First Night Design | Embracing the Unexpected with a Salmon

Pink Salmon © Sarah Vernon
Pink Salmon © Sarah Vernon [Crated]

It really is astonishing what can be achieved with digital art software — in this case, Photoshop. I was playing around with a map and a fish (from The Graphics Fairy), and a photograph of a setting Cretan sun — no, please don’t ask why this combination! I discarded the map and selected the sun area of the photograph to make it the background. I then went through all the available blending modes for the salmon layer without success until I came to one near the bottom called ‘difference’. Immediately I was struck by the effect and it is what you see here. It reminds me of etching on copper scraperboards (scratchboards in the US), which I once tried my hand at. Unsuccessfully.

Take care and keep laughing!


30 thoughts on “First Night Design | Embracing the Unexpected with a Salmon

      1. I love your art but I have my favorites. This would be one of them. This would make a great restaurant sign or on the back of a cutting board or something outdoorsy.

        This is one of those that my first assumption would not be that it was digital.

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  1. You’re right, it looks just like scraperboard; one of the amazing samples that they put on the packets that ordinary mortals couldn’t achieve. I loved those. I think I’ve still got the tools. 🙂

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          1. Sorry to hear that. I was very interested to read your post on Paul Klee and scleroderma. I have not heard of it but I have heard of Raynaud’s because I’ve had that circulatory problem in my fingers a few times. Thankfully, it hasn’t been a major issue. I’m always impressed when I hear about artists that work around their physical limitations. My mother’s mother had a painting given to her by a patient that painted with the brush in their mouth. Even as a young child I was hugely impressed by how good the painting was. My dad’s mother used to get Christmas cards painted by “mouth and foot” painters which were equally impressive:
            It’s great that you’ve found a way to work around your finger problems, and so on, to produce such wonderful pieces.

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            1. The mouth and foot painters are extraordinary. I remember the booklets and leaflets coming through the door at Christmas when I was a child. My mouth is affected as well so if the fingers become impossible, I won’t be working with a brush in my mouth any time soon! I’m very glad Raynaud’s has not been a problem for you. It so often goes undiagnosed.


            2. Oh wow, your mouth too? I’m sorry to hear that. Whatever happens I’m sure you will find a way to continue to express your creativity. I’m glad I’ve been able to get to know a little more about your journey, and I look forward to seeing more of your creations along the way. ❤

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