Parrot with Plums © Sarah Vernon

Parrot with Plums © Sarah Vernon

Yes, I’m on a roll with the ol’ framed images at Redbubble so here’s an artwork I created a couple of years ago, Parrot with Plums.

“Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.” Will Rogers

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Remembrance of Times Past
by Sarah Vernon

This post is purely because I wanted to show off one of my images in a frame as sold at RedbubbleRemembrance looks rather splendid surrounded by a cherry wood frame, don’t you think? Several other options are available. The image has been featured in no less than five groups on the art site which has surprised and delighted me.

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The Musical Boy by James Thomas Fields 1817-1881

It is a ruthless, toothless wight
Who dwells beside a wall,
And spends his time in singing songs
As loud as he can bawl,
And casting stones at passengers
Who may neglect to call.

The knave deals out inflated corn
And other fluffy things,
Gum-balls and miscellaneous pies,
And doughnuts shaped like rings;
The pea-nut branch he also plies,
As all day long he sings.

“O urchin rude, of manners crude,
Of unangelic voice,
Pray tell me true, young ruffian, do,
If thus you live from choice,
Or if in your unhallowed ways
You really don’t rejoice!

“Your wares are insalubrious,
Your carols are the same,
Your bold career is fraught with fear,
Your traffic one of shame,–
A dark, mysterious, dreadful trade,
A deed without a name.

“Boy, cease your harmful, dreary notes,
And fling your goods away;
Go get you to New Zealand, or
Some cove in Baffin’s Bay:
Expenses out (but no return)
Myself will gladly pay.”

The rogue looks up with knowing leer,
And bids me not repine,
Then aims a missile at my head
With phrase that’s not divine,
And croaks a still more dismal song,–
The words, alas! are mine!

From: Fields, James T., Ballads and Other Verses, 1881, Houghton, Mifflin and Company: Boston, pp. 31-32.

Date: 1881

via From Troubles of the World

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If I were ever to consider having flying ducks on my wall — naff as naff can be, as in Hilda Ogden’s mural in Coronation Street — I would choose these oriental wild geese.

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New in my vintage store is this wonderful black & white portrait of Tallulah Bankhead.

“I’m as pure as the driven slush.”

“My father warned me about men and booze, but he never mentioned a word about women and cocaine.”

“The only thing I regret about my past is the length of it. If I had to live my life again, I’d make the same mistakes, only sooner.”


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First Night Design:

Re-blogged from my history site.

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Originally posted on The Public Domain Review.

Photograph of a Sinhalese woman by Julia Margaret Cameron, 1875

Photograph of a Sinhalese woman by Julia Margaret Cameron, 1875

Leaving her close-knit artistic community on the Isle of Wight at the age of sixty to join her husband on the coffee plantations of Ceylon was not an easy move for the celebrated British photographer Julia Margaret Cameron. Eugenia Herbert explores the story behind the move and how the new environment was to impact Cameron’s art.

The Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron is currently undergoing a revival with a recent exhibition of her work at the Metropolitan Museum in New York. She has long evoked interest not only because of her distinctive style but also because of her eccentric personality, her dominant — very dominant — role in a circle that in many ways prefigured the Bloomsbury of her grandniece, Virginia Woolf. But there was another strand in her life that was…

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The French impressionist painter, Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919), painted Child in White in 1883. His sitter, Lucie Bérard (1880-1977), was about three years old at the time and was the daughter of his friend, the banker, diplomat and businessman Paul Bérard.

“Why shouldn’t art be pretty? There are enough unpleasant things in the world.”

“Work lovingly done is the secret of all order and all happiness.”

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French artist Junior Fritz Jacquet has been fascinated by paper since a young age. Inspired by the traditional art of origami, Jacquet explores and experiments with folding and crumpling techniques, developing an innovative style all his own.

In a series entitled Masks, Jacquet squishes and crumples 40 different toilet paper rolls into unique and expressive faces which are then coated with shellac and various pigments. In addition to the masks below, you can find more on his website and Facebook page.

