FROM THE ARCHIVE 8th August 2014

Postcard Lemons Post Card

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

“It is go…

Source: First Night Design | “I am interested in art as a means of living a life; not as a means…” | First Night Design

When asked by an actor he had cast in a small role in What Every Woman Knows how he should play it, Sir James Barrie said:

“I am glad you have asked me. I should like you to convey when you are acting it that the man you portray has a brother in Shropshire who drinks port.”

Taken from Great Theatrical Disasters by Gyles Brandreth.

Take care and keep laughing!


FROM THE ARCHIVE 12th November 2014

Created with a vintage lady from The Graphics Fairy and overlays from my texture collection.

Dance, Little Lady

‘Tho’ you’re only seventeen,
Far too much of life you’ve seen,
Syncopated child.

Source: First Night Design | Syncopated Lady

FROM THE ARCHIVE 13th November 2014

“Give me books, French wine, fruit, fine weather and a little music played out-of-doors by somebody I do not know.” ― John Keats Let joy be unconfined! I have sold a cushion at Redbubble with the V…

Source: First Night Design | “Give me books, French wine, fruit, fine weather and…” | First Night Design

A self-portrait In the Traditional Costume of the Bregenz Forest (1781)

Reblogged on

‘All I possess has been attained by my work and industry … ‘ (from Angelica Goddden’s Miss Angel, Kauffman)

Friends and readers,

I return to my series of blogs on women artists. Thus far in this second round, we’ve looked at Giovanna Garzoni (1600-70), Strange and magnificent still lifes; Sofonsiba and Lucia Anguissola (1535/6-1625; 1546/8-1565), Sober, contemplative and self-aware portraits; and Mary Beale(1633-99), An unknown famous Restoration painter. As in the first series I can’t ignore altogether those women artists whose work has been paid a great deal of attention to, at least at times, and if not uniformly respectfully. So we come to Angelica Kauffman, one of two women to help found…

Source: Angelica Kauffman (1741-1807): the artist as businesswoman | Romantic Illustration Network

I used to think that Frederick Childe Hassam’s most evocative paintings were his moody, poetic winter scenes of turn of the century New York. But his Impressionist renderings of Manhattan in …

Source: A Gilded Age painter’s springtime New York | Ephemeral New York

Another of my moody and mysterious efforts comprising a collision between a texture by 2 Lil’ Owls via Design Cuts and a photograph by Rachel Davis at Unsplash of the Neuschwanstein Castle, Schwangau, Germany.

Available at the following galleries:
Zazzle US
Zazzle UK
Fine Art America [14 fulfillment centers in 5 countries]
Saatchi Art

Take care and keep laughing!


FROM THE ARCHIVE  14th July 2013

Birds of the Jungle by FirstNightDesign Original art © First Night Design.

Birds of the Jungle Collage. Myriad layers including a background from EKDuncan-My Fanciful Muse and from The Graphics Fai…

Source: New! Birds of the Jungle

Beautiful roses from Paul Militaru. I didn’t realise they were roses to start with!

Photo post by @PaulMilitaru.

Source: your servants, lady !

FROM THE ARCHIVE 21st September 2016

loggia |ˈləʊdʒə, ˈlɒ-, -dʒɪə| noun a gallery or room with one or more open sides, especially one that forms part of a house and has one side open to the garden. ORIGIN mid 18th cent.: from Italian,…

Source: First Night Design | Una Logia Privada #Art | First Night Design

FROM THE ARCHIVE 6th July 2014

Blue Bird of Happiness harks back to my early collages such as Postcard Kingfisher or Bird in the Hand for which I used vintage postcard backs with lovely squiggly handwriting. In this instance, I …

Source: First Night Design | Blue Bird of Happiness #Art

This is a shameless plug for my friends Ana-Luisa and Simon Scrutton who recently moved to South West France to open two exquisite, traditional gites for idyllic holidays. As soon as I am properly settled back in England, I shall be booking myself in for a restorative break, of that you can be sure.


‘We offer the visitor the most wonderful and unique experience in the tranquillity of a beautiful traditional Charente village of Lesterps, which is famous for its bonhomie, 11th/13th Century Abbaie (which can be seen from our garden) and the Richard Coeur de Lions trail which begins nearby. Lesterps has many public events including a famous accordion festival. The gardens here are extensive, We offer two splendid gites, Garden Gite, opens directly onto the landscaped grounds, from its beautiful kitchen, equipped with a splendid cooker range and log-burner. It has its own dining terrace which invites the visitor to…’

Source: Traditional Charente Holiday Cottages

Take care and keep laughing!


anhonesthouseAn Honest House: A Memoir, Continued by Cynthia Reyes

The delightful Cynthia Reyes saw my ‘survivor’ drawing (below) when I posted about the reason for my hiatus and said she was going to buy several of these postcards to add to promotional copies of her newly published book, An Honest House: A Memoir, Continued. Since both our lives have been and are formed by the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, she appreciates the sentiment as much as I do! Thank you, Cynthia for being as good as your word!

I'm a Survivor, Darling! Postcard
I’m a Survivor, Darling! Postcard by FirstNightDesign

Take care and keep laughing!


FROM THE ARCHIVE 31st January 2014

Forget Wordless Wednesday, this is…

Source: First Night Design | WORDLESS FRIDAY — ISLAND LOVE

In his 1836 book On the Mental Illumination and Moral Improvement of Mankind, Reverend Thomas Dick calls the peacock “the most beautiful bird in the world.”  There are few that would dispute this d…

Source: The Peacock in Myth, Legend, and 19th Century History

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