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

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: Winter Poetry by Théodore Hannon

Winter Poetry, 1885
by Théodore Hannon (1851-1916)

There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.
Martha Graham

Everybody is talented because everybody who is human has something to express.
Brenda Ueland

Sometimes people are beautiful.
Not in looks.
Not in what they say.
Just in what they are.
Markus Zusak, I Am the Messenger

Art for Inspiration: The Flower Girl by Herbert Gustave Schmalz

The Flower Girl, 1900
by Herbert Gustave Schmalz (1856 - 1935)

For you little gardener and lover of trees, I have only a small gift. Here is set G for Galadriel, but it may stand for garden in your tongue. In this box there is earth from my orchard, and such blessing as Galadriel has still to bestow is upon it. It will not keep you on your road, nor defend you against any peril; but if you keep it and see your home again at last, then perhaps it may reward you. Though you should find all barren and laid waste, there will be few gardens in Middle-earth that will bloom like your garden, if you sprinkle this earth there. Then you may remember Galadriel, and catch a glimpse far off of Lórien, that you have seen only in our winter. For our spring and our summer are gone by, and they will never be seen on earth again save in memory.
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Vintage Outdoor Graphic for Scrapbooking, Card Making or Graphic Design: Victorian Ladies on Ice Skates 1

Society is like a large piece of frozen water;
and skating well is the great art of social life.
Letitia Elizabeth Landon

An antique illustration from 1886 that shows two Victorian ladies in warm winter outfits and wearing ice skates on their feet. Use together or separately to decorate journal and scrapbook pages or in graphic design projects such as gift tags, bookmarks, cards, labels, brochures or reports. You can download the high-res 12" x 12" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark here.

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Free Illustrated Template for Journal or Scrapbook Page, Card Making or Graphic Design: Friends in the Garden Journal Card 1


Sometimes the greatest adventure is simply a conversation.
Amadeus Wolfe

A digital journal template featuring three friends (family?) gathered together in the garden for conversation and perhaps advice? You can download this free high-res 4" x 6" @ 300 ppi JPEG here. Can also be used as a background for card making and other graphic design projects.

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Fine Art Note Cards: Autumn Stream by Franklin de Haven


Trees are sanctuaries.
Whoever knows how to speak to them,
whoever knows how to listen to them,
can learn the truth.
They do not preach learning and precepts,
they preach, undeterred by particulars,
the ancient law of life.
Herman Hesse

A ready-to-print fine art note card featuring a landscape painting by American artist Franklin de Haven (1856 - 1934), titled "Autumn Stream," painted roughly around 1918. You can download the high-res 6" x 4" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark here.

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Vintage Poem for Scrapbooking, Card Making or Graphic Design: Back to the Farm (Part 4 of 4)


Part 4 (of 4) of a poem by Martha Gilbert Dickinson Bianchi called "Back to the Farm" and illustrated by N.C. Wyeth.

Out in the dews with the spider at his shuttle --
In that half-dreaming hour that awakes the whippoorwill
And sets the nighthawk darting sinister and subtle,
F'er the full moon complacent loiters o'er the hill.

Back to the farm!
With the friendly brute for neighbor,
Where youth and Nature beckon, the tryst who would not keep?
Back to the luxury of rest that follows labor,
Back to the primal joys of hunger and of sleep!

You can download the free high-res 5" x 7" @ 300 ppi JPEG of the illustration above for scrapbooking, card making or graphic design projects here.

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Vintage Poem for Scrapbooking, Card Making or Graphic Design: Back to the Farm (Part 3 of 4)


Part 3 (of 4) of a poem by Martha Gilbert Dickinson Bianchi called "Back to the Farm" and illustrated by N.C. Wyeth.

Off to the wood lot where brier bloom runs riot
And wary forest creature no hunter's snare deceives,
Virgin growth beguiling the solemn-hearted quiet
With songs of winter fires a-ripple through the leaves.

Up to the bars in the twilight's soft reaction --
Winding through the ferny lane to barns of stooping eaves
Welcoming at nightfall to simple satisfaction,
When the reeling swallow her dusky pattern weaves.

