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Fishink Christmas 2019

December 24, 2019

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Hello everyone, and welcome. You’ve found me at the final Fishink post for the year : ( but don’t be glum, because there’s plenty to see : )

I’ve used some of these images before but to be honest when I was assembling ideas for the christmas blog, I couldn’t find much that rivalled what I already had. So I just added more to it to make a soooper bumper post !

I have enjoyed us travelling together throughout the year and thank you for keeping me company with your thoughts and comments. It’s been a particularly gloomy year politically here in the UK and even though I try not to bring politics into my art life it does drip, drip, drip into my conscious and subconscious thoughts. Let’s hope we can find a better direction, sometime soon.

I’d like to also say a big H E L L O  to all the people who have ‘schnook-in the Fishink Blog backdoor’ and are now fully signed up, (albeit silent), members of the online community. Yes, that means YOU and that lady at the back with the big hair and fifties spectacles ! lol.  Welcome one and all, and did you know this blog now has over 1000 email followers who receive my posts every time they are unleashed into the creative ether ! Keep spreading the word to your friends and followers and together we can turn Fishink Blog into a worldwide creative community.

Have a fab, safe and restful holiday and I look forward to catching up with you all again in early 2020.

We start off with a few illustrations with Santa Claus.  Did you know that he used to be depicted in green clothing and viewed more as a pagan figure ? and it’s influences like Coca Cola from the 1920’s and 30’s that helped turn his clothes red as we know them today.

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I’m loving the Beatle Bauble ! Yeah yeah yeah !

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Santa on a moped and in a flying bus, I wonder if J.K Rowling had seen these books before Harry Potter ?

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A lovely vintage Radio Times cover here.

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A few snowy themed book covers too.

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Then thinking about christmas stamps.

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A couple of sixties artists I discovered recently.

Baubles and decorations.

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Swish and stylish reindeers.

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Christmas trees and wrapping papers.

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A few gifts I’m sure you ladies wouldn’t ‘die for’.

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The same for you guys.

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Christmas advertising.

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Some rather dodgy looking christmas treats for your table from Jello, Bakeo and Dexo… Oh No !

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A little snow from the oriental shores.

And to bring us to a final more restful place. Martin and Alice Provensen and their beautiful version of the Twelve Days Of Christmas.

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Happy times to one and all and I’ll look forward to catching up in a few weeks. Thanks for all your regular comments and additions, they are REALLY appreciated and help to make Fishink Blog into more of a community too. Please do let me know your thoughts on the posts, the blog and if you have any ideas for featured artists, or work you’d like to share with us (that you feel would fit the Fishink criteria) then do drop me a line … craig at

If you’re missing Fishink Blog over the holidays do take a look through the back posts, I’m sure you’ll have missed one or two.

Which ones were you favourites of the year ?  Have a lovely restful break, be kind to your family and neighbours, and of course a ‘Merry Fishmas’ to everyone, see you in 2020. So it’s goodbye from me and it’s goodbye from Boo too : )

Christmas Boo

22 Comments leave one →
  1. December 24, 2019 2:18 pm

    So many great images here, thank you!!! I especially love the Larousse santa poster; any idea of who the artist is?
    Thank you for being a reliably inspirational haven on the web.
    Here’s hoping for more light and love in 2020 (we’re feeling pretty weary on the US side of the Atlantic, too!).

    • December 24, 2019 6:59 pm

      Thanks CP, sorry I collected them about 4 years ago and not all of the illustrators were named. I hope you have a lovely American Christmas too… even with your own slice of weary!

  2. December 24, 2019 2:22 pm

    Joyous Christmas and Happy New Year

  3. Sarah Anderson permalink
    December 24, 2019 2:57 pm

    Wow, sooo much loveliness. Thanks for the time you spend doing this Craig, it truly is a delight to the eyes. Happy Christmas xx

  4. Carol permalink
    December 24, 2019 4:41 pm

    This is lovely. Thank you! Happy holidays to you, and may we all have more peace in the coming year.

  5. December 24, 2019 8:26 pm

    Love this, thank you for assembling!

    Not sure if you were trying to be 100% vintage or not but that Charlie Browns Christmas is a contemporary image by artist Tom Whalen.

    Can’t wait to see what you have in store for next year!

    • December 25, 2019 11:33 am

      Thanks Dom, not totally vintage no, my wandering tend to take in anything that catches my eye these days, but thank you for the info on the illustrator. I grew up on Snoopy so it always makes me smile. Happy 2020

  6. Ben Redman permalink
    December 24, 2019 11:55 pm

    Craig, your blog is fantastic, thank you for introducing me to designers I had never heard of. Wishing you and Boo a very merry Christmas. Ben

    Sent from my iPhone


    • December 25, 2019 11:30 am

      Thank you Ben, great to hear we’re on the same wavelength. Have a jolly time too

  7. nkvorka permalink
    December 25, 2019 1:23 am

    Amazing post and pictures, thank you and Happy Christmas to you Nancy K.

  8. tinamh2 permalink
    December 25, 2019 1:30 pm

    Your blog is always delightful and interesting! Thank you for sharing everything with all of us! Have a nice holiday time!

    • December 25, 2019 2:07 pm

      Thank you Tina for you kind thoughts, it’s great that I have that bond with my readers. Happy Jollies too

  9. December 25, 2019 2:05 pm

    I’m so glad to have recently discovered and to now follow your blog! I love this Christmas post so much. It takes me back to my childhood in so many ways.
    Looking forward to your posts in the New Year. Happy 2020 from Brooklyn, NY 🙂

    • December 25, 2019 2:11 pm

      Hi there, so glad to have you join the Fishink friends, and I’m very jealous that you live in Brooklyn. One of my fav places, the last time I visited NY, some 10 yrs ago. I must get around to catching up with the changes someday soon. So glad gave you some childhood reminders too, I appreciate you letting me know.

  10. Jennifer Mullan permalink
    December 27, 2019 7:23 am

    Thank you for all the hard work you put in to Fishink
    I really enjoy your visits to places, like the Manchester School of

    • December 27, 2019 10:41 am

      Aww thank you Jennifer, great to hear it’s all appreciated 😀

  11. Cindi L permalink
    December 30, 2019 7:42 am

    This is one to come back to, again and again! By the way, I tried following links to your recommended sites but, sadly, a number appear to be down now. In any case, thank you for all the lovely posts and views of your pieces on Instagram too. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 🍾 🧨 💥

  12. December 30, 2019 12:39 pm

    Thanks Cindi, yes some of the links are nearly 10 years old and people change their site names without a forwarding link through so we all loose out. It’s been a task I’ve not been looking forward to, in going through them all and deleting the ones not working. I hope you’ve managed to Google the artist and discover their new sites. I’m glad to still introduce new names to people all the same. Happy approaching NY to you too.

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