First Night Design | Theatrical Attitude #Art

Theatrical Attitude © Sarah Vernon
Theatrical Attitude © Sarah Vernon

This enchantress  was the famous late 19th and early 20th century actress and singer Miss Marie Tempest [1864-1942], who is referred to in the description on the back of my original print as ‘the prima donna of the English stage’ and possessing ‘a very beautiful voice which has had the training it deserves’.

I imagined a faded portrait in a frame that has suffered neglect and fire damage with a hint of gold breaking through. Naturally, I imagined no such thing but this is what came out when I faffed around in Photoshop with a couple of textures from 2 Lil’ Owls: 2LO Confetti 6 (Normal), 2LO – Crackle 11 (Multiply).

Theatrical aficionados might be interested to learn that the actress was the original Judith Bliss in Noël Coward’s Hay Fever. She was made a Dame in  1937.

“Hitler has taken nearly everything from me but my life, but you can’t live on regret. You’ve got to live for the present and future, not the past.”
She was forced to sell her art collection after losing her home in a German air raid during WWII. IMDb

Available at the following galleries:
Zazzle US
Zazzle UK
Fine Art America
Fine Art England
Saatchi Art

Take care and keep laughing!


20 thoughts on “First Night Design | Theatrical Attitude #Art

  1. The snake armband is fabulous! You could sell those today, I’m sure.
    Your treatment has put great age on this photo, and made it look much older than it probably is. And in a good way, of course.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

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        1. Halcyon indeed. Used to do the market first and then Biba. I still have some of the make-up. I nicked one of their black and gold ashtrays from the Rainbow Room but my brother nicked it from me and I’ve no idea where it is now.


      1. Oh, don’t feel obligated friendo. It’s been a bit since I’ve been able to visit my WordPress Reader and fave blogs – just happy I could see what you’ve been up to…and I can see it’s still wonderful things. ✨

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