Spring seems to be creeping up on us as we enter March! Time seems to be speeding up, doesn’t it?
In March there are several key calendar dates: St David’s day is today (happy St David’s day to all those with Welsh connections); World Book Day on the 4th; International Women’s Day on the 8th; Mother’s Day (in the UK) on the 14th; and then Palm Sunday on the 28th. I’m sure there are others.
The one I’d like to focus on today is Mother’s Day. I’m not insensitive, I appreciate that not everyone likes, or celebrates, Mother’s Day. However, there are likely to be people in your life who are like a ‘mother’ to you, or who you might like to buy gifts for at some point in the future.
With that in mind, I’d like to share with you some of my most popular Mother’s Day gifts and greetings cards.
Price: £2 (FREE p&p within the UK)
- A6 size Greeting Card
- Printed on FSC certified card using soy or vegetable based inks
- Blank inside for your own message
- Supplied with a white envelope
- Designed and printed in the UK
Please note that these greetings cards do not come with a pen.
1. Abstract Lake
This Abstract Lake Greetings Card has my painting ‘abstract lake’ printed on the front.
I have a special place that I go to, in the local area, called Swan Lakes. I love it there. It’s so peaceful and I hardly ever see anyone there, which is perfect for when I want to get closer to God and enjoy His creation. This lake that I have painted in abstract style is at Swan Lakes.
The original painting is a beautiful lake view landscape and was painted in acrylics and using a palette knife. This is one of my favourite techniques for applying paint. It was painted on canvas board.
The photo on the front of this greeting card is of pretty pink flowers found in the wild. I’m not big on flowers, so I m unable to tell you the name of this plant.
As a wildlife photographer, I spend a lot of time walking and taking photographs. I mostly take photographs of animals and birds, but landscapes, plants, trees, and even the moon, also feature in my collection of photographs.
3. Calm Coast
This Greetings Card has my painting ‘Calm Coast’ printed on the front.
I painted this at my first lesson at School Of Acrylic Painting, based in Gloucester. It also featured in my first ever group exhibition. Despite coming from my imagination it was reminiscent of the Mallorca coastline. I love it and I’m glad it has gone to it’s forever home.
Here is what the customer said about the original, ‘I liked this painting as soon as Hannah posted a picture of it, so I’m thrilled to have the original hanging on my wall. It certainly lives up to its name – although the composition is simple, it gives me a real feeling of peace when I look at it.” M.W (Derby)
4. Dancing to the Beat of His Heart
This Greetings Card has my painting ‘Dancing to the Beat of His Heart’ printed on the front.
I painted the original as part of the course I attended called School Of Acrylic Painting (SOAP for short). I love the background because it enhances the feeling of movement. The dancer is beautiful too.
5. Elephant Safari at Sunset
This Greetings Card has my painting, ‘Elephant Safari at Sunset’ printed on the front.
The original was painted for my 10th lesson of the SOAP course. I love animals and landscapes so this was a perfect lesson for me. I had great fun doing the background and the trees. The shape of the elephants was trickier, and getting the shading right was a challenge. I’ve always wanted to go on safari and see elephants in the wild. I love how the baby elephant is following its dad. It makes it quite spiritual for me because it reminds me that I’m Abba’s child and that I am following Him with my art, photography, and writing.
I love watching the sun set. I often watch the sunset at a lake in Hampshire that I’m fond of, but love it wherever I am. I can only imagine how spectacular it would be to see the sunset while on safari! What an awesome thought. I hope I’ve captured its beauty without ever seeing it – it flowed out of my inmost being and my imagination.
This Greetings Card has my photo of a happy little Hedgehog printed on the front.
I took the photo during my first ever pet photoshoot session. I have since then done several others. I’ve paused photoshoots for the time being, but might offer them again in the future.
This Hedgehog warmed my heart and I hope he warms yours too.
This Greetings Card has my photo of a Kingfisher printed on the front.
Kingfishers are my favourite bird. I had it on my ‘bucket list’ to see a Kingfisher in the wild. My dream came true in 2017 and I have since been blessed to see others too. This one posed for me for over 10 minutes.
