Art for Inspiration: The Widower by James Tissot

The Widower, 1876
by James Tissot (1836 - 1902)

Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand.
W.B. Yeats, The Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats

No truth can cure the sorrow we feel from losing a loved one. No truth, no sincerity, no strength, no kindness can cure that sorrow. All we can do is see it through to the end and learn something from it, but what we learn will be no help in facing the next sorrow that comes to us without warning.
Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood


Armchair Travel and a Free Vintage Travel Graphic: A Garden Tour of Château de Langeais in the Loire Valley, France


I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move.
Robert Louis Stevenson

Vintage illustration showing two Edwardian ladies strolling on the grounds of Château de Langeais in January 1904. You can use this graphic to decorate a travel journal and scrapbook pages or in graphic design projects such as a travel itinerary or flyer. The high-res 6.75" x 9" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark here.

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Armchair Travel: A Visual Tour through the Grounds of Château de Langeais, France

Exterior and formal garden surrounding Château de Langeais, France - image source here.

Close-up of the castle facade and its grounds - image source here.

A ruined 10th century keep on the grounds of Château de Langeais, France - image source here.

Scaffolding and lifting machines faithfully reconstituted behind the keep show the construction methods of builders in the year 1000. From the top of the scaffolding you can see the medieval inspired gardens - image and description source here.

A 6-storey treehouse built in a majestic cedar several centuries old. The treehouse offers unobstructed views over the park and the ruins of the 11th century chapel - image and description source here.

The promenade, between cedars and sequoias, ends up at the belvedere with a telescope over the Loire, a cultural landscape today listed as world heritage by UNESCO - image and description source here.


Art for Inspiration: Ephemeral Joy by Charles Edward Perugini

Ephemeral Joy, 1901
by Charles Edward Perugini (1839–1918)

Some of you say, “Joy is greater than sorrow,” and others say, “Nay, sorrow is the greater.”
But I say unto you, they are inseparable.
Together they come, and when one sits alone with you at your board, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed.
Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

In fact no one recognizes the happiest moment of their lives as they are living it. It may well be that, in a moment of joy, one might sincerely believe that they are living that golden instant "now," even having lived such a moment before, but whatever they say, in one part of their hearts they still believe in the certainty of a happier moment to come. Because how could anyone, and particularly anyone who is still young, carry on with the belief that everything could only get worse: If a person is happy enough to think he has reached the happiest moment of his life, he will be hopeful enough to believe his future will be just as beautiful, more so.
Orhan Pamuk, The Museum of Innocence

Know that joy is rarer, more difficult, and more beautiful than sadness. Once you make this all-important discovery, you must embrace joy as a moral obligation.
André Gide


Free Antique Illustration for Scrapbooking or Graphic Design: Victorian Ladies in the Garden 1


Don't be ashamed to weep; 'tis right to grieve. Tears are only water, and flowers, trees, and fruit cannot grow without water. But there must be sunlight also. A wounded heart will heal in time, and when it does, the memory and love of our lost ones is sealed inside to comfort us.
Brian Jacques, Taggerung

An antique illustration from January 1857 that shows two Victorian ladies in the garden under the glow of a full moon. The lady in the blue dress seems to be overcome with sadness while the lady in white silk is doing her best to comfort her grieving friend. You can use this to decorate journal and scrapbook pages or in graphic design projects. You can find the high-res 6.75" x 9" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark here.

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Art for Inspiration: Tea on the Terrace by Frédéric Soulacroix

Tea on the Terrace
by Frédéric Soulacroix (1858 - 1933)

My hour for tea is half-past five, and my buttered toast waits for nobody.
Wilkie Collins, The Woman in White

Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art.... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.
C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character. These are the qualities that define us as human beings, and propel us, on occasion, to greatness.”
R.J. Palacio, Wonder


Free Vintage Postcard for Scrapbooking, Mixed Media Collage or Graphic Design: Moonlight Stroll Across Snowy Fields


We feel cold, but we don't mind it, because we will not come to harm.
And if we wrapped up against the cold, we wouldn't feel other things,
like the bright tingle of the stars, or the music of the aurora,
or best of all the silky feeling of moonlight on our skin. It's worth being cold for that.
Philip Pullman, The Golden Compass

From a vintage postcard c1915, here is an illustration of a couple moving across a snowy field under the soft glow of a full moon. They seem to be making their way to a snow-topped thatched cottage that is warmly lit up in welcome. You can download the 6" x 9" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark here. Can be used as a background for a mixed media, scrapbooking or card making project.