You can download the free high-res 5" x 7" @ 300 ppi JPEG of the illustration above for scrapbooking, card making or graphic design projects here.

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Vintage Poem for Scrapbooking, Card Making or Graphic Design: Back to the Farm (Part 2 of 4)


Part 2 (of 4) of a poem by Martha Gilbert Dickinson Bianchi called "Back to the Farm" and illustrated by N.C. Wyeth.

Down in the hayfield where scythes glint through the clover;
Lusty blood a-throbbing in the splendor of the noon --
Lying 'neath the haycocks as castling clouds pass over,
Hearing insect lovers a-piping out of tune.

Caught in the spell of old kitchen-garden savors --
With luscious lines retreating to hills of musky corn,
And clambering grapes that spill their clustering flavors --
Each in fragrant season filling Plenty's golden horn.

You can download the free high-res 5" x 7" @ 300 ppi JPEG of the illustration above for scrapbooking, card making or graphic design projects here.

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Vintage Poem for Scrapbooking, Card Making or Graphic Design: Back to the Farm (Part 1 of 4)


Part 1 (of 4) of a poem by Martha Gilbert Dickinson Bianchi called "Back to the Farm" and illustrated by N.C. Wyeth.

Back to the farm!
Where the bob-white still is calling
As in remembered drawings when youth and I were boys,
Driving the cattle where the meadow brook is brawling
Her immemorial wandering fears and joys!

Home to the farm for the deep green calms of summer,
Life of the open furrow, life of the waving grain --
Leaving the painted world of masquerade and mummer
Just for the sense of earth and ripening again.

You can download the free high-res 5" x 7" @ 300 ppi JPEG of the illustration above for scrapbooking, card making or graphic design projects here.

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Vintage Decorative Border for Garden Journal, Scrapbooking or Graphic Design: Bouquets of Roses and a Cherub with Rose Basket

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful,
we must carry it with us or we find it not.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

An art deco style border that features three decorative panels: both the right and left panels show bouquets of roses while the middle panel features a cherub carrying a basket of roses aloft with fluffy white clouds in the background. All three panels are surrounded by trailing wreaths dotted with tiny clusters of three or four blooms. You can download the high-res print-quality JPEG here for a garden journal, scrapbooking page or a graphic design project.

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Art for Inspiration: Last Flowers by Jules Breton

Last Flowers, 1890
by Jules Breton (1827 – 1906)

Life is made up of a collection of moments that are not ours to keep. The pain we encounter throughout our days spent on this earth comes from the illusion that some moments can be held onto. Clinging to people and experiences that were never ours in the first place is what causes us to miss out on the beauty of the miracle that is the now. All of this is yours, yet none of it is. How could it be? Look around you. Everything is fleeting.

To love and let go, love and let go, love and let go...it's the single most important thing we can learn in this lifetime.
Rachel Brathen

The magic fades too fast
the scent of summer never lasts
the nights turn hollow and vast
but nothing remains...nothing lasts.
Sanober Khan

If today is not your day,
then be happy
for this day shall never return.
And if today is your day,
then be happy now
for this day shall never return.
Kamand Kojouri

Vintage Poem for Garden Journal, Scrapbooking or Graphic Design: Song in the Key of Autumn by Scudder Middleton


We are walking with the month
To a quiet place.
See, only here and there the gentians stand!
To-night the homing loon
Will fly across the moon,
Over the tired land.

We were the idlers and the sowers,
The watchers in the sun,
The harvesters who laid away the grain.
Now there's a sign in every vacant tree,
Now there's a hint in every stubble field,
Something we must not forget
When the blossoms fly again.

Give me your hand!
There were too many promises in June.
Human-tinted buds of spring
Told only half the truth.
The withering leaf beneath our feet,
That wrinkled apple overhead,
Say more than vital boughs have said
When we went walking
In this growing place.
There is something in this hour
More honest than a flower
Or laughter from a sunny face.

