Thursday, February 22, 2024
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New Holiday and Winter Garden Flags

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New garden flags, “Star of Wonder” and “First Light”.

I tried to catch our convenient little snowfall for these photos, but no luck! Still, I didn’t want to wait for another snow to bring these out—here are my seasonal garden flags for the holidays and winter, now gently waving out in my front yard.

“Star of Wonder” garden flag

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“Star of Wonder” garden flag, waving gently.
holiday card featuring kittens looking at star
Can We Get That Thing?

When the Fantastic Four were just the Curious Quartet, four rambunctious black kittens and their mama Mimi, I began visualizing feline silhouettes as designs for so many things. Watching them from tiny fuzzballs growing into curious, lithe and active cats I also thoroughly enjoyed observing their changing silhouettes, taking many reference photos along the way. While no one was clamoring to adopt them—as we know, black cats are difficult to adopt—at about 15 months I decided they needed to stay with me for art reasons because I was already hooked on all the ideas I’d developed. I’m sure you’ll agree that was a wise decision.

In 2011 I designed the image above, “Star of Wonder” as well as another at right, “Can We Get That Thing?”, and offered them as holiday cards. This year I have a new version of those cards with a greeting inside and decided I’d like a holiday garden flag as well. The design “Can We Get That Thing?” just didn’t work on the flag no matter what I did and that was a disappointment, but “Star of Wonder” is simple and elegant.

This flag has the same image on the back, mirrored so that no silhouettes show through. You can enjoy it from any angle!

This “Star of Wonder” garden flag is available in my Etsy shop, and for all orders between now and Thanksgiving I’ll include a holiday card in the same design for you to use for your holiday greetings.

“First Light” Garden Flag

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“First Light” garden flag.
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“First Light”, brush pen and watercolor, 7″ x 9″ © B.E. Kazmarski

This image began as a daily sketch using my brush pen and watercolors. Though it’s a little more involved the the smaller pieces I generally create for my sketches it was an inspiration to follow after visualizing for several days. I watched Mimi on the bathroom windowsill where we watch the sunrise, and this was such a strong visual one morning I decided I’d simply do the sketch no matter how long it took.

You can read the original post about First Light from nearly a year ago and see the original artwork full size, especially since I could not avoid a slight breeze when I photographed these flags and the images are just a little blurry. To make this artwork into a flag I filled in around the edges with black, and also reversed out my signature at the bottom right. Outside the window the sky is in morning tones fading from pale blue at the top to creamy pale yellow at the bottom.

This flag also has the same image on the back, mirrored so that no silhouettes show through. I had actually designed this flag with the first set of flags in April, but decided the image was wintery in comparison to the other garden flags and waited until now when it matches the season to offer it.

This “First Light” garden flag is available in my Etsy shop.

Holiday Cards and Gifts

All my other garden flag designs are also available in my Etsy shop along with a large selection of holiday cards featuring cats, of course, pets, birds and nature.

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Mr. Sunshine inspecting my sewing machine.

Take a look at other new merchandise and featured artwork.

Once a week on Thursday I feature something new in my “shop”, whether that’s here on The Creative Cat, in my Etsy shop, on my main website or even at one of the bricks and mortar shops that carry my work.

 Read about creating custom items

Find out more about creating custom items for your own home using the images you see here. Visit the “Ordering Custom Art” page to see samples and read bout how to order.

 It’s all done under the close and careful supervision of my studio cats! Mr. Sunshine inspected my sewing machine and had the whole thing figured out before I even sat down to thread it.

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© 2013 | | Published by Bernadette E. Kazmarski



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6 thoughts on “New Holiday and Winter Garden Flags

  • da tabbies o trout towne

    furst lite brush N pen waterz color iz way rockin mom B !!!

    • Thanks, Tabbies, it’s still one of those moments I remember so clearly, from inspiration to reality.

  • maru clavier

    Those are great! Beautiful, very beautiful.


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