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Nelson Mandela 1918 – 2013
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RIP

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Photographs taken on various visits to beautiful South Africa between 2001 and 2012

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Thanks to everyone who has stopped by sakurasnow this year, and for your fun, supportive, inspiring comments. And thanks to all of you who have bought my prints ‘n things over at Etsy – I’m humbled, honoured, and grateful. You guys rock!

I’ll be closing my Etsy shop for the rest of 2012 at the end of tomorrow (Friday 7 Dec), so if you’re still hunting for the perfect gift for the trickier members of your gift-giving circle head over to my shop before Friday ends (everywhere in the world) and you might find just the thing for…

the beachcomber

part of 'An amateur naturalist's specimen collection'

the entomologistand the larva-lover

part of 'An amateur naturalist's specimen collection'

the collector

'Curiosity Cabinet' creatures

the cephalopod-o-phile

'Octopus & Anemones'

the ornithologist

'Owl in Oak'

and the panthera pal

'Panthera Pair' - 100% donation to Panthera wild cat conservation group when you purchase this print

… in your life.

100% of the ‘Panthera Pair’ print price will be donated to the Panthera wild cat conservation group, and all orders placed (for anything) will receive* a couple of kirigami snowflake cards as a thank you.

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* while stocks last ;)
In the unlikely event that stocks don’t last I’ll send some specimen collection cards instead.

R.I.P Mr Sendak
Thank you for your wonderful wild things!

A few days ago I received a wonderful New Year gift in the post from my very talented friend Yoko – one of her minutely detailed and exquisitely coloured copperplate etchings, entitled ‘guardian dragon’ (in celebration of 2012, the year of the Dragon).

‘guardian dragon’ by Yoko Hayashi

We’re very honoured to have such a handsome creature watching over us in 2012 – thank you, Yoko!

You can find more of Yoko’s beautiful work on her blog or her Flickr photostream – if you’re in need of a bit of magic do go and have a look.

While on the subject of prints (and dragons), I am close to completing a new series of little screenprints (with the working title “an amateur naturalist’s specimen collection”). The series consists of eight specimens (each in an edition of 13), and some of the critters include hand-coloured details (which has been a time-consuming, but satisfyingly obsessive, process ;). Here is one of them, simply entitled ‘larva’ – he started out life as some sort of crustacean larva, but now that I know 2012 is the year of the Dragon I like to imagine that he might be a very young dragon…

I have just finished packaging up a big order of the ‘Panthera Pair’ cards I made a while ago, and while doing so I was reminded that I quite forgot to mention them here! So, here goes… ‘Panthera Pair’ greeting cards are currently available in my shop.

The message I hoped to convey with the motif of a leopard and a tiger in peaceful repose is one of restfulness, peace and harmony… all good things to aim for at this time of year, and for always, methinks.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has purchased one of my limited edition ‘Panthera Pair’ prints in aid of the Panthera wild cat conservation group – I’m grateful to you, and so far we have together been able to donate $225 to Panthera! I still have some prints available, and I think they’d make excellent gifts or stocking-fillers for your animal-loving, conservation-minded friends and family (they receive a limited edition print and the warm fuzzy feeling that comes from knowing that 100% of the purchase price has been donated to a very worthwhile, much-needed conservation effort).

Place your orders for cards or limited edition prints by 11am (GMT) tomorrow (Tuesday 6 December) and I’ll make sure they’re in the post to you tomorrow afternoon for Christmas delivery *

The cards and limited edition prints are available in the bright orange/yellow colourways illustrated above, but also in crisp, minimalist black and white:

* international postal services willing!

Updated 6 Dec 2011, midday: there are some ‘Panthera Pair’ cards & prints still available in the shop, but postal delivery in time for Christmas (to destinations beyond Europe) can no longer be guaranteed…

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Darkroom shenanigans! (My ‘darkroom’ is simply an area in my studio that can be enclosed by light-proof curtains when needed. Grayson had not yet discovered this fluid ‘space within a space’ and was mightily intrigued when I recently used it while exposing some screens for a new print) - #darkroom #lightproof #blackoutcurtains #black #grey #cat #greeneyes #grayson #explorer #onelungedwonder #MegaLung #ThinGreyDuke #catsofinstagram #screenprinting #zeefdruk #lowkey #lowkey_photography -
This was a relatively good inking session, but the intense & unprecedented heatwave we’ve been experiencing in NL has had some ‘interesting’ effects on my drawing ink – turning it (and me!) into a rapidly congealing, sticky mess. The second pic illustrates a particularly bad inking session when, on lifting the freshly dipped pen to continue drawing, the entire inkpot came with it and crash-landed across the drawing. Ugh… a sticky mess indeed! This is, of course, a very trivial effect of the #climatebreakdown we now find ourselves in the midst of, but no less vexing for its insignificance in the great scheme of things… #no_use_crying_over_spilt_ink - #drawing #inking #indianink #encredechine #dippen #spillage #blunder #stickymess #sunlight #shadow #organic #pattern #mycelium #tangled #chaos #climatecollapse - Thankfully today is a cooler, rainy day… perfect inking conditions! -
A jaw-dropping summer sunset in Haarlemtown this evening… - #sunset #summer #evening #sun #light #golden_orb #dusk #clouds #roofgardenviews #haarlem #dutch_sky #painterly #colour #awe_inspiring #nature -
A parade of pampered pups at London’s National Gallery (@national_gallery) - Details from the following paintings: - Gerard David, ‘Christ Nailed to the Cross’, c.1481 - Thomas Gainsborough, ‘The Morning Walk’, 1785 - Gerard David, ‘The Virgin and Child with Saints and Donor’, c.1510 - Luca Giordano, ‘Homage to Velazquez’, 1692-1700 - Francois-Hubery Drouais, ‘Madame de Pompadour at her Tambour Frame’, 1763-4 - #dogs #canidae #canis_lupus_familiaris #pomeraniansheepdog #lapdog #hairlessdog #skull #mementomori #art #arthistory #painting #oiloncanvas #oilonoak #colour #pattern #gallery #museum #nationalgallery #trafalgarsquare #london -
I will always make a beeline to this painting when visiting London’s National Gallery (@national_gallery). It captures the lashing winds and torrential rains of a tropical jungle storm beautifully, and I love the surprised expression on the tiger’s face captured at the moment lightning strikes. - Two details from Henri Rousseau’s ‘Surprised!’, 1891, oil on canvas - #art #arthistory #rousseau #henrirousseau #surprised #tiger #jungle #foliage #verdant #lush #tropical #storm #rain #lightning #painting #oiloncanvas #colour #gallery #museum #nationalgallery #trafalgarsquare #london #catsofinstagram
Vegan heaven in 16th Century Antwerp! (at London’s @national_gallery) - Two details from the painting ‘The Four Elements: Earth’ by Joachim Beuckelaer, 1569, oil on canvas. Swipe left for a mouth-wateringly vivid abundance of juicy fruits… and left again for this painting’s violent counterpoint: ‘The Four Elements: Fire’ (detail), Joachim Beuckelaer, 1570, oil on canvas - #vegan #fruit #vegetables #plants #plenty #crueltyfree #abundance #earth #compassion - #art #arthistory #beuckelaer #joachimbeuckelaer #flemish #painting #oiloncanvas #colour #gallery #museum #nationalgallery #trafalgarsquare #london -

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