The poem, "Song in the Key of Autumn," was written by Scudder Middleton and published in the November 1919 issue of Century magazine. You are welcome to download the free high-res 7" x 10" @ 300 ppi scan without a watermark for a garden journal, scrapbooking or graphic design project here.

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Art for Inspiration: Young Girl Carrying a Pumpkin by Fausto Zonaro

Young Girl Carrying a Pumpkin, 1889
by Fausto Zonaro (1854 – 1929)

Before the fruits of prosperity can come, the storms of life need to first bring the required rains of testing, which mixes with the seeds of wisdom to produce a mature harvest.
Lincoln Patz

We were put on this magical planet, not to dominate and consume her, but to care for her and love her. To harrow gently. To harvest gratefully. To build reasonably.
David Paul Kirkpatrick

In life, we plant seeds everywhere we go.
Some fall on fertile ground needing very little to grow.
Some fall on rocky soil requiring a tad bit more loving care.
While others fall in seemingly barren land and no matter what you do; it appears the seed is dead.

Nevertheless, every seed planted will have a ripple effect.
You could see it in the present or a time not seen yet.
So be wise about where you plant your seeds.
Be very mindful of your actions and deeds.
Negativity grows just as fast if not faster than positivity.
Plant seeds of kindness, love and peace
And your harvest will be abundant living.
Sanjo Jendayi

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: Garden Scenes by Alfonse Van Besten

Ma femme (Mrs. A. Van Besten), 1913

Blossom and lady, ca. 1913

Young girl amidst marguerites, ca. 1912

Van Besten painting in his garden, 1909

A series of photographs from the early 20th century by Belgian artist Alfonse Van Besten (1865 - 1926). Van Besten was a painter and many of his autochromes were taken with a "painterly eye." You can find many more of his autochrome photographs on the Belgian Autochromists website here.

Antique Illustration for Crafts, Garden Journal, Scrapbook Page or Card Making: Ladies in the Garden 2

When you feel as if you should conform and be like everyone else....
Remember that you were born to stand out
and be your uniquely beautiful and talented self.
Nanette Mathews

A quartet of young ladies standing around a garden terrace overooking a lovely lake with white swans. You can download the 8.5" x 11" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark here. Can be used in craft projects, garden journals, scrapbook pages or for graphic design.

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Free Flower Clipart for Crafts, Scrapbooking or Graphic Design: Distressed Red & Bronze Rose w/ Worn Border (Digital Ephemera)


"There is no pretending," Jace said with absolute clarity.
"I love you, and I will love you until I die,
and if there is life after that, I'll love you then.”
Cassandra Clare, City of Glass

“I heard what you said. I’m not the silly romantic you think.
I don’t want the heavens or the shooting stars. I don’t want gemstones or gold.
I have those things already. I want…a steady hand. A kind soul.
I want to fall asleep, and wake, knowing my heart is safe. I want to love, and be loved.”
Shana Abe

Illustration of a red and bronze rose from a 1909 vintage postcard. I have left most of the distressed paper elements intact on this one as I feel it gives the image an aged quality perfect for vintage-style crafts, scrapbooking or graphic design projects. To download the high-res 9" x 6" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark, please click here.

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Art for Inspiration: Sunlit Conservatory with Parrots by Olga Wisinger-Florian

Sunlit Conservatory with Parrots
by Olga Wisinger-Florian (1844 - 1926)

Most things are forgotten over time. Even the war itself, the life-and-death struggle people went through is now like something from the distant past. We’re so caught up in our everyday lives that events of the past are no longer in orbit around our minds. There are just too many things we have to think about everyday, too many new things we have to learn. But still, no matter how much time passes, no matter what takes place in the interim, there are some things we can never assign to oblivion, memories we can never rub away. They remain with us forever, like a touchstone.
Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

“Sometimes," he sighed, "I think the things I remember are more real than the things I see.”
Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha

“But that's how memory works," Bitterblue said quietly. "Things disappear without your permission, then come back again without your permission. And sometimes they came back incomplete and warped.”
Kristin Cashore, Bitterblue

