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“Clowns of the Sea” Greeting Cards by Sarah Vernon | Redbubble #Sold!

Features / Creation 24 April 2016 / Digital Collage in Photoshop. Puffins: ‘Nicknamed ’sea parrots’ – and sometimes ‘clowns of the sea’! – Atlantic puffins have black and white feathers and a large parrot-like beak. They are small seabirds measuring around 25cm in length.’ / 2 Lil’ Owls – 2LO~French Script antique papers 2-13. / […]

“The Cuckoo’s Note” Laptop Skins by Sarah Vernon | Redbubble #Gifts

Features / Art Universe 2 September 2015 / Creation 2 August 2015 / Crosses, Crafts & Collectibles 2 August 2015 / Everyday Women 30 July 2015. / Creation 26 July 2015. / Layered Up 27 July 2015. / Photoshop / Cuckoo: Biodiversity Library on Flickr. / Own textures. • Also buy this artwork on laptop […]

First Night Design | Chinese Lantern Surrounded #Art #New

Look at me, Ma — I have created something else out of The Fruit Look! A few subtractions, a few additions with the ephemera from Design Cuts and the Biodiversity Library on Flickr and I have done something different. It’s recycling if you will. “We live in a disposable society. It’s easier to throw things out […]

First Night Design | “The only thing worse than being blind is…” #Art

Can I see again? No, but there are odd moments of clearer vision that enable me to work in fits and starts. In this instance, I have come up with a collage, The Fruit Look. “The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.” Helen Keller [1880-1968] Ephemera used to create this collage […]

First Night Design | Clowns of the Sea #Art

2 Lil’ Owls – 2LO~French Script antique papers 2-13. Puffin – Biodiversity Library. Flora & Fauna – Biodiversity Library. A few tidbits from National Geographic: 1. Nicknamed ‘sea parrots‘ – and sometimes ‘clowns of the sea‘! – Atlantic puffins have black and white feathers and a large parrot-like beak. They are small seabirds measuring around 25cm […]

First Night Design | Parrot Fashion #Art

I’ve been reading up about the different red-headed parrots, of which this is one, but I can’t begin to tell you which. The name on the original print from the Biodiversity Heritage Library that I have used, ‘platycercus’, seems to be a very general term, hence the confusion. I have combined it with several textures of […]

First Night Design | Pot-Pourri #Art #Gifts

A melange of vintage art and textures from 2 Lil’ Owls, The Graphics Fairy, Design Cuts, the Vintage Design Company, Biodiversity Library and Wikimedia. Pot-Pourri Throw Pillows from Zazzle Available at the following galleries: Redbubble Crated Zazzle US Zazzle UK Fine Art America Fine Art England Saatchi Art Take care and keep laughing!

First Night Design | Diomedea #Art

‘Once you decide that it is the art that is important and not how popular and well-received you are, you no longer have an albatross.’ Stephen Stills, musician and instrumentalist. (Remember Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young?) This was a fascinating process. My original idea had been to do this albatross, or Diomedea, from the Biodiversity Heritage Library in […]

First Night Design | ‘Happiness is a Butterfly’

‘Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.’ Nathaniel Hawthorne ‘I almost wish we were butterflies and liv’d but three summer days – three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could […]

First Night Design | ‘Like a Lapwing’ #Art

‘For look where Beatrice like a lapwing runs Close by the ground, to hear our conference.’ Hero talking with Ursula about Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, Act III, Scene I I was completely wrong when I published the Ruddy Duck post to say it was the fourth in my bird collection using images from The Biodiversity Heritage […]

First Night Design | Ruddy Duck #Art

This is the fourth in my new bird collection using images from the Biodiversity Heritage Library on Flickr. I have used the same background as for Whirring Pheasant Springs and The Cuckoo’s Note but am not using a poetical quote for its title: a ruddy duck it is and a Ruddy Duck it shall be, partly […]

First Night Design | The Cuckoo’s Note #Art

I’m on a roll with the divine vintage illustrations stored at The Biodiversity Heritage Library on Flickr, as per my Pheasant post. This cuckoo, to which I’ve added the same background textures, also comes from the ornithological publication of 1849 mentioned in that post. ‘They frequent tropical lowland evergreen forest and tropical deciduous forest according to […]

First Night Design | Whirring Pheasant Springs #Art

This gorgeous pheasant, to which I’ve added my background textures, is from The Biodiversity Heritage Library on Flickr. Known as a Canje pheasant (or ’stinkbird’, as I discovered), he comes from an ornithological publication of 1849 and is a tropical bird found in the Amazon and South America’s Orinoco Delta. I’ve taken my title from Alexander Pope’s […]

First Night Design | “Nature does not seek to perpetuate the human species but to…”

Parrot with Plums Double-Sided Standard Business Cards (Pack Of 100) “Nature does not seek to perpetuate the human species but to secure the biodiversity of the species.” Theophrastu Take care and keep laughing!