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Art for Inspiration: In the Park by Giovanni Boldini

In the Park
by Giovanni Boldini (1842 - 1931)

No matter how close we are to another person, few human relationships are as free from strife, disagreement, and frustration as is the relationship you have with a good dog. Few human beings give of themselves to another as a dog gives of itself. I also suspect that we cherish dogs because their unblemished souls make us wish - consciously or unconsciously - that we were as innocent as they are, and make us yearn for a place where innocence is universal and where the meanness, the betrayals, and the cruelties of this world are unknown.
Dean Koontz, A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog

There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.
Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat.
Laura Ingalls Wilder


Free Illustration for Garden and Nature Journals, Scrapbook Page or Graphic Design: Antique Christmas Rose Floral Border


The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

Wonderfully drawn antique border featuring early blooming Christmas roses (Hellebore orientalis) that have come into flower even with winter chill and snow falling around them. You can use this to decorate a journal or scrapbook page, as a gift tag, for an invitation card or to embellish a photo. You can download the high-res 6.5" x 9" @ 300 ppi .PNG file with a transparent background here.

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Art for Inspiration: Antique Landscape with Olive Trees by Henryk Hektor Siemiradzki

Antique Landscape with Olive Trees
by Henryk Hektor Siemiradzki (1843 - 1902)

The human soul is hungry for beauty; we seek it everywhere - in landscape, music, art, clothes, furniture, gardening, companionship, love, religion, and in ourselves. No one would desire not to be beautiful. When we experience the beautiful, there is a sense of homecoming.
John O'Donohue

“Life is not always perfect. Like a road, it has many bends, ups and down, but that’s its beauty.”
Amit Ray, World Peace: The Voice of a Mountain Bird

Life is like a landscape. You live in the midst of it
but can describe it only from the vantage point of distance.
Charles Lindbergh


Art for Inspiration: A Winter Woodland by Karl Rosen

A Winter Woodland
by Karl Rosen (1864 - 1934)

The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.
John Muir

The places of quiet are going away, the churches, the woods, the libraries. And it is only in silence we can hear the voice inside of us which gives us true peace.
James Rozoff

Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children's children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.
Theodore Roosevelt


Free Vintage Bird Illustration for Greeting Card, Scrapbooking or Gift Tag: Messenger Doves with a Ribbon of Pink Envelopes


I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close.
Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets

First-generation digital scan of a vintage postcard from 1906. It shows an illustration of a flock of doves flying towards the recipient with love notes in little pink envelopes strung on a red ribbon. This would make a lovely greeting card for Valentine's or Mother's Day but you could also use it to decorate a scrapbook page or as a gift tag. You can download the high-res 4" x 6" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark here.

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Art for Inspiration: Wildflowers by Anna Stainer-Knittel

Wildflowers, 1889
by Anna Stainer-Knittel (1841 - 1915)

Promise Yourself

To be so strong that nothing
can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness, and prosperity
to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel
that there is something in them
To look at the sunny side of everything
and make your optimism come true.

To think only the best, to work only for the best,
and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others
as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past
and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times
and give every living creature you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself
that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear,
and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world,
not in loud words but great deeds.
To live in faith that the whole world is on your side
so long as you are true to the best that is in you.
Christian D. Larson, Your Forces and How to Use Them


Art for Inspiration: Camelias, Amaryllis, Hyacinth and Violets in Ornamental Pots by Johan Laurentz Jensen

Camelias, Amaryllis, Hyacinth and Violets in Ornamental Pots on a Marble Ledge, 1836
by Johan Laurentz Jensen (1800 - 1856)

Hope
Smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
Whispering 'it will be happier...'
Alfred Tennyson

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're Doing Something.