Art for Inspiration: The Garden Parasol by Frederick Carl Frieseke

"The Garden Parasol," c1910
by Frederick Carl Frieseke (1874 - 1939)

Tris: I was reading.
Sandry: You're always reading. The only way people can ever talk to you is to interrupt.
Tris: Then maybe they shouldn't talk to me.
Tamora Pierce, Briar's Book

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.
Lao Tzu

St. Augustine said, "The very pleasures of human life men acquire by difficulties." There are times when the entire arrangement of our existence is disrupted and we long then for just one ordinary day - seeing our ordinary life as greatly desirable, even wonderful, in the light of the terrible disruption that has taken place. Difficulty opens our eyes to pleasures we had taken for granted.
Elisabeth Elliot, Keep a Quiet Heart

Vintage Outdoor Graphic for Walk Journal, Scrapbooking, Card Making or Graphic Design: Ladies with Umbrellas 1


If you are in a bad mood, go for a walk.
If you are still in a bad mood, go for another walk.
Hippocrates

An antique engraving in colour from April 1904 that shows two Edwardian ladies in their spring dresses out for a walk around the park or garden. Both ladies are carrying umbrellas, quite prepared to fend off any April showers. You can download the free high-res 8" x 11" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark for use in a walk journal, collage art making, scrapbooking or card design projects here.

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Art for Inspiration: A Stroll in the Park by William James Glackens

“A Stroll in the Park," c1915
by William James Glackens (1870-1938)

“I dressed and went for a walk - determined not to return until I took in what Nature had to offer.”
Raymond Carver, This Morning

“If you seek creative ideas go walking.
Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk.”
Raymond I. Myers

“[Walking] is the perfect way of moving if you want to see into the life of things. It is the one way of freedom. If you go to a place on anything but your own feet you are taken there too fast, and miss a thousand delicate joys that were waiting for you by the wayside.”
Elizabeth von Arnim, The Adventures of Elizabeth in Rügen

Free Illustrated Template with Old Paper Texture for Walk / Hiking Journal or Travel Notes - 1


I might walk vast expanses of earth and
always be beginning and I love beginning
or could learn to love it.
S. Jane Sloat

A walk journal (or travel diary) template on old paper texture with an illustration of two Victorian ladies, one of whom is carrying a parasol. You can download the high-res 11" x 8.5" @ 300 ppi JPEG here.

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Art Appreciation: A Walk in the Pumpkin Patch with M. Evelyn McCormick

In keeping with the harvest season, I decided to feature a couple of M. Evelyn McCormick's paintings with pumpkins. Evelyn McCormick was an American Impressionist painter who lived and worked around San Francisco and Monterey, California at the turn of the 20th century. This intrepid Bohemian travelled to Paris, France in the 1880s to be with her lover, Guy Rose, also a painter. They both spent much time painting in the village of Giverny where they were influenced by the great Claude Monet.

Mary Evelyn McCormick (December 2, 1862 – May 6, 1948)

This look at a corner of "A Garden in Giverny" made me think of the pumpkins we once tried to grow in our community garden plot - lots of aggressive leaves and vines but not-so-spectacular pumpkins. There is a charming air of country derelict in this overgrown garden with its tumbledown walls, a dying tree, and all sorts of interesting vegetation rooting everywhere. It feels like the kind of spot that a child might think of hiding in when playing hide-and-seek.

"A Garden in Giverny," 1891

Almost 20 years later, back in California, McCormick painted this patch of pumpkins growing on a slope above a pond or stream in the Carmel Valley. The setting under an open sky, wide swaths of greenery and almost-still water feels more expansive than the semi-enclosed, intimate space of the first garden scene. The second image is also a more formal rendering of a landscape, evocative of a prosperous farm, with its lush, neat fields and convenient footpaths. There is almost a sense that perhaps McCormick is trying to convey the idea of an agrarian idyll for her viewers.