8. Lake and Tree Reflections
This Greetings Card has a copy of my Lake and Tree Reflections painting printed on the front.
I painted the original as part of my Level 2 School Of Acrylic Painting course, in Gloucester. The technique we were learning was silhouettes so I chose to do a lake scene with silhouettes of trees and their reflections. I love the peaceful and calm nature of this painting – really soothing.
9. My Favourite Tree
This Greetings Card has a copy of my My Favourite Tree painting printed on the front.
This is my favourite tree! It lives at Swan Lakes and overlooks the Blackwater River. It’s my favourite tree because it reminds me of a house (I know it’s strange!!). It reminds me of a house close to where my grandparents used to live in Rickmansworth. Every time I see the tree on my regular walk it reminds me of this particular house. It intrigues me as to why. The tree brings me a certain level of comfort. Is that wrong?
I painted the tree at the local art group I attend. The weekly them was ‘woods’ or ‘trees’ and I knew I had to paint my favourite tree. Do you have a favourite tree? Does it remind you of something or someone else? I always have my most spiritual moments – where I feel closest to God – when in nature. Is that true for you too?
10. Puerto Pollensa at Sunset
This Greetings Card has a copy of my Puerto Pollensa at Sunset painting printed on the front.
I holiday in Mallorca twice a year with my family. In May, during our last holiday there, I went on a romantic evening stroll along the Pine Walk in Puerto Pollensa with my wonderful husband. It was that walk that inspired the original painting. The beautiful sunset, the glorious mountains, and the little boats dotted around the bay. We stood in this spot for a while, enjoying the sunset and each others company before going to have dinner together while the girls were spending time with their grandparents.
I used my own reference photograph for this painting.
11. Purple Hills at Dusk
This Greetings Card has a copy of my Purple Hills at Dusk painting printed on the front.
I painted this scene at an art class I attended – School Of Acrylic Painting . I knew the theme for that class and noticed rolling hills on my journey to Gloucester. So, although I painted from my imagination it was based on a view I’d glimpsed on my drive.
I decided to paint the scene at dusk and so I’ve put lights in the valley. This painting has received a lot of positive comments.
12. Soft Pastel Seascape
This Greetings Card has a copy of my Soft Pastel Seascape drawing on the front.
For the original I used soft pastels on pastel paper. I was very pleased with how it turned out ad it has become on of my most loved Greetings Cards.
13. Springtime Blue Tit
This Greetings Card has a copy of my Springtime Blue Tit drawing on the front.
I drew this using soft pastels on pastel paper. It was spring when I drew it, and so that’s why I named it ‘springtime Blue Tit’. These are some of my favourite colours and one of my favourite birds.
This Stillness Greetings Card has one of my photos of a butterfly printed on the front.
I took this photo of one of the butterflies at Butterfly World on the Isle of Wight.
15. Waterlily Reflection
This Waterlily Reflection Greetings Card has my photo printed on the front.
This photo was taken at Robin Hill Country Park while walking through a lowered pathway through a pond. These are my most popular cards, as such there are only 10 left!
1. Contemplative Robin Coffee Mug
These sweet coffee mugs have a beautiful Robin on. The photograph was taken by me (Hannah Kirk). The Robin looks like they’re deep in thought, so I named the photograph, and therefore coffee mug, Contemplative Robin.
There are only 4 left!
2. Faithful Snapshots Photobook
This photobook, Faithful Snapshots, showcases my wildlife and nature photographs.
I love taking photos of birds, animals, pets, flowers, landscapes, seascapes, sunsets, and the moon. Photographs in this photobook include: Stag, Doe, Crested Grebe, Mandarin Duck, Mallard, Cormorant, Pershore Abbey, Hedgehog, Swans, Cygnets, Kingfisher, Robin, Mallorca, Malvern Hills, the moon, and much more…
This photobook, Faithful Snapshots, has a purple linen cover. Inside are 80 of my best (and most popular) photographs. Individually, I charge £12 for these photos, so this book is a bargain. Size: 20cm x 15cm.
There are only 9 left!