Tuesday 28 September 2021

New Art: Nasturtium Joy

Orange nasturtium flowers in watercolor/watercolour pen and wash

Hello there.

Just popping in with some watercolour (watercolor :-)) flowers I thought you might like.

The vibrant oranges in some nasturtium flowers were practically singing the other day, and so this was the result.

If you're feeling a bit blue (as have heard from more than one person this week) please take this to heart especially, and let these vibrant oranges give you a boost.

And if you've been having a perfectly lovely week-yay! (And this can simply serve to show what happened to that work in-progress on Instagram :-).

And yes, it's fine to share this image as-is anywhere online. 

Let's spread some joy.

More soon.

Friday 24 September 2021

If You Go Down to The Bench Today (You're in For a Big Surprise)...

Photo of a large, cute teddy on a blue bench.

Hello there. Hope you're thriving. But if you're feeling in need of a pick-me-up or a bear hug, I couldn't resist sharing a photo of one of our newest local residents, who re-inspired me utterly the other day. 

Imagine my surprise the other day, when, wondering round the neighbourhood (frankly, in need of a little inspiration and hope myself, at the time) I came upon this cutie on a bench.

Who left him, and why, remains a mystery. But this huge and adorable teddy bear has also been spotted being a bench companion to people of all ages since. So however he (or she!) got here, this bear is doing a real public service, going beyond even providing much-needed whimsy and joy.

I am no stranger to teddy bears...

If you're a regular reader here, you might already know that I have a  very soft spot for bears.

For example, this little bear that I put onto Redbubble a while ago...

Cute illustrated teddy bear sticker
Buy this teddy sticker on Redbubble...

and this cute bear cub illustration...

Postcard of an illustration of a  bear cub hugging a tree with the message, "Sending You a Bear Hug<"
Buy this postcard on Redbubble...


Yes, meeting the bear on the bench did re-inspire me, though in all sorts of ways, bear-related and none. A piece of work in progress is on my Instagram feed, if you'd like to see it.

But all of that's for another day. Today, it's just enough to share something that's inspired me, and hope that you've been able to have a joyful and happy surprise from it as well.

Have a lovely weekend, and more soon.

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Tuesday 21 September 2021

Thank You (A Message *and* a Free Graphic for You)

Here's a confession for you. As you might have noticed, have written several versions of this post. And in the end, all I really wanted to say was "thank you".

Thankyou in handlettered watercolor text with leaves-free graphic to download
Click, tap or right-click here to download this image

Yes, it is technically my 500th post. But I'm dyscalculic, so what does a number really matter anyway ;-).

What matters, and touches me deeply, is that you and so many others have kept bothering to visit through all that time. Thank you so much.

And yes, of course, the graphic that goes with it is yours to download, below, if you'd like it.

More soon.

Friday 10 September 2021

Whimsical Watercolour Painting: Happy Hollyhocks

Hello there, and happy Friday.

Don't know about you, but I couldn't quite let summer go this week. Perhaps because it's been warmer than in the actual summer ;-). 

The late heat has also keep summer flowers in bloom. Which was a great chance to capture some happy pink hollyhocks in watercolour/watercolor. There's nothing quite like sploshing around bright, happy colours on a hot day).

I'm loving how these hollyhocks have turned out as prints...

Pink hollyhocks whimsical watercolour print on canvas
Pink Hollyhocks Canvas Print

But also that, somehow, they've sneaked onto home décor,

Cushion/pillow with pink watercolour hollyhocks on a cream background
Pink Hollyhocks Cushion/Pillow

Tall mug with pink watercolour hollyhocks on a cream background
Pink Hollyhocks Mug

as well as Redbubble's latest and very useful offering...(just about to be released as I type)...deskmats.

Pink Hollyhocks floral deskmat
Pink Hollyhocks Deskmat

That's all from here for now, but hope that some of the happiness and colour from these hollyhocks can make its way to you. Summer's been a long time coming ;-) .

Have a lovely weekend-more soon.

Thursday 2 September 2021

Free September Mushrooms & Toadstools Illustration

September illustration featuring watercolour mushrooms
Free September Illustration:
 Just click or right click to download-links back
appreciated if you use this

Hello there-hope you're well and feeling good. Am just checking in quickly with a September illustration, (of various mushrooms in watercolour (watercolor for US peeps!) that you're welcome to download and use if it helps with your projects.

There will be a lot of news very shortly, but it's still under wraps just yet. (And no, am not meaning to be mysterious...I just have to set up and test a lot of moving parts before making any announcements :-) ).

In the meantime, hope you enjoy this freebie, and have a lovely weekend.