Thursday, 21 September 2023

A Happy Autumn Image

Free happy autumn image to download, featuring the hand lettered words happy autumn-the happy is small and bold with the "y" being turned into an autumnal tree, the autumn is larger and more cursive, and russet coloured. Both happy and autumn sit on watercoour that looks like pale earth, and Autumn has fallen leaves underneath it. It's drawn as if on tan-coloured paper, and the paper is against a frame of abstract autumnal colours.
"Happy Autumn Image" by Clare Walker,
Click, tap or right-click here to  save this image
 to share with others if you wish.
Hello there

Hope you're thriving, and looking forward to the coming season. Here it feels as if autumn has arrived, "just like that". One day it was hot, and the next, blowing a gale, with just the first hints of autumn tint in the very tops of a few trees.

This is a free "Happy Autumn," image

However, autumn it is, and this image (above) is a shareable freebie, to celebrate the return to crisp air, stunning colours, and everything else that feels good about this season.

If it would be useful to you, please just follow the instructions under the image to download it (as ever, generous terms of use are here).

That's all for now, as am deep in preparing *lots* of images for the season ahead.

But thanks so much for being here and enjoy using the picture.

Have a great day, and more soon.

PS. If you're in the southern hemisphere and beginning to appreciate all the colours of new life springing forth, I hear you, but would be nervous about drawing your amazing nature without a specific request and guidance from you about wattle, eucalyptus etc. But you can find all my spring-related posts and illustrations here.

And there's an equinox graphic, suitable no matter where you live, here. (I believe the upcoming equinox is on Sept. 23rd this year).

Hope this helps, and thank you for reading down this far.

Thursday, 14 September 2023

A Very Persistent Raccoon...

Watercolour line and wash drawing of a cute raccoon, staring cheekily at the viewer.
"Cute Raccoon", by Clare Walker

Hello there, and hope you're ready for this most persistent little creature to enter your heart as he has mine.

Let me begin at the beginning, lest you think that I've suddenly moved to the USA. 

I haven't. but a cheeky furry creature resident in those parts *did* take up space in my head recently, and basically refused to leave until I'd drawn him *and* put him up for sale in every place known to me, in some form or another.

Sidenote: this creature is certainly *not* shy :-).

Raccoon magnets, shirts or blankets anyone?

His first foray was onto dozens and dozens of  items at Redbubble...

Like this magnet...

Photo shows a cute raccoon magnet, on  fridge door.
Cute Raccoon Magnet

Strikingly cute T-shirts...

Photo shows a man and a woman, each wearing a black tee shirt with a cute raccoon motif on it.
Cute Raccoon T Shirt

Photo shows a cosy raccoon patterned fleece blanket.
Cute Raccoon Throw Blanket

 I did some further research on raccoons, Having not even seen that many raccoons ever, I checked against loads of images at the Pixabay royalty-free image site, that his proportions were even correct. (Amazingly, they were, as far as I can tell).

Further sidenote: I came across this incredibly cute video by  James Blackwood-Raccoon Whisperer on YouTube  of around 25 rotund raccoons all feeding at once. 

Obviously, I *had* to watch it several times for research ;-)...And am passing this link on to you, in case you're also in need of repeated essential cuteness. 

(You're welcome :-) ).

Raccoon Appreciation Day...

And somehow, all of this then lead me to discovering that "Raccoon Appreciation Day," is October 1st. And a card with a variation of the original sketch, followed.

Card shows a cute raccoon sketch on a gold background. on a
My "Raccoon Appreciation Day" card,
editable (and downloadable too, if you wish), 
at Zazzle.Com

But he still wouldn't leave my mind and make polite space for something else to take its turn to be drawn.

A raccoon pattern made its way onto fabric...

Which leads me to...

Which leads me to this post, and this creature's exceptional talent for keeping himself in my inner spotlight.

Don't get me wrong, he's sooo cute, I'm deeply honoured that he chose to visit my mind, and love all that's happened.

But I am hoping that this post will be all he needs to feel that his need for publicity has been satiated...And that I'll be able to draw or design something else very soon.

We'll see in the next post, won't we? :-).

In the meantime, thanks so much for reading down this far, and have a lovely weekend.

More soon.

Thursday, 7 September 2023

A September Grapes Freebie Illustration

A watercolour drawing of purple grapes, a green leaves and a blue sky, with the word September set against a white cloud.
Click, tap or double-click here to download
and use this September graphic if you wish.

And just like that, the holidays are over. Hope you had a good one. We did, and I'll share if you'd like. But somehow, you think you leave everything organised, and yet there's still so much mysterious *stuff* to sort out on returning :-).

Which is a roundabout way of saying that all the plans I had to have all my ducks in a row by now are *laughably* behind, but am still too "holiday-relaxed" to be too stressed about it.

A free September illustration/graphic for you

In the meantime, if you have any use for a new, free "September" graphic like the watercolour grapes above, then please feel free to download and use said grapes. (They are harvested in Europe at this time of year-can't vouch for elsewhere, but hope this helps in some way...And yes, I know we're into September already...).

And as ever, credit is very much appreciated, but not required, and terms of use are here.

And with that said, I'll go back to trying to get at least some of those ducks in a row for next week instead.

Thanks so much for being here, and have a lovely weekend when it comes.

More soon.