"Carmel Valley Pumpkins," c1907

I confess that I'm drawn to the first painting more, despite the rough state of the garden. The atmosphere is relaxed; you don't have to worry about weeding or planning neat borders. You can graze on a berry or a bean should you come across one, and you can pick a couple of pumpkins to tide you over winter. What about you? How do you feel when you look at the paintings? Do they evoke memories for you? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Digital Ephemera for Crafts, Collage, Scrapbooking or Card Making: The Snake and the Hummingbird (Natural History, Instant Download)


Perhaps it takes courage to raise children..
John Steinbeck, East of Eden

Behind all your stories is always your mother's story. Because hers is where yours begin.
Mitch Albom, For One More Day

Antique engraving originally published in December 1878. This illustration shows a mother hummingbird fiercely defending her nest against a snake who is hoping to feast on her helpless baby. Can this battle end happily for the avian family? You can download this free high-res 8" x 8" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark for crafts, collage, scrapbooking or graphic design projects here.

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Art Appreciation: Celebrating Fall Colour with Franz Bischoff

"Autumn Moods" by Franz Arthur Bischoff (1864 - 1929)

Franz Bischoff was born in Austria but immigrated to the United States in 1882. Trained in ceramic decoration as a boy, he continued to further his career in porcelain painting in his new homeland. He became well-known as a leading teacher of the craft, founding the Bischoff School of Ceramic Art in Detroit and in New York City, and as a master ceramicist who manufactured many of his own glazes.

Vase decorated by Bischoff (acclaimed as "King of the Rose Painters")

He decided to settle in California in 1906, ultimately building and completing a landmark studio home at 320 Pasadena Avenue in 1908. A description of the home says: "The building was poured of solid concrete and was one-and-a half stories high. It was designed in the Renaissance style, with an imposing entry through massive oak doors with stained glass panels. The doorway was set beneath a classical pedimented portico, supported by two columns. The interior was divided between a large gallery, a studio and a complete ceramic workshop in the basement.

The gallery measured 36 feet by 40 feet. It had high, concave ceilings lighted by several half-circle skylights. The floors were of solid oak covered by old Turkish rugs and polar bear skins. All interior doors and paneling were of natural redwood in the Gothic style. The furniture was of massive oak in the Mission style. At the west end of the gallery was a huge tile-covered fireplace. The wall space throughout was covered with paintings of flowers and landscapes, and in one corner were several oak display cases containing examples of Bischoff's painted ceramics.

The painting studio had a large picture window that overlooked the Arroyo Seco, with a wide vista of the distant mountains. The studio furniture consisted of an easel, several easy chairs and low divans, all of Flemish oak."

"The Arroyo Seco, Pasadena," c1918 by Franz Bischoff
- a possible view from his studio window?

In 1912, Bischoff went on an extended tour of Europe where he studied the works of the Old Masters and the Impressionists. On his return to California, Bischoff turned to landscape painting and gradually abandoned porcelain decoration (Source: The Irvine Museum).

Although I've categorized Bischoff's works under Impressionism, I think they more accurately fall somewhere in between Impressionism and Fauvism, particularly his later works (c1920s) which show very strong, vivid colours. His background in design comes through his compositions - look how his landscapes follow clearly the rules of linear perspective, and he seems to have retained quite a bit of art nouveau graphical influence in his stylized renderings of landscape elements such as trees, rocks and mountains. This unique treatment, in addition to his use of jewel-like colour blocks, makes me feel like I'm looking st a Tiffany stained glass window.

Autumn landscape window from Tiffany Studios (1902 - 1932),
design attributed to Agnes F. Northrop (1857 - 1953) (Source: The Met)

Finally, I am closing the post with two Bischoff paintings of fall's most popular flowers - the quintessential chrysanthemums!

"Chrysanthemums" by Franz Bischoff

"Spider Mums" by Franz Bischoff

Aren't these warm colours lovely? I hope you have the opportunity of using these golden hues in your fall decorating to stave off the encroaching cooler temperatures. Pretty soon, possibly after Halloween, I'll be filling up the house and front yard with more blue-greens and reds as we head into the Christmas season but it is really nice to savour the yellows, oranges, and golds while summer is still fresh in our minds.

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