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My 1000th Fishink blog Post !!!

November 16, 2015

WOW, now I am officially old, 1000 blog posts old to be exact !  Who would have thought, way back in 2010 that I would reach this milestone and still be enjoying and exploring my illustrative ride ?

I must say that it has been a real privilege to create Fishink Blog and to bring you all of the stories and illustrations over the last five years. Thanks to all the hundreds of artists who have given me permission to do this. I’ve really enjoyed working with different publishers to help promote books that I adore, liaising with fellow illustrators and creative folk at fairs, shows, exhibitions or simply over a piece of cake and a coffee. It has made my five year ride simply speed by. I have gained new friendships, both on and off line and so I most of all want to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who’s been on my journey with me, either part of the way or throughout the entire ‘Thelma and Louise’ Fishink road trip ; )

I must also confess, that the truth in writing a blog, is that it can be both incredibly frustrating and rewarding at the same time. The hours are long.  Posting three times a week, doing all the research, finding/assembling the images and setting up the Q&A sessions, all takes up a large percentage of two to three days work. All just purely for the love of writing and sharing my appreciation of the arts and all things creatively visual.

Most importantly it would be great to have more people commenting. Perhaps everyone is getting as busy as I am or perhaps my readers don’t all speak English but when you can sometimes almost hear that on-line, ether-made, tumble weed blowing around amongst the silence of your blog posts, then I sometimes crave a little more audience participation lol.

But generally, (thankfully), those times have tended to be few and far between. They completely pale into insignificance when I get a random comment from some mid-century illustrator’s son or granddaughter that I’ve featured, telling me how proud they are to see their relative’s work on my pages. It’s a joy to feel that by writing about them, that their work is almost reborn to a more contemporary audience, who may not otherwise have ever come across their illustrations. That is such a wonderful feeling, and I feel so lucky to be instrumental in making that happen.

Or when that one shy person (who never, ever, normally comments) steps out of their comfort zone to declare how much they have enjoyed viewing something I’ve created, or how a post has somehow reminded them of happy times from their youth. I like how a reader’s thoughts on a post agrees (or even disagrees) with my own. These times are what a blogger, like myself, dreams of.  This I feel, is what keeps us all engaged, alive, happy and energised to go on creating more.

Some figures from the blog show that it now has around 16,000 views per month. That I’ve featured over 9,500 collaged pictures over the last 5 years and there are over 700 of you who receive a daily email and another 1000 followers on my Fishink Facebook Page, 900 on Pinterest and a further 400 on Instagram … all pretty impressive for a small art blog. This year, I was delighted to be one of the top ten runners up for the UK Blog Awards and also when artist Mark Hearld, included my blog in his top five on-line reads. Praise indeed.

With that in mind, readers, I feel that I have reached a time in my blogging life, when I see a need for me to branch out into other artistic areas. During the last year, I felt that my time had been so overly-stretched and realised that in order to try and accommodate and continue all the things I love doing, that something had to change.  I concluded that we can only maintain very intense periods in our creative lives for so long, before something has to give way and make room for fresh and exciting events to happen. After all, it’s how we enable ourselves to grow and encourage the discovery of the ‘new’, to re-nourish our own creativity.

So on reaching my 1000th post and in an attempt to create some new space in my life for fresh creativity, I’ve decided to reduce my blog-posting to just once a week. I don’t want the blog to fall away completely, but neither can I afford to keep working for three days a week just for the love of illustration alone. I hope that this will be a happy solution for all.

I’ve decided to concentrate this post on a retro reminisce, featuring some of the posts that stand out in my memory as ‘top times’.  Either for the artist the post celebrates, the times they represent or just because the work is pretty dog-darn amazing !

Hope you also enjoy the look back in time with me….. do let me know : )

For the contemporary painters I wish to recall the work of Mary Sumner,

Fishinkblog 6912 Mary Sumner 4

Este MacLeod, 

Fishinkblog 6472 Este MacLeod 5

Clive Hicks-Jenkins 

Fishinkblog 8676 Clive Hicks-Jenkins 20

and the almost ‘too many to count’ posts on modern day favourites like Angie Lewin,

Fishinkblog 6827 Angie Lewin at YSP 6

Mark Heard and Emily Sutton.

