Thursday 30 November 2023

Merry Christmas Holly-And Some Embarrassment...

Merry Christmas spelled out in hand drawn and painted holly letters, complete with a robin and snow.
Merry Christmas Holly and Robin
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Hello there, and yes, for those who are ready for all things festive, this is my latest design. It's fun, whimsical and festive, without being (I hope) too "cheesy".

If you haven't heard from me for some time, though, my most enormous apologies. As you can see from posts like this one, and this one, I have been posting...but...the posts haven't been getting to you...Which is something I only knew for certain this afternoon, and have done my best to fix.

So, if you're reading this, yay (!), and thank you.

It also means that I'm humungously late in doing anything like inviting you to see all the yummy things you *might* like to purchase either as quirky gifts like this one, or with a more full-on Christmas flavour...

As luck would have it, as I type, there are still deals at Redbubble, and good fast shipping on offer too. But I genuinely don't know how long this will last. (And that's not a whiff of "false urgency,"...I really don't know how long they can keep that going at this (now late, as discussed) time of year).

Anyway...In other news, I've been experimenting with using animated gifs, like the one above, to show you lots of ideas in one go.

Animated gif, showing lots of differnt items usinf=g the merry Christmas in hokky as a festive patter in the main, from a top top a tote bag.
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With this design for example, you're covered for popular gifts like mugs or socks, but also if you'd like to make your home look festive (but still with a smart pattern) or turn up at an event looking suitably "Christmassy" (but again, with a smart and yes-I-can-wear-this-and-still-love-it", type pattern).

And with that said, am off to find a more permanent solution to the email issue. With luck, I might actually be able to tell whether other people can read this or not... :-).

Am anticipating that I'll be posting again before Christmas, (with ecards, printables and other more last-minute goodies)  and then introducing a shiny, new and better system early next year.

Thank you and please bear with me...

But if it doesn't quite go like that, please know that I love your being here, am thankful for it, and want to send you the best posts I can, in the best way possible.

And whether you celebrate or not, hope that the next few weeks are wonderful for you. 

More soon(ish).


Thursday 23 November 2023

New Digital Painting: Christmas Cactus

This image show a digital watercolour painting of a Christmas cactus plant on an elegant white stand, the abundant bright pik blossoms cascading down bright green stems.
"Christmas Cactus"
Digital watercolour painting
by Clare Walker.

Hello there, and thank you sooo much for letting me in to your inbox at what is (as I type) a busy time of year for most.

In the midst of it all, I thought you might enjoy the vibrancy of this week's new, "Christmas Cactus" painting. It's a digital watercolour created in both Krita and Rebelle, (and took me around four hours to complete, if that kind of thing interests you).

Why a Christmas Cactus?

This picture is also a homage to the most beautiful Christmas cactus (or "Schlumbergera", I believe it can be called, if you prefer fancier plant names) that we used to have at home when I was a child.

Though mid-winter in Britain was every bit as overcast then as now, every year, this riot of cerise/ pink/ purple flowers would erupt from an otherwise fairly unassuming plant in the corner. It's a shade that's still one of my favourite hues (I mean, come on, what'd not to love about bright pink? Especially in winter :-)).

Thinking about it the other day, I couldn't remember what became of the plant itself...but I *could* re-create it, and here we are.

Click here to browse and buy this design
on Redbubble

And, yes, if you'd like to see this art around your home (or someone else's, as it's that time of year...) it is available, as you can see above, at Redbubble.

But above and by one that, please just enjoy these colours, in what (in the Northern Hemisphere at least) is the grey of winter right now.

Thank you for being here, and have a wonderful weekend, whether you personally celebrate at this time or not.

More soon.

Thursday 16 November 2023

A Butterfly Gif...

Image is a small animation, in which purple watercolour and a whimsical, frondy plany are soon joined by a purpole butterfly, and the words, have a great day, on a repeating loop.
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to download this butterfly gif

Hello there

Hope all is incredibly well with you. (And if you're in a hurry, please feel free simply to download and share the image above, with my compliments. The last frame is watermarked, so there's no specific need to link here, but if you'd like to, I'll always love and appreciate that).

News beyond the butterfly gif...

And if you're able to settle in for just a few moments, many thanks, and welcome. Because, as I type, it's that time of year again, isn't it? You know the one. The specific one in which we can't move in our inboxes for discounts, offers, sales, and the like. 

So much so, that, lovely though these offers are, and grateful for them as I am, am managing to feel overwhelmed by all those offers... And it's still a full week before the infamous yearly "Black Friday," and  I'm *in the UK* (where we don't even celebrate Thanksgiving, or anything similar).

So, if you're feeling similarly, please feel free just enjoy these butterflies, and/or share them with anyone else who might like them.

Of course...

(If you have an amazing tolerance for shopping today, and would genuinely like to see more whimsical butterflies like this...1) I admire your stamina, and 2) They are available to buy download as a background here, on wrapping paper here, and as fun gifts here).

But otherwise and anyway, please just enjoy this butterfly gif , and thanks so much for taking the time to drop by.