Monday, 18 January 2021

Wildflower Quote and Celandine Painting

Hello there.

Hope you're doing well. The idea in this new painting spoke of freedom to me, and seemed to go with the bright, wild beauty of celandine flowers.

At some time soon, I'll know whether or what to do further with this, but thought you might like to see it "hot off the press," as it were.

Be as  happy as you can-more soon.


Thursday, 14 January 2021

New Digital Painting: Vibrant Pink Plants

Hello there. Hope you're doing well.

It's been a long time since there was a new digital painting here. In honesty, am not even sure what (if anything) I'll end up, "doing" with this. It is, after all, quite a quick sketch in Krita, compared to normal.

But I do know that it's cheering me up on a grey day. And so am posting it, as it may do the same for you too.

More very soon.


Tuesday, 12 January 2021

New Whimsical Design: "Fairies Live Here"

 Well, that took a bit longer than I thought...

At the end of last week, the actual artwork for this design was almost finished. But it's taken some time to turn it into a proper collection at Zazzle.

It's worth it, though.  You can leave these items as you are, and have an ultimate-in-whimsy garden sign, throw pillow, mug, doormat and more. Or you can personalise all the text to say whatever you want alongside the art showing a fairy in a flower... I'm guessing that people's names will be popular, or "Welcome,". But I could be wrong. 

What text would you add in this design?

In any event, enjoy these designs, which you can see as a collection here.

More very soon.

Friday, 8 January 2021

Free Leaf Clip Art Printable: Green Leaves Pattern

It's time for another freebie, in this case an A4 printable pattern of green spring/ summer leaves. It would make a great background or piece of wrapping or craft paper. Or you're welcome to use just some of it as clip art. You can use it any way you like in line with my angel policy.

Green Leaves available in an A4 Printable Pattern

To grab this, just right-click, click or tap (depending on your device) and save, and you're good to go. (IF you take a picture of anything you make, I'd love to see it (maybe on the BoundingSquirrel Facebook Page?) and would also do what I can to promote anything you make which incorporates it too.

If you're more of a fabric person, the design is also available on many different kinds of fabric, from Zazzle. The image below shows the design on a fat quarter...

But however you use this design, have fun with bringing a touch of spring and summer into your life, whatever the season when you're reading this. 

And I'll leave you with a little teaser that there's another project almost finished too that I think you'll like. But it's not quite finished, so will leave that to post at the start of next week. (or the next post, if you're reading this later).

Take care and see you then!

Thursday, 7 January 2021

Art Journal: Attempting Something New

 Let's all be gentle with each other today, for a variety of reasons.

But in the art context, am attempting to be both brave and gentle by posting a thought have been having for days...but illustrated for the first time ever (for me) with an attempt at a watercolour landscape.

Am posting here in the interests of transparency and "keeping it real". And hoping that the words at least will feel inspiring for someone, as they did for me.

More very soon-take care.

Tuesday, 5 January 2021

New "Vegan Penguin," Cartoon


Cartoon in which one penguin tries to be vegan...

Hello there. It's a new year, but in the general weirdness and Januaryness, thought you might like something to raise a smile. (This is a watermarked image, so please share this too, if you know someone who needs to grin a bit as well).

This cartoon came from watching a really cute documentary about penguins of the world. As for the vegan spin...who knows?)

Take good care of yourself-more soon.

Thursday, 31 December 2020

Find Joy: An Elephant Fridge Magnet Painting

 Hello there, and hope you're doing well and thriving despite all. Couldn't post this photo before now as it was a present. But this "watercolour elephant in a fridge magnet," has become, not just what was right to send then, but an idea that keeps floating around for me...

Watercolour fridge magnet in which a happy grey elephant is spouting rainbow dust from its trunk, and the message Find Joy, is hand-lettered i black.
The elephant fridge magnet in question (please excuse my bad photography)

'Cos let's face it, if 2020 has proved anything, it's that deciding to find joy can help to keep us sane, healthy and happy. So that's what am planning to do, whatever happens in 2021. You're welcome to join me in this, if you'd like.

And although am not officially posting as a 100 day challenge anymore, will be posting regularly, because have missed it in the last week. Nothing has, or will disappear (I just need more time at weekends, and for projects that take longer to complete).

So there will be more very soon. And in the meantime, I wish you health, happiness, and all the joy you can find, whether you're reading this at New Year, or any other time.

Friday, 25 December 2020

Day 100/100: Thank You

Yes, it's Christmas Day. Yes, it's the final day of my "100 day challenge. And yes, I did draw and pre-post this a little ahead of time, so as to be able to enjoy the holiday period too. (Suspect I didn't think it through by making my "100 days" end quite so dramatically on Christmas Day :-)). Be that as it may though, my overwhelming feeling towards this challenge, and you, is gratitude.

Thank you for sticking with me through it. Thank you for your support, and thank you just for being there at the end of this strangest of years.

And just in case, as is likely at this time of year,you're in need of sending some thank too, please feel free to use either the static thank you jpg or the animated gif to do so if you would like.

Thankyou in Hand drawn text, flashing

I'll be taking some time off now, but will see you in the new year. In the meantime, enjoy the holiday period, however and wherever you find yourself this year.

And thank you, again.



Thursday, 24 December 2020

Christmas Snowmen Cartoon (and Day 99/100)

Christmas Snowmen cartoon, in which one snowman is dubious about having been given a fitness watch for Christmas...

Yes, it's Christmas Eve, and yes, am owning up to the fact that, I drew this Christmas-themed cartoon ahead of time. In any event, hope you enjoy it, and your day.

PS. This card is available at CartoonsbyClare at Zazzle, but obviously, you're looking at it for 2021 and beyond by now ;-) .

Wednesday, 23 December 2020

Day 98/100: Two Things Today...

Originally, today's post was going to be a video run-through of some of the things that have been visited the most on BoundingSquirrel this year. 

And then I ended up sketching (or attempting to sketch) this variegated holly in watercolour and pen. It turns out that getting the creamy edges to show up really well is quite the challenge, so will give this another go at a later date.

In the meantime,  if you'd rather watch the video instead, you still can. It seems that the most whimsical illustrations came out on top this year.

Click here to watch the video on YouTube...

More tomorrow.