Fishinkblog 9024 Emily Sutton 3

Modern day ceramics by Ramp Ceramics

Claire Loder

Claire Ireland

Fishinkblog 7294 Claire Ireland 6

Makoto Kagoshima

Fishinkblog 8714 Makoto Kagoshima 7

Makiko Hastings

Fishinkblog 7986 Makiko Hastings 11

and more retro work from Lisa Larson

Fishinkblog 8146 Lisa Larson 1

Aldo Londi

Fishinkblog 9364 Aldo Londi Bitossi 5

Jonathan Adler

Fishinkblog 6820 Jonathan Adler 9

and Baldelli.

Baldelli cat

Mid-century Illustrator-wise my favourites are still Helen Borten

Fishinkblog 6523 Helen Borten 13

Mary Blair

Roger Duvoisin

Fishinkblog 5437 Roger Duvoisin 17

Bernice Myers

Abner Graboff

Fishinkblog 7182 Abner Graboff 13

More present day would be Benji Davies

Fishinkblog 7965 Benji Davies 1

Jon Klassen

Laura Carlin


and Chris Haughton

Of course there are many, many, MANY more and these are just a few who spring instantly to mind. I will share some more favourites over the coming weeks. Please let me know if you like my selection or if you have other posts that you remember more strongly and for what reasons.

Lastly a vote of thanks to my core contributors, you know who you are and your comments have kept me going over the years and have been very much appreciated : )  Look forward to hearing from you over the next 1000 posts, thanks for being on this journey too, it’s good to have like-minded friends all over the globe : ) Happy 1000th to you all !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fishinkblog 9708 1000 th post

53 Comments leave one →
  1. Elaine Revans permalink
    November 16, 2015 9:52 am

    Wow!!! 1000 blogs. Congratulations Craig – that is some achievement. Thank you for enabling me to see some truly stunning art, illustrations & photos that I would not otherwise have seen. Your blogs add a huge splash of colour to my world & are always a welcome start to my day.

    Keep blogging my friend. May we see much more. Looking forward to the next thousand.


    • November 16, 2015 9:58 am

      Thanks Elaine, always a comment and a warm thought from your good self to keep me going too. So nice when it’s a reciprocal arrangement : ) C x

  2. November 16, 2015 10:06 am

    Congratulations Craig on all your 1000 fabulous articles. I totally appreciate all the work and precious time they have needed. I will still be looking forward to your weekly posts and as I am sure I speak for many others when I say, ” Sorry not to respond more often but it definitely does not mean you are blogging into a vacuum” we all appreciate and are interested in your posts. Keep up the weekly blog please, xxx

    • November 16, 2015 3:58 pm

      Cheers Barbara. I know it’s not quite a vacuum out there, but it’s really great to hear from everyone today too. I appreciate both your time and feedback today.

  3. November 16, 2015 10:24 am

    Wowzers Craig, you are a blogging king! 1000 blogs takes a lot of work and research so thank you for working your little fingers off for us and bringing so many fantastic artists to our attention! Its wonderful to see some of your favourites on this post and it reminds me how many fabulous artists there are working today! I look forward to seeing your blog continue into the future and to learning about all the newcomers to the art world! I hope in the meantime you can take a moment to put your feet up, pat yourself on the back and have a glass of your favourite tipple to celebrate!! Keep up the great work hon, love and hugs! xxxx

    • November 16, 2015 3:37 pm

      Thanks Lizzie, for your constant support, uplifting observations and overall feel good factor return comments. Keep inspiring us too : )

      • November 16, 2015 5:38 pm

        Its all down to your wonderful artistic eye picking out inspiring artists! You’ve always been my inspiration and blogging mentor and I always look forward to each and every post & its almost impossible not to comment as you find such gems! You’ve curated such a fabulous library of artists so far, just think how much you can cover with the next 1000 posts! Exciting times!!!! xxxxxxx

  4. Harris permalink
    November 16, 2015 10:32 am

    I’m not an illustrator or artist but I have enjoyed looking at illustrations from storybooks that I did not know. I think I have probably started to appreciate the skill, beauty, sensitivity and humour in these illustrations as a result of your posts. I did discover Rena Gardiner through your page and also some ceramicists. I haven’t posted before but I have enjoyed your articles. I think that once a week would be great. Thank you for all your efforts.

    • November 16, 2015 3:56 pm

      Thanks Harris for your thoughts, It’s wonderful to know that my posts reach a wider audience than those who are already working in the arts, and are appreciated by many others too. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, much appreciated.

