A couple of mornings ago I woke up with a scene in my mind’s eye and knew it was something I wanted to create. I saw desert, night sky and camels. I set to work last night.
But I did not discover Kerstin‘s textures above till this morning and was convinced I could do something with two I already had.
So what happened, Sarah?
A happy accident. I put together two textures from Kerstin Frank that I had previously downloaded and experimented with blending. It needed more work to create even half the background I had envisaged but I decided to add the camel from The Graphics Fairy and take it from there. Yet I could not find the camel. I knew it was on my computer but it was already past midnight and I didn’t have the energy to search properly nor visit The Graphics Fairy to download it again.
What happened next, Sarah?
During the search for the camel, I came across a charming vintage postcard depicting the home of Alfred Lord Tennyson – Aldworth House in Haslemere, Surrey. Let’s try that, I thought, and save it for another artwork.
The postcard has a facsimile of Tennyson’s signature on the right and the first stanza of In Memoriam on the left:
I held it truth, with him who sings
To one clear harp in divers tones,
That men may rise on stepping-stones
Of their dead selves to higher things.
No sooner had I plonked the postcard on top of the Frank textures than I knew the piece was transformed. and once I had made certain changes and experimented with different Photoshop states, it became clear that camels under the night sky would have to wait.
So there you have it.
Take care and keep laughing!