So that's my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you're scared of doing, Do It.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.
Neil Gaiman


Antique Illustration for Garden Journal, Scrapbook Page or Card Making: Elegant Lady in the Garden 2


I am never alone wherever I am. The air itself supplies me with a century of love. When I breathe in, I am breathing in the laughter, tears, victories, passions, thoughts, memories, existence, joys, moments, and the hues of the sunlight on many tones of skin; I am breathing in the same air that was exhaled by many before me. The air that bore them life. And so how can I ever say that I am alone?
C. JoyBell C.

An elegant lady getting some fresh air in the winter garden, carrying a small muff to keep her hands warm. You can download the 6.5" x 12.5" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark here. Can be used as a bookmark or to embellish walk journals, garden journals and scrapbook pages.

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Free Illustration for Garden and Nature Journals, Scrapbook Page or Spring Announcements: Cheery Robin Decorative Border

“Birds know themselves not to be at the center of anything, but at the margins of everything. The end of the map. We only live where someone's horizon sweeps someone else's. We are only noticed on the edge of things; but on the edge of things, we notice much.”
― Gregory Maguire, Out of Oz

Lovely antique border showing a cheerful robin perched on still-bare branches singing a song to welcome in the spring. You can certainly use this to decorate a journal or scrapbook page but it is also useful for spring-themed announcements such as for baby and wedding showers, yard sales and community get-togethers. You can download the high-res 8.5" x 11" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark here.

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Art for Inspiration: Green Lattice by Charles Courtney Curran

Green Lattice, 1919
by Charles Courtney Curran (1861 - 1942)

I don’t know what’s worse: to not know what you are and be happy, or to become what you’ve always wanted to be, and feel alone.
Daniel Keyes, Flowers for Algernon

I go to sleep alone, and wake up alone. I take walks. I work until I'm tired. I watch the wind play with the trash that's been under the snow all winter. Everything seems simple until you think about it. Why is love intensified by abscence?
Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler's Wife

You felt a deep sorrow, the kind of melancholy you feel when you're in a beautiful place and the sun is going down.
Thrity Umrigar, The Space Between Us


Art for Inspiration: Christmas Roses by Paul Kirnig

Christmas Roses, 1923
by Paul Kirnig (1891 - 1955)

Have you ever heard the wonderful silence just before the dawn? Or the quiet and calm just as a storm ends? Or perhaps you know the silence when you haven't the answer to a question you've been asked, or the hush of a country road at night, or the expectant pause of a room full of people when someone is just about to speak, or, most beautiful of all, the moment after the door closes and you're alone in the whole house? Each one is different, you know, and all very beautiful if you listen carefully.
Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

For the first time, she did want more. She did not know what she wanted, knew that it was dangerous and that she should rest content with what she had, but she knew an emptiness deep inside her, which began to ache.
Iain Pears, The Dream of Scipio

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
Louisa May Alcott


Art for Inspiration: Still Life with Snowberries and Poinsettias by Cecil Kennedy

Still Life with Snowberries and Poinsettias
by Cecil Kennedy (1905 - 1997)

They wore their strange beauty like war paint.
Holly Black, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

I love the scent of winter. I love the scent of winter enough to suffer the cold for it.
Tiffany Reisz, The Scent of Winter

Take the time to celebrate stillness and silence and see the joy that the world can bring, simply.
Tony Curl, Seriously Simple Stuff to Get You Unstuck


Art for Inspiration: Winter Landscape in Areskutan by Carl Brandt

Winter Landscape in Areskutan, 1921
by Carl Brandt (1852 - 1930)

I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, "Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.
Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.
John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America

Spring passes and one remembers one's innocence.
Summer passes and one remembers one's exuberance.
Autumn passes and one remembers one's reverence.
Winter passes and one remembers one's perseverance.
Yoko Ono