4/01/2010

It's getting to look a lot like Christmas?



Despite the spring like nature of this post it seems more like Christmas here in my home studio. I can see snow on the lawn outside and I have my heating switched on. My desk is strewn with eighteen pots of gouache in classic Christmas colours, mixed especially for a new design collection that I am working on for Christmas 2011.



We have had some brief respites between showers and have managed a few country walks along the canal towpath. The wildlife seem to think that it is spring and the air is filled with various chirpings and squabblings as birds seek out their nesting sites.

Every year a couple of swans raise a family along the canal side, this one in the photograph seems to think it has found the perfect spot. Ted found a few new friends as you can see; it is hard to think he will be ten years old in July. I will have to keep a close eye on him when then cygnets appear, as those mute swans get very protective of their young. click for a closer look.

It will soon be time to tidy away my work and set to preparing this empty nest in preparation for our family visitors over Easter. There are metal Easter eggs to fill, beds to be made, a house to clean and lots of shopping to be done so without further ado I would like to wish you all a very happy Easter!

31 comments:

  1. Happy Easter from Michigan. Thanks again for the lovely Easter Tin and Print you sent me. I love them. Your Spring walk looks lovely. I heard about your snow. How awful. Here in Michigan it was 73F yesterday and when My Sweetie and Me went for our walk at 7PM it was 69F. Unbelieveable and we are all loving this Lovely Spring Weather. Hugs Judy

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  2. It does look like spring,
    can't believe that you once again are visited by snow and wintry temperatures! Enough already, I say, and wish you blue skies and balmy weather and a very happy Easter,
    Merisi

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  3. Have a very happy Easter.

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  4. Happy Easter! The sun may be shining but we need to be well wrapped up for those Easter walks.

    Wishing you a happy weekend
    Celia

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  5. When we woke this morning and Paul looked out of the window and said 'it's white over' - I said Ha, April fool joke - but no the garden was under snow again! Enjoy your family and visitors and have a great Easter weekend:)

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  6. It's still pretty chilly hereabouts, too. TV weatherman promised me that spring temperatures will return sometime this afternoon. Sure hope he wasn't fooling.

    Your Easter card is a beauty. I am sure that the Christmas projects now underway are going to be splendid.

    Have a fabulous Easter! xo

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  7. Such a long, long winter. He doesn't seem to want to leave.

    I do so love the preparations for Easter. The flowers, the chocolate, the bunnies, the baking. All!

    I love to see photographs of the handsome Ted! Yes, keep him well away from defensive swans this Spring!

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  8. I should think i would get so confused painting christmas things at easter! Wishing you a very happy easter, my egg is taking pride of place here in my easter arrangements, thank you again.

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  9. Lovely post. Enjoy your family this holiday weekend.

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  10. Happy Easter Valerie. I like your little dog meeting friends along the tow path, and the lovely swan in his/her nest.
    Your new website is beautiful.

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  11. Love your pictures and Ted looks so cute with his friends. We are having some wonderful warm temps here and the Sun is finally shining. Have a Happy Easter.

    Willow

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  12. I know I'll be filling the same metal eggs as you!!

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  13. How lovely is your new web site, Valerie. I enjoyed a lot looking at it.
    I wish you and your family a delightful Easter weekend.
    Hugs.
    Eli

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  14. Have a great Easter and let's ignore the weather.

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  15. Have a wonderful weekend - we will be countering the chilly weather with, well, chocolate I expect

    Emma
    x

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  16. Your Easter card is beautiful. Very cheery xJ

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  17. Lovely photographs! I agree about it being more like Christmas, we had hail today that was like the snow returning! I hope you and your family have a very Happy Easter.

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  18. charming...charming...charming...

    have a wonderful Easter, my friend

    kary
    xxx

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  19. Have a lovely Easter.
    We have had rain all day and its felt very cold.

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  20. hello valerie!! the photographs are lovely as is the beautiful painting at the top! it's good to be reminded of the nature of creative work - particularly when it is driven by the seasons or events. christmas at easter - hey why not?! have a lovely spring day - steven

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  21. Valerie, I think your artwork is simply marvelous. I too, am an artist and storybook author, and I find myself lucky to be currently working on some illustrations which are set in the season of summer. It would be difficult for me to do any Christmas at this time of year, so my hat is off to you! I am sure you will create something quite amazing.

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  22. thought i would drop by to wish you a happy easter xxx
    your illustration is beautiful!

    hugs xxx

    sumea

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  23. Hope you have sunny, warmer, days soon! Two weeks ago I finished eleven pieces... snowmen, santa, holly and berries. Never easy to be excited about winter themes when the grass is growing green and the spring flowers are peeking through.

    I'll be watching the mail with an eager heart~
    Happy Easter, sweet friend!
    Michelle

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  24. I'd love to know what Ted's thinking? The canal towpath is a lovely place to take a walk. I like the reflections in the water. Happy Easter Valerie, or should I say Christmas! x

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  25. A very Happy Easter to you Valerie - a bit late I know. Spring is definitely in the air now. How funny that you are painting for Christmas. They do believe in starting early, don't they? I cannot believe you have snow again. We have just had rain, rain and more rain.

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  26. My daughter and I are turning our thoughts and creative energies toward Christmas, as well! Later this month we'll set up a tree and start taking the pictures of new products to update the website - never a dull moment!

    Your canal photograph is pretty enough for a postcard!

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  27. Hi dear! Wowww, there in your city, is snow yet!!! It's new winter's world record!!! :)

    You know, in my country, we celebrate Easter----40 days! So...Happy Easter!!!

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  28. Hope you had a lovely Easter with your family. We managed some sunny days.
    I agree, the weather is so peculiar, foggy here today and still cold but I did get out for a walk. Just listening to the radio and giving us a warm weekend.
    Lovely photographs, the swan is beautiful.

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  29. Love the photos Valerie, especially of Ted and his new friends. Hope you had a lovely Easter. Lesley

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  30. Hi Valerie - I can relate. Just as we were headed into Spring, I was still painting a Christmas line also. I don't know if I'll ever get use to working so far ahead of the current calendar.

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