  5. November 16, 2015 10:42 am

    YeY! 1000th blogpost!! Congratulations on the achievement!!!! 😀 I must inspire by you. You are really doing fabulous job, I absolutely like your all blogposts and it gave me lots of inspiration to produce more better artworks. I wish to see some Indian artist to be featured here on your blog as well… keep doing awesome blogposts! 🙂

  6. November 16, 2015 10:46 am

    Happy 1000th Craig! That’s rather impressive – you do an amazing job and your love of art is very inspiring!! Keep up the good work, I know how much work and research goes into everything you post. You do a fantastic job and have helped to inspire lots of people – myself included – time for a well deserved sit down with coffee and cake!
    speak soon C

    • November 16, 2015 3:42 pm

      Cheers Craig, you’ve also been a welcome source of inspiration for me too.. our tastes in illustration are sometimes too similar to not be spooky ! The coffee, cake and whole name thing is also a common theme. Let’s get together to do some of each soon. Craig

  7. November 16, 2015 2:35 pm

    Congratulations on your blogging milestone! I only found your blog recently and am very glad I did. We seem to have a very similar taste in art so your blog posts either serve to remind me of works and artists I had forgotten or introduce me to new ones – mostly the latter – for which I am very grateful.

    • November 16, 2015 3:44 pm

      Aww thank you Laura and you’re a very welcome addition to the blog commentators too. Glad our tastes cross over, keep reading and sharing.

  8. November 16, 2015 3:23 pm

    You have introduced me to a whole new world of artists to draw inspiration from and I’m ever grateful for that. Thank you and congrats on a job very well done!

    • November 16, 2015 3:45 pm

      Cheers Joanie, and thanks for being a reader who comments too.

  9. isoqlts permalink
    November 16, 2015 3:27 pm

    I’m sorry I have not taken the time to comment on your blog. It seems we have similar taste in art. 🙂 I am a fiber artist and I totally love your illustration blog for inspiration! I have gone on to look further into quite a large number of the artists who’s work you have posted, sometimes even hunting down the books and purchasing them. I look forward to the blog and take time with each one to look at all the illustrations. Thank you for taking time to post the blog and keep those wonderful illustrations coming! Peg from Nebraska, USA

    • November 16, 2015 3:51 pm

      Hi Peg, how fab to hear from you and all the way from Nebraska too.. wow. Great to hear that my posts are inspirational to yourself (another artist too), always a joy to hear that and I appreciate it that you’ve taken the time today to also say Hi. It’s lovely to know who my readers are and to put some names and careers to them too. Hope the work of fiber-art is going well for you. Do keep us posted

  10. Vivianne permalink
    November 16, 2015 3:58 pm

    Your blogs bring me inspiration and joy every week — thank you so much.

    • November 16, 2015 3:59 pm

      Great to hear that Vivianne. Glad to hear we are on the same page : )

  11. Julie permalink
    November 16, 2015 4:18 pm

    Congratulations! I’m a new reader, and am so pleased that you’ll continue blogging. This site is full of inspiration for me!

    • November 16, 2015 4:45 pm

      Thanks Julie and a warm welcome to the Fishink team : )

  12. November 16, 2015 4:18 pm

    Thanks so much for your blog. I really enjoy it. I first found you when I was searching for children’s book illustrations. As a recent retiree exploring my own creative sides I find your blog delightful and inspiring. Glad you’re making time for your own creative endeavors. Thanks again, Terri, Ohio USA

    • November 16, 2015 5:18 pm

      Thank you Terri. Congrats on your retirement and I hope this has now freed up much time for you to delve into all those old posts on my blog lol Enjoy your freedom.

  13. Elaine permalink
    November 16, 2015 7:02 pm

    Congratulations Craig (& Boo)! 🙂

    • November 16, 2015 9:06 pm

      Thanks Elaine, my blog is three years pre-Boo ! : ) She’ll be pleased with the mention all the same.

  14. November 16, 2015 7:03 pm

    Wow, Craig – 1000 blogs – that’s some achievement, especially when every single post has been so interesting, well written and so thoroughly researched! Thank you for them all, and for the introduction to work that I might not have seen otherwise. Good luck with all your other work and I’ll look forward to your weekly blog. Sorry I haven’t always commented to show my appreciation – I’ll try to do so in future!

  15. November 16, 2015 10:02 pm

    I’ll be Thelma if you’ll be Louise… he he. Actually, I’m more Louise than Thelma. Anyways, when I opened your post, glitter and confetti rained from the sky… congratulations. I know this blog is a tremendous amount of work and I so appreciate all the artists/art work you have brought to our attention. Art, color, and creativity is in my soul, and you have provided the nourishment! We all get to sit back with our feet up and enjoy the hours of effort you have put into this. Much, much appreciated. There may have been one or two teensy little artist’s work I might not have cared for, but I can’t recall who they were…

    One of my favorites was this: Hope I got that right. So elegant! And another fave comes to mind, but I’ll have to go search my ‘Fishnik Folder’. Seems as if it was a female Mexican artist who used very vibrant colors and you also featured photos of her studio… that is always a bonus.

