Friday, March 27, 2015

Thousands of Fantastic Easter Bunny Illustrations

Mornings at work  don't exactly begin around the water cooler, but my colleagues and I  do take a few minutes to catch up on our previous evening while settling down at our desks, fresh cup of coffee in hand.

On this particular day the conversation was all about a child losing her first tooth and her mother really losing that tooth before the tooth fairy's arrival.  It prompted a lot of stories about other misadventures we've experienced in our attempts as parents to let our kids believe in a world of magic.

Next weekend another of our favourite mythical characters is scheduled for his annual appearance. The Easter Bunny will hippity-hoppity his way around leaving goodies for little ones and pretty pastel coloured eggs, decorated with swirls and stripes, to find.

American cartoonist and author Lynda Barry has said, "We don't create a fantasy world to escape reality. We create it to be able to stay."  When we outgrow our belief in the simple mythical characters of childhood,  keeping that belief alive for our kids allows us to live vicariously in a world where nothing is unimaginable.

For today then I'm all about the Easter Bunny with these fabulous clipart collections:

iCLIPART.com
Clipart.com
Acclaim Images
ClipartGuide
ClickArt Online

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Awesome Photoshop Illustrator and GIMP Easter Tutorials

When it comes to finding images and illustrations for Easter projects, not everyone wants to go shopping for the perfect picture.  Image editing software has given a lot of creative people an option, providing a new outlet for everything from designing stationary and business cards, to scrapbooking and collages, to altering photos and creating original illustrations.

You don't have to be a professional to give it a try. Nor do you need to invest in expensive programs. From tutorials to cost-effective software you can find all the help you need online to test your artistic abilities.

The diversity of tutorials also ensures that you can find something that doesn't just appeal to you but matches your level of skill. Start slow and learn as you go.

To get you tapping into your creativity, I found some wonderful tutorials using a variety of software to inspire your Easter projects:

40+ Easter Photoshop and Illustrator Tutorials and Freebies

Draw an Easter Egg in Photoshop

Super Cute Easter Wallpaper Illustration Tutorial

Easter Photoshop Tutorial

Make a Realistic Easter Egg in GIMP

Create a Chocolate Easter Egg in Photoshop Elements

Easter Photoshop Scrapbook Tutorial

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Religious Illustrations for Easter

Last year, our family number jumped with the arrival of three more grandchildren all within a few months.  Needless to say, gatherings have been given new life, with babies passed from aunts to uncles and Grandma trying to fit a little cuddle in when she got a chance. 

It's abundantly clear that tiny tots make  holidays even more special. Though the newest additions at our home were pretty young at Christmas, our two-year-old Little Missy was a delight to watch. Opening gifts in wide-eyed wonder, her smiles, hugs and play shared with adults who have seen many years pass since they crawled around the floor, was like a fountain of youth for weary adults.

What is also clear,  however, is how, when caught up in the entertaining and social aspects of a holiday, we can forget the real reason for the celebration.  With Easter just over a week away we can look forward to the contagious spirit of little ones again. There will be chocolate, bunnies and an egg hunt and we  adults will take pleasure in their great joy at such simple things.  But, we should  also acknowledge that this is one of the most meaningful holidays of the Christian calendar.

I was born in a conservative time, in small rural town.  Be assured that my religious upbringing was well covered — by a father who was a Sunday School superintendent and sang in the church choir with my mother, and by two older siblings who both taught me in Sunday School.  Missing a service, especially during the Lenten season was not an option.

Regardless of where I am now with my faith,  I have respect for those who have strong Christian beliefs.  As I cannot then overlook this integral facet of Easter I have selected religious-themed  illustrations from three online sources:

iCLIPART.com

Clipart.com

Acclaim Images

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Thousands of Stunning Sunrise and Sunset Photos

Over the empty schoolyard to the west of my backyard, sunsets light the end of my days and I often try to position myself to catch a glimpse regardless of what I might be up to. 

Sunrises, on the other hand, are often missed, as buildings block much of the view and I'm either running around to get ready for work or sleeping in when they happen.

It was then this morning while enjoying my breakfast,  when a glance out a north-east window revealed the blends of  soft pinks and crimsons that celebrate a  new day's dawning, that I felt as delighted as a child on their birthday. I had received  a lovely gift. And even though the red sky in the morning adage is not a harbinger of good things to come weather-wise, I considered myself blessed to have caught sight of it.

Sunrises and sunsets are used as backgrounds for inspirational quotes, or as images of comfort and solace. There is something about their omnipotent beauty that both stirs the soul and calms it.  Proving my point are these gorgeous photos:

Sunsets on Water from iCLIPART.com

iPHOTOS.com Beautiful Sunsets

National Geographic Sunrises and Sunsets

27 Beautiful Sunset Pictures

50 Stunning Sunsets

Pink Sunsets

Sunrises and Sunsets by Gordon W.

Thousands of Sunset Photos

Gorgeous Sunrise Photos from Clipart.com

Monday, March 23, 2015

4 Awesome Cartoon Collections

"Keep calm and pretend it's not Monday."

Check out any social media site or go on a hunt for memes and you will find no shortage of anti-Monday quotes, jokes and comments.

No matter how much you enjoy your work, there's something about that first day of the week that doesn't really inspire much enthusiasm.  Back to the alarm clock and business as usual, we feel cheated after a taste of two days of lazy starts and unstructured routine.

So, we grudgingly rise from our beds each Monday morning, pretending we're happy to do so. Putting one step before the other we begin the ritual that will be repeated over the next five days, the minutes regimented, no extra duties undertaken as any divergence can upset the fine balance between enough time and running late.

Having taken myself through these steps this morning, once I settled down to work  it came to me that a little humour might be just the thing.  So to try and infuse a little breeziness into your Blue Monday,  here are some of my favourite collections of cartoons from iCLIPART.com

149 Fun Cartoons

Toon Images

Thousands of Adorable Cartoons

More than 8,000 Great Cartoons