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FROM THE ARCHIVE: 24th September 2014
The Court-Harman Girls Greeting Card School stories have always been popular and continue so to be. When I was a child, my contemporaries and I were suckers for Elinor M Brent-Dyer’s Chalet S…

Source: First Night Design | You’re a Brick, Angela!

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Sarah


At The Water’s Edge Throw Pillow by Sarah Vernon. Our throw pillows are made from 100% spun polyester poplin fabric and add a stylish statement to any room. Pillows are available in sizes from 14″ x 14″ up to 26″ x 26″. Each pillow is printed on both sides (same image) and includes a concealed zipper and removable insert (if selected) for easy cleaning.

Source: At The Water’s Edge Throw Pillow for Sale by Sarah Vernon

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Features / PixElations 29 June 2016 / I’m delighted with the effect of a Kerstin Frank texture on my photograph of a run-down shed in my friend’s garden! (Photoshop) • Also buy this artwork on stationery, apparel, stickers, and more.

Source: “Abandoned Hideaway” Greeting Cards by Sarah Vernon | Redbubble

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Featured in Beautiful Blends 4 July 2013. / Featured in Layered Up 2 July 2013. / Background from EKDuncan-My Fanciful Muse, plums from Vintage Art Download and parrot from Birds from The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and The Bahama Islands by Mark Catesby and George Edwards, published in 1754, and found on Public Domain Review. / Blog / Facebook / Twitter • Also buy this artwork on stationery, apparel, stickers, and more.

Source: “Parrot with Plums” Spiral Notebooks by Sarah Vernon | Redbubble

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Sarah


Dick Whittington was drawn not by me but my ex-chap, Mr FND. I get the commission though, bless him!

Style: Photo Notebook (80 Pages B&W)

Organize your day with a custom notebook! Made with your images and text on the front cover, this notebook is a great way to show off your personal style and keep track of all important notes and appointments all at once.

  • Dimensions: 6.5″ x 8.75″
  • Cover printed in vibrant, sharp color
  • 80 black & white lined pages
  • Lay flat spiral binding

Source: Turn Again, Whittington Spiral Notebook | Zazzle

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Sarah


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. / Puffin – Biodiversity Library. / Flora – Biