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The times they are a changing !

March 23, 2020

Hi everyone, welcome to a strange time for one and all of us. I don’t want to dwell on what’s happening, nor make any particular comments as the media is filled with these already.  Sometimes, I think that it’s important to be able to find places of calm, when online too, where you are free to visit and wander without being bombarded with reminders of the world outside or the writer’s personal politics. I hope Fishinkblog is one of these places for us all.

I wanted to remind everyone that Fishinkblog has now been going for 10 years, which means there’s 10 whole years of blogposts to drift back through and read.. all 1,250 of them !!! Plenty for even the most bored of readers to contemplate !

You can look for specific names or topics using the search function box on the right of the blog, or if you like (for example) Midcentury work, then scroll down to the section headed

“Mid century Artists Posts on Fishinkblog”

and you’ll find a list of what or who has been covered there to date. I also thought that today I’d pick out a few artists, whose sites I’ve enjoyed visiting over the years, or simply work that has made me smile for one reason or another. I hope they flow out and bring amusement to you too. Do (as ever) please leave a comment and let me know.

Let’s start with the stunning work of Claire Ireland and her ceramic beasts.

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Vriad Lee, these needle felted animals are so wonderfully serene.

Michael Sowa, I adore his little characters off on their day to day adventures. Wouldn’t they make a great animation.

Some sixties illustration from married artists John Ross and Clare Romano.

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Fishinkblog 6724 John Ross & Clare Romano Ross 3a

Cartoon cookery illustration from Bill Charmatz.

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A sense of wonderment and tranqility from Joey Chou.


Well behaved pooches by Christian Robinson.

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Beautiful scenic drawing from John Minton.

Or a little nature studies by Peter Donnelly.

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Finally some sunny and summery illustrations from Paul Evans.

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Just look at that yellow.. wow !

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Needless to say there’s so much enjoyment to be had by losing yourself in another artists world for an hour. Grab a cuppa, sit yourself down and recharge your imagination and your smile cells !!  Thanks for accompanying me on my own continued journey and I hope you are staying safe, being kind and keeping well.

14 Comments leave one →
  1. March 23, 2020 9:29 am


    • March 23, 2020 9:32 am

      Thanks Judy

    • March 23, 2020 9:57 pm

      Judy Watson, I ‘second’ that! Thanks Craig. The little rabbit with the overcoat could be Peter Rabbit’s city cousin… wonder what sort of mischief he would get into? Yes, your selections are a wonderful, make-me-smile, beautiful diversion. Thanks for your 10 years of inspirational toil! Much appreciated!

      • March 24, 2020 8:40 am

        As ever I appreciate your thoughts and comments too Joy. The City Cousin makes perfect sense… any takers out there in the animation world ? Hope you’re keeping well.

  2. March 23, 2020 11:18 am

    Congratulations with a decade of inspiring posts. As you know I always enjoy the treasures you manage to discover and present to your readers. A much needed haven of quiet enjoyment and inspiration.

  3. March 23, 2020 11:19 am

    Always great to hear, thanks for your thoughts.

  4. March 23, 2020 1:18 pm


  5. Carol permalink
    March 23, 2020 2:53 pm

    This was a lovely start to the day. Thank you!

  6. March 24, 2020 12:43 pm

    So loved your introduction and mainly CONGRATULATIONS for 10 years celebration
    I raise a virtual glass to you

    • March 24, 2020 2:54 pm

      Aww thank you Clare, hoping things are well with you all in France. Keep safe and look forward to hearing more of your future plans for your dad’s site in due course. X

  7. April 9, 2020 12:38 am

    Thank you so much for all of your content. It’s like a treasure chest – many truly delightful artists to discover on your blog!! Please keep going ! And take care > <

    • April 9, 2020 8:23 am

      Thank you Christina for your lovely comments. Much appreciated. I hope this finds you well.

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