Friday, November 24, 2017

Christmas in Australia: baby it's cold outside but the kangaroo doesn't care



There's a forgotten part of the Australian landscape where snow is abundant.The alpine region of Australia stretches through New South Wales and into Victoria. No kangaroos there that I'm aware but I might be wrong. I live on the other side of the world! 

This kangaroo is decorating a pine tree under the falling snow. The bubble and soft tones make this digital collage look like a dream, a fantasy. This product is ideal for the holiday season and it was an entry to the #createarthistory challenge.

Kangaroo illustration is from John White's, Journal of a Voyage to New South Wales, 1790, a book with sixty-five plates of non-descript animals, birds, lizards, serpents, curious cones of trees and other natural productions by John White Surgeon-General to the Settlement. In this page you can have a close look at the kangaroo and a full description of the animal, these are just a few lines : "The proportions of some of the parts of this animal bear no analogy to what is common in most others. The disproportions in the length between the fore legs and the hind are very considerable; also in their strength, yet perhaps not more than in the Jerboa. This disproportion between the fore legs and the hind is principally in the more adult; for in the very young, about the size of a half-grown rat, they are pretty well proportioned; which shews that at the early period of life they do not use progressive motion."

As for John White: "in 1788 White was appointed Surgeon-General of New South Wales and organised a hospital for the new colony, somewhat hampered by a lack of medical supplies. He became interested in the native flora and fauna of the new land and investigated the potential of Australian plants for use as medicine. He observed the olfactory qualities of eucalyptus and distilled eucalyptus oil in 1788. Wikipedia" I found this interesting article about him. It says that the book mentioned before, one of the important First Fleet Journals, it was the first substantial natural history book on Australia.

The tree in the illustration isn't a real pine tree, it's a digital collage and it was made from a John Sims botanical illustration of a flower. The red Christmas balls are my creation.

If you liked this digital collage you can find products with this illustration at the following online stores:

2. ZAZZLE online store PAPELUSTRO <<<< Click to visit!

The marvellous cats of Karen Vesk

Cute White Cat Christmas or winter card

Sunshine Sketches is the place where you can find the work of Karen Vesk. Go there to find cute, happy and funny art. Her characters are mostly animals, often cats, illustrated in watercolors or pencil. In her own words: "I've been painting ever since I was able to hold a brush, and some number of years ago I turned it from hobby to my full-time profession. If my art has made you smile, then I consider my job to be done.The cat you see in many of my works is my model and muse, a saucy and smart little princess named Heather. I am aware of this store since 2013. Karen makes awesome work, I absolutely adore the way she reimagines her cat. The drawing is great and so is the use of color. I just selected a few of my favorite greeting cards of Karen to share with you, you'll find more products in her store.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Decorated Christmas napkins, placemats,plates and wine labels for a festive table

Have you given much thought to your Christmas table decorations? A Christmas table deserves a special touch. It can be a table for a family or a friends reunion or even a corporate event. Either way add sparkle to your place settings with these products from Zazzle. Decorated Christmas napkins, placemats,plates and wine labels for a festive table. Make it simple and pick just one or get a matching set. Zazzle has lots of items for an effective festive Christmas table! You'll find all kind of designs and illustrations from classic and traditional to modern and funny. This is just a very small look at what you can find at Zazzle stores. Remember: each item you see has matching products on the designer's store. Go on and have a look!


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