Created in Photoshop with an image by Fabien Barral, a Victoria Cross from Wikimedia, my own textures and photos of my relations including my great-uncle, Captain Norman Austin Taylor, who was killed in France on 18th March, 1918, and is buried in the war cemetery at Étaples.

‘Five foot ten of a beautiful young Englishman under French soil. Never a joke, never a look, never a word more to add to my store of memories. The book is shut up forever and as the years pass I shall remember less and less, till he becomes a vague personality; a stereotyped photograph.’ Written by grandmother, Joyce Hoskyns née Austin Taylor

GREAT UNCLE NORMAN: ‘SHOT BY A SINGLE SNIPER’

Remember the Fallen Card
Remember the Fallen Card by FirstNightDesign

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Sarah


FROM THE ARCHIVE 13th May 2014

Chinese Empress on Her Throne © First Night Design

While I have not specified which empress this is in the title, she was actually the Dowager Empress Tzu-Hsi  or Cixi (1835-1908) and one of the most formidable of figures. According to King’s…

Source: First Night Design | Chinese Empress on Her Throne | First Night Design


“If I could catch the feeling, I would; the feeling of the singing of the real world, as one is driven by loneliness and silence from the habitable world.”

Source: Virginia Woolf on the Relationship Between Loneliness and Creativity – Brain Pickings


Lulu in Hollywood Card
Lulu in Hollywood Card by FirstNightDesign

Reposting the incomparable Tallulah yesterday gave me a taste for creating another of my Hollywood images à la Edward Steichen. I found an image of silent film star Louise Brooks from Hello-Tuesday and used the vintage wallpaper from MGB Stock that I’ve used previously (DeviantArt). It is, I believe, a still from Pandora’s Box (1929) — ‘The rise and inevitable fall of an amoral but naïve young woman whose insouciant eroticism inspires lust and violence in those around her.’ This time, however, I have done it slightly differently and given her a background of the wallpaper in its original form. The effect of this can be better seen if you click on Saatchi Art or  Fine Art America.


“I have a gift for enraging people, but if I ever bore you it will be with a knife.”
Louise Brooks



“I never gave away anything without wishing I had kept it; nor kept anything without wishing I had given it away.”
— Louise Brooks


Lulu in Hollywood Wrist Watches
Lulu in Hollywood Wrist Watches by FirstNightDesign

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Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


FROM THE ARCHIVE 15th August 2014

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 h…

Source: First Night Design | Tallulah Bankhead — “pure as the driven slush” | First Night Design


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Sarah


ANOTHER RE-BLOG OF ONE OF MY FAVOURITE FOOD POSTS!
“Eight peas, please.” When I was very young, peas were the only vegetable I could stomach. Luckily, I grew out of that. Nowadays, there are very few vegetables I dislike. While okra and…

Source: First Night Design | “Eight peas, please.” | #Carrots #Recipes | First Night Design


rossetti“Better by far you should forget and smile Than that you should remember and be sad.”

Source: Christina Georgina Rossetti says: | The Müscleheaded Blog


At the weekend we visited one of my favourite Pre-Raphaelite places: Wightwick Manor, a National Trust property on the outskirts of Wolverhampton. It’s a wonderful Arts & Crafts house beg…

Source: Pre-Raphaelite Women at Wightwick Manor | Culture and Anarchy


I don’t do cute but sometimes cute gets the better of me. This was the case when working on Curious Kittens, created with a too-sweet-for-its-own-good Victorian picture from The Graphics Fairy. I wanted to introduce an atmosphere that would turn it into something a little less prosaic, a little less ‘aahs’, and with greater depth to the colours. Adding one of my reddish textures in Subtract mode (Photoshop) has given it an entirely different atmosphere, while the green palette makes the goldfish bowl a much more interesting proposition to look at. That’s what I feel anyway!

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Curious Kittens Towel
Curious Kittens Towel by FirstNightDesign

Curious Kittens Wrist Watches
Curious Kittens Wrist Watches by FirstNightDesign

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


I’ve recently sold some of my prettiest images as postcards and very pleasing that is!

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah

 


Max Ernst “The Entire City”

“Painting is not for me either decorative amusement, or the plastic invention of felt reality; it must be every time: invention, discovery, revelation.”

– Max Ernst

In the late 1930s and early 1940s there was a mass exodus of artists out of Europe, fleeing expanding Nazi power. Many came to America and settled in New York City, and went no further. They kept aloof from the local art scene and showed little interest in learning anything about their host country.

Surrealism was the dominant movement at the time, and most…

Source: ARTISTS: Max Ernst and Dorothea Tanning in Arizona | THE REMODERN REVIEW


‘Recipe’

Take a detail from The Hot Sands, Mustapha, Algiers by Charles Conder from the Google Art Project on Wikimedia, some textures by 2 Lil’ Owls, some diverse photographs of unrelated objects, and simply play!

Jug with Yellow and Violet Flowers Card
Jug with Yellow and Violet Flowers Card by FirstNightDesign

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Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


FROM THE ARCHIVE 29th April 2015
This is the first of an occasional series highlighting Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland —  2015 marks 150 years since the book was…

Source: First Night Design | Alice is At It Again! #1 | First Night Design


But She Wanted to be a Sailor by Irene Raspollini. Used with permission.

“The soul, fortunately, has an interpreter,” wrote the Victorian novelist Charlotte Brontë, “- often an unconscious but still a faithful interpreter – in the eye.” Perhaps t…

Source: Irene Raspollini – On Art and Aesthetics

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