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Madame Ramon Subercaseaux (1880) Sargent is perhaps best known for his ravishing pictures of society women in pictures which flatter both their looks and their taste. Although the focus of this exhibition is elsewhere, on pictures of friends and acquaintances, the exhibition opens with this stunning portrait of the wife of a Chilean diplomat and artist. This picture was an important part of making his early reputation in Paris. It is perhaps Sargent at his best, a compelling portrait of late C19 beauty. Madame Ramon Subercaseaux (1880)
Sargent is perhaps best known for his ravishing pictures of society women; pictures which flattered both their looks and their taste. Although the focus of this exhibition is elsewhere, on pictures of friends and acquaintances, the exhibition opens with this stunning portrait of the wife of a Chilean diplomat and artist. This picture was an important part of making his early reputation in Paris. It is perhaps Sargent at his best, a compelling portrait of late C19 beauty.

John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) was the ultimate Europeanised American. He was born in Florence of expatriate Americans and brought to a culturally rich but lonely and nomadic childhood, travelling extensively throughout Europe and reliant for companionship largely on his sister Emily. But lonely or not he developed a deep love and understanding of European culture and a strong desire to become an artist; a desire which his parents…

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Planning a little shindig for Easter? How about delicious Hot Cross Bun invitations?

Hot Cross Buns Easter Basket #2 5" X 7" Invitation Card
Hot Cross Buns Easter Basket #2 5″ x 7″ Invitation Cards (US)

Here’s Delia Smith’s recipe for Hot Cross Buns.

Ingredients

 450g strong white flour
 1 level teaspoon fine salt
 4 level teaspoons, easy bake yeast
 3 level teaspoons ground mixed spice
 1 level teaspoon ground cinnamon
 50g golden caster sugar
 110g currants (I like pinhead)
 50g whole candied peel, chopped
 50g spreadable butter
 150ml hand-hot milk
 75ml hand-hot water
 1 large egg, beaten
For the crosses:
 40g strong (or normal) plain flour
 10g spreadable butter
For the glaze:
 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
 2 tablespoons of water

Equipment

You will need a large baking sheet with a liner or well-greased and a lightly oiled polythene bag

Method

First tip the flour into a large mixing bowl and add the salt, yeast, mixed spice and cinnamon then give it a good mix.

Add the caster sugar followed by the currants and candied peel then mix these dry ingredients together and make a well in the centre.

Next add the butter and pour the hand-hot milk and the hand-hot water over the butter followed by the beaten egg.

Now mix everything to a dough, starting with a spatula and finishing with your hands until it is all combined, evenly mixed and leaves the bowl clean. Add a spot more milk if it needs it.

Next cover the bowl with a polythene bag and leave it at room temperature to rise – it will take about 1½ hours to 2 hours to double its original volume.

Then turn the dough out on to clean work surface (you shouldn’t need any flour) and punch out the air.

Now divide the mixture into twelve using a palette knife.

Take one piece of the dough and shape it into a round then roll it between the fingers of each hand, keeping your hands flat, to form a fairly smooth round ball (this should only take about 10 seconds or so) then do the same with the remaining pieces of dough.

Arrange them on the lined or greased baking sheet (allowing plenty of room for expansion). Leave them to rise once more inside a large, lightly greased polythene bag for 45 minutes to an hour, or again until about double the size.

Meanwhile, if you want to make dough crosses, put the flour into a bowl and rub in the butter. Add just enough cold water to form a dough then roll it out thinly on a lightly floured surface to an oblong about 12cm by 16cm then cut it into 24 strips.

Pre-heat the oven to 220°C, gas mark 7.

When the second rising is up, brush the strips with water, to make them stick, and make a cross on top of each bun trimming away any excess dough with a small knife.

Alternatively you can use a small sharp or serrated knife to score a cross in the top of each bun.

Bake the buns for 15 minutes near the centre of the oven. Then, while they’re cooking make the glaze in a small saucepan by slowly melting together the sugar and 2 tablespoons of water over a gentle heat until the sugar granules have dissolved and you have a clear syrup.

As soon as the buns come out of the oven, brush them immediately with the glaze while they are still warm.

Then cool them on a wire rack.

If you are not serving them on the day that you bake them its best to freeze them as soon as they are cool.

Then when you need them defrost them and warm them through in the oven. If there are any left over they are wonderful, split, toasted and buttered on the following day.

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Sarah


The Jungle Look

Playtime! This abstract took two seconds. I lie. It took about five minutes. I had an old photograph of leaves (probably weeds, although I’m sure the green-fingered among you will be able to tell me what it is) in our Cretan garden which I had meant to do something with for aeons.

The Jungle Look

I used a freebie texture from Design Cuts and placed it on top of the photograph. I  chose the ‘Difference’ blending mode in Photoshop.

The Jungle Look

There revealed was a rather captivating abstract with greens and golds and purples.

Have a bountiful weekend!

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Sarah


Goose and Frog’s Easter Journey © Sarah Vernon

Goose and Frog’s Easter Journey © Sarah Vernon Buy from Zazzle UK or Zazzle US.

The original vintage image advertising Palmer’s Cologne (The Graphics Fairy) is very appealing, but I was compelled to alter it. Of course.

I created a textured background by blending several flower photographs and one ready-made texture from  2 Lil’ Owls.

