper for over a decade, so I thought it would be nice to have a 10-year anniversary design for 2018.” Website: facebook.com/chiarabautistaartwork
Day 3: 'LJ13'
“LJ13,” acrylic on canvas, 5-by-4 inches. “This painting is one of an ongoing series I call “Little Jewels,” or “LJs,” she says of the abstract work. She’s done 38 of them thus far. Website: cooperstudio.weebly.com
Day 2: 'Holiday Hummingbird'
“Holiday Hummingbird,” 11 by 14 inches, watercolor. “This piece was designed for someone who loves both Christmas and hummingbirds,” the artist says. Website: creationsbyda.com and creationsbyda.etsy.com