Salud y Happy Days by Ginny Schmidt

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Decades ago, there was a TV station in the Tampa Bay area that had a late night movie hosted by Las Novedades Restaurant. The station went off the air when the movie was over and, every night, the man from the restaurant would toast the viewing audience with “Salud y happy days.” With his accent it sounded more like “hoppy dez” but I’ve never forgotten him, and it still remains my favorite toast.

So next time you uncork a bottle of vino, take time to swirl and inhale and, with that first warm sip, think of me and say Salud.

This image was created from scratch in PhotoShop and was inspired by a holiday oriented ad on TV depicting a party in a home with a fireplace. There was a close up of someone raising a glass, backlit by the fire. Something about the shot captivated me, so I froze the picture and quickly sketched the outlines for the drawing. Once the basic image was set down, I laid in the color and texture and, as they say, voila … unless you’re a Brit, then it would be “Bob’s your uncle!”

As of 28 May 2011, view count is 843.

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  • Keith Russell
    Keith Russellover 6 years ago

    nice effect

  • Mark German
    Mark Germanover 6 years ago

    Very cool, Ginny. I like the simple lines and retro-pop feel :)

  • Thank you, son … I am always especially
    happy to do something cool for you : )

    – Ginny Schmidt

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsover 6 years ago

    Ginny, like this piece a lot. Strong image with great use of color and line. Just a good darn visual.

  • mago
    magoover 6 years ago

    Salud Ginny!
    Welcome back from vacation, I SAW YOUR PICTURES i see that you have a nice time
    …Salud Ginny y happy day.

    I LIKE THIS ART WRK it make feel like i need a good cup of wine

  • jlynn
    jlynnover 6 years ago

    I love this,, very creative!!! Excellent:)

  • coffeetea
    coffeeteaover 6 years ago

    awesome job and great spirit!

  • cdcantrell
    cdcantrellalmost 6 years ago


  • TeriLee
    TeriLeeover 5 years ago

  • Wow, thanks very much!!

    – Ginny Schmidt

  • Danceintherain
    Danceintherainover 5 years ago

    Very cool … love the story you added.
    Salud y happy days Ginny.

    • Coy *
  • Thanks very much.

    – Ginny Schmidt

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