The egg is taken from a photograph at the Rijksmuseum, courtesy of their facility for artists, Rijksstudio, of an ostrich egg on a base of gilded bronze, with a painted representation of a dance in the open air. The artist is unknown but it was created between 1760 and 1765.

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Sarah


Beautiful Shamrocks Vinyl Binder
Beautiful Shamrocks Vinyl Binders

A quick nod to St Patrick’s Day just gone with the sale of one of these binders. There are so many of my images that I have yet to put on binders. I must get to it as binders are good sellers for me. If anyone finds a massive chunk of time they can throw my way, I’d be eternally grateful!


May the Irish hills caress you.
May her lakes and rivers bless you.
May the luck of the Irish enfold you.
May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you.
Irish Blessing


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Another re-run for my Easter Egg Basket. Have a lovely Wednesday and keep smiling!
Sarah

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Easter Egg Basket © First Night DesignEaster Egg Basket © First Night Design—Available on cards, prints & posters

New for Easter.

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Sarah

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The Racing Hare at Easter Pillows
The Racing Hare at Easter Pillows by FirstNightDesign

No post planned. No time to do much so this is the cushion I sold today. Looks rather good on other products too, though I say so myself as shouldn’t!

The Racing Hare at Easter Tiles
The Racing Hare at Easter Ceramic Tiles by FirstNightDesign

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Sarah

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I’ve never been a great one for fantasy, unless you count a slight passion for time-travel and ghosts, so creating this dragon picture has come as quite a surprise to me, as it may do to you! As with The Grapes of Worth, it was work-in-progress at the end of November, a luscious grungy purple background just waiting for something perfect. That something perfect turned out to be a dragon. Who’d ‘ave thunk it.

The Purple Dragon
The Purple Dragon Greeting Card

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Originally posted on AnAdventureInBosnia:

Emina by Alex Šantić Emina by Alex Šantić

Many centuries ago, it was a tradition for men to go for a turkish bath from time to time. This was where men would gather in a relaxed ambience to exhange small talk. This area was called Hamam.

Then, one young man who was returning from the Hamam, passed by the garden of the city imam (Muslim Pastor), saw the daughter of the imam. Struck by her beauty, he wrote a poem which later made him a famous poet.

Here is my humble translation of the poem, hope you like it.

At dusk, while returning from the warmth of the Hamam,

I passed by the garden of the old city Imam.

There in the garden, Under the shade of the jasmine tree,

A pitcher in her hand stood beautiful Emina.

 

What Beauty! I could swear by Imam!

That even the sultan would not be…

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On the 17th of September, at just 18, Frida Kahlo found herself immobilized in hospital. She had been placed in a cast in order to secure the many injuries and fractures she received in a traumatic bus accident. Frida, forced to remain still for three months, discoverers painting. Bound to her bed for days on end, her parents formed a structure around her bed, placing a mirror as her roof. In this way, she became her own subject. This of course, gives great enlightenment as to why of her approximately one hundred and forty paintings, fifty-five of them are auto portraits. Here, we look at one of the most famous renditions of herself – The Two Fridas.

In her self-portraiture, Kahlo often examined a dialectic vision of the self, contemplating the disparities and differences found within an individual. Naturally, this deep personal reflection often led Kahlo to painting subject matter that was profoundly private. The Two Fridas perfectly highlights this…

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Discreet French Charm

A change of pace to show you this charming vintage French advertising image, presumably to proclaim the delights of Saint Denis (see top of image), which comes from The Graphics Fairy. I enhanced the original and added the almond green border.

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Sarah


It’s time to take advantage of Redbubble’s new promotion. From March 21st to March 24th, they’re giving 25% off Throw Pillows and Duvet Covers.
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Promo:  25% off Duvet Covers and Throw Pillows

Coupon code: DECKOUT

Runs from: March 21 (12am PST) – March 24 (11:59pm PST)

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Sarah


This is an adaptation of an old photochrom postcard circa 1895 from Wikimedia showing the beach at Ostend, Belgium. I have used textures from 2 Lil’ Owls to age it further, along with a French document, also from 2 Lil’ Owls, to add ‘a little something extra’.


‘A beach is not only a sweep of sand, but shells of sea creatures, the sea glass, the seaweed, the incongruous objects washed up by the ocean.’
Henry Grunwald



“…vicinity to the sea is desirable, because it is easier to do nothing by the sea than anywhere else, and because bathing and basking on the shore cannot be considered an employment but only an apotheosis of loafing. (“Expiation”)”
― E.F. BensonThe Collected Ghost Stories of E.F. Benson


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Happy St Patrick’s Day to all my Irish friends and followers!

Shamrock for Ireland Cover For The iPad Mini
Shamrock for Ireland Cover For The iPad Mini by FirstNightDesign

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Sarah

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I have to confess to an unwavering passion for narrow streets. The temptation to go exploring and, inevitably, to get hopelessly lost, is overpowering. This type of street is often laid with cobblestones and not so easy for me this century since wheelchairs do not react kindly to such surfaces and juddering progress is rather painful on my decrepit old body.

The original photograph was charming, if a little on the dark side. It was this darkness that I decided to make a virtue. The title is tongue-in-cheek but the resulting image does look rather like a street that would lead to Roman Polanski’s vampires in The Fearless Vampire Killers, or any vampire film come to that!

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Textures 2 Lil’ Owls

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