[via Colossal]


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Photograph by Matthieu Gauchet


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Photograph by Matthieu Gauchet


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‘What garlic is to salad, insanity is to art.’
Augustus Saint-Gaudens, American sculptor [1848-1907]

It was seeing this quote in an iPhone app that inspired Garlic is for Heroes, which I created with a photograph from Wikimedia and a texture overlay from, yes, 2 Lil’ Owls. It was an interesting reversal of my usual method where a visual idea comes first. I was so taken with the quote, I had to do something with garlic!

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Augustus Saint-Gaudens by De Witt C. Ward via Wikimedia Commons.

Saint-Gaudens, of whom I had not previously heard, was a sculptor of the Beaux-Arts generation who is said to have embodied the ideals of the ‘American Renaissance’. Wikipedia

I have taken my title from another quote, this time one by our old friend Anonymous who once said, “Shallots are for babies; onions are for men; garlic is for heroes.”

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Albatross from The Graphics Fairy. French script from 2 Lil’ Owls.

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge [extract]

At length did cross an Albatross,
Thorough the fog it came;
As if it had been a Christian soul,
We hailed it in God’s name.
It ate the food it ne’er had eat,
And round and round it flew.
The ice did split with a thunder-fit;
The helmsman steered us through!
And a good south wind sprung up behind;
The Albatross did follow,
And every day, for food or play,
Came to the mariner’s hollo!

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I created this collage with a postcard of actress Pauline Chase [1885-1962] from my theatre collection. When I was in my early teens, if not younger, I was obsessed with spending my pocket money on vintage theatrical postcards and used to spend hours browsing round a magical second-hand bookshop on Richmond Hill in Richmond, Surrey, where I was brought up. The old gentleman who ran the shop was quite fierce or, perhaps, simply wary of children like me ruining his stock. For some reason, he had more postcards of Miss Chase than anyone else.

Pauline Chase was actually an American, born in Washington DC in 1885, but having begun as a child actress in her homeland, she ultimately settled in the UK. If she is known at all these days, it would be for her association with Peter Pan, in which she started in a lesser role for the first production in 1904, graduating to the title role in 1906 when that year’s Peter, Cissie Loftus, was taken ill. J M Barrie was so taken with her performance that she then played Peter until she retired from the stage in 1913. A contemporary review (Daily Mail) for the 1907 productions states that ‘Miss Pauline Chase has improved greatly in her acting…’!

The French script background is from 2 Lil’ Owls.

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“I am interested in art as a means of living a life; not as a means of making a living.”
Robert Henri

“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.”
Vincent van Gogh

“The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable.”
Kurt Vonnegut

“Well, art is art, isn’t it? Still, on the other hand, water is water! And east is east and west is west and if you take cranberries and stew them like applesauce they taste much more like prunes than rhubarb does. Now, uh… now you tell me what you know.”
Groucho Marx

“Doing something you enjoy at times of your own choosing and making a living from it: now tell me, is that work?”
Tom Hodgkinson

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First Night Design:

As I’m still catching up from my lack-of-internet-adventure, here’s another post from the archive.

Originally posted on First Night Design:

Hello, My Friends,

It seems I can never have enough images from, yes, you’ve guessed, The Graphics Fairy!  On this occasion I used a beautiful peacock I’d had for a while but not found a use for.  And then, by accident, I found it.

Through a Glass Darkly started with ‘off-cuts’ from a another design to which I added a page from an old family album, a photograph of a window and various textures.  I made a lot of blending changes in Photoshop until I was pleased with the result.  However, it wasn’t until I added the peacock so that it could be seen through the window that I knew the piece was finished.

Having now set up my gallery at RedBubble, I’m delighted to say that this latest design has proved popular with my fellow artists.  I do hope you like it and would love to hear…

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First Night Design:

A musically delightful way to end the day, courtesy of belsbror.

Originally posted on belsbror:

Before I sign off for the day, I think you are all entitled for an explanation why I intentionally posted only videos today. It’s rather simple actually: my mind was out there somewhere, obviously far away from writing. :D

I will leave you with a famous short story, the narrative expertly sung.

Be well!

Goodnight guys and gals! :)


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Cecil Beaton in China during the Second World War

Cecil Beaton Photographs from the collections of the Imperial War Museum.

‘Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.’

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Sarah Vernon

Sarah Vernon

Artist, Actress, Writer

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