    Once again, congratulations and yes, if you have that many Followers, for goodness sake, at least 100 should make a comment every time… or at least maybe we can squeeze a ‘Like’ out of them. 😉

  16. November 16, 2015 10:03 pm

    oops… ‘Fishink’, not Fishnik. sorry.

  17. November 16, 2015 10:10 pm

    Congratulations!!!!Your blog is a lovely precious stone: thank you!

  18. neatokeenetsy permalink
    November 16, 2015 10:56 pm

    My heartiest congratulations on reaching this milestone, Craig! Your investigative research and compilations of images are second to none. You are truly a rock star in the blogosphere. Wishing you all the best as you enter this next phase! Cindy

    • November 17, 2015 9:50 am

      Cheers Cindy, A rock star eh ! WOW! Oh and thank you for your literary and visual contributions to my blog this year too. Are we on for more to come ? Take care Craig

  19. Sharon permalink
    November 16, 2015 11:13 pm

    Congrats, I love your Blog, it’s a feast for the eyes x

  20. Allan Jones permalink
    November 16, 2015 11:56 pm

    Congratulations on your 1000th blog post, I very much enjoy and look forward to reading your blog each week. I have discovered through your blog many artists and designer’s new to me over the last couple of years, and look forward to discovering many more.. Keep up the good work Craig, I really appreciate the hard work you put in each week. Your weekly blogs have helped towards reigniting my own creativity and I have started to produce artwork again. So please keep blogging.

    • November 17, 2015 9:39 am

      Hi Allan, many thanks for your kind and encouraging words. How lovely to hear that you’ve been encouraged to be creative again through reading the blog… I feel my work here is done lol : ) Keep it up.

  21. Jennifer Mullan permalink
    November 17, 2015 7:44 am

    Sorry that you find the silence deafening at times.  Love your blog,  and especially some of todays.  I tend to try to remain invisible online and don’t usually send messages. Congratulations on your 1000th blog, even if you don’t hear from your admirers we are all out there.Thanks

    • November 17, 2015 9:37 am

      Thank you Jennifer, for popping out of your invisibility cloak to say hello, lol. It does make all the difference to hear from you, rather than seeing a ‘1’ on my visitors count. Much appreciated : )

  22. November 17, 2015 7:49 am

    Wow, Craig – 1000 blogs – that’s some achievement, especially when every single post has been so interesting, well written and so thoroughly researched! Thank you for them all, and for the introduction to work that I might not have seen otherwise. Good luck with all your other work and I’ll look forward to your weekly blog. Sorry I haven’t always commented to show my appreciation – I’ll try to do so in future!

    • November 17, 2015 9:55 am

      Many thanks Isobel, for your kind words and encouragement.

  23. November 17, 2015 9:26 am

    So glad to hear you’ll be continuing the blog – I love it. Fabulous artwork, a real delight. I wish you all the best with your own work away from the blog, and here’s to the next 1000!

    • November 17, 2015 9:56 am

      Cheers Pat, I’ll let you know from time to time how it’s all going. Flippers crossed lol

  24. November 21, 2015 8:50 pm

    I so enjoy your blog, the illustrations are fantastic and being a mid century girl, they appeal to me! I have found them often inspiring for quilting patterns and shapes, the shapes sophisticated but simple, so good for children’s books to feature such great illustrations . Please keep on blogging if only once a week!

    • November 22, 2015 4:35 am

      Thank you Sue. Great to hear that there are many of us mid century folk out there lol fab to hear from you and that you’ll still be tuning in to the posts in the months to come. Happy weekend. Craig

  25. Cindi L permalink
    November 23, 2015 7:44 am

    I ALWAYS enjoy your blog and am glad to see Angie Lewis featured, but the variety is what I appreciate most.

    • November 23, 2015 10:50 am

      Thanks Cindi, great to hear from you and what you appreciate about my blog too. It’s the spice of life lol

  26. janelittlefieldglass permalink
    November 23, 2015 11:19 am

    CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR 1000 BLOG, Its great to have a reminder of the posts you have made in the past, some truly inspiring artists and designers. Looking forward to the weekly blog x

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