This year's Christmas card was inspired by a woodcut by Lyonel Feininger. So, a word about him.
When I was about seventeen, I saw a slide of a Feininger painting in an art class, and for some reason it completely knocked my socks off. This was the painting:
Well, then, for the next ten years or so, I became obsessed with Feininger's architecturally-inspired landscape paintings. One of my own earliest paintings was an attempt to copy his work.
I even wrote about Feininger in my comics. Here is a page from The Drawing Book that talks about people who changed their names (a subject much on my mind in about 2000).