First Night Design | ‘What garlic is to salad, insanity is to…’


I’m considering my version of ‘Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell’, as printed in The Spectator when the late journalist had been rather too drunk or hung over to write his Low Life column. Mine will have to be shorthand for truly being unwell rather than drunk (I say this while slurping a Bailey’s at ten past midnight)! In the meantime, nothing new has been diagnosed and no new art created to display. This is one from the past that I’m very fond of.

First Night Design

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‘What garlic is to salad, insanity is to art.’
Augustus Saint-Gaudens, American sculptor [1848-1907]

It was seeing this quote in an iPhone app that inspired Garlic is for Heroes, which I created with a photograph from Wikimedia and a texture overlay from, yes, 2 Lil’ Owls. It was an interesting reversal of my usual method where a visual idea comes first. I was so taken with the quote, I had to do something with garlic!

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Augustus Saint-Gaudens by De Witt C. Ward via Wikimedia Commons.

Saint-Gaudens, of whom I had not previously heard, was a sculptor of the Beaux-Arts generation who is said to have embodied the ideals of the ‘American Renaissance’. Wikipedia

I have taken my title from another quote, this time one by our old friend Anonymous who once said, “Shallots are for babies; onions are for men; garlic is for heroes.”

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7 thoughts on “First Night Design | ‘What garlic is to salad, insanity is to…’

  1. It is a great quote, Sarah and you know I’m a big fan of garlic itself, and especially of your garlic, Sarah. I’ll borrow my mother’s bag when I’m here for good, I’m sure. Take care, Sarah.

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  2. Your image is glorious, Sarah. I love the Garlic is for heroes quote. I’m eating it in huge quantities right now (at least double what any recipes says) in an effort to ward off the many viruses doing the round. Hope you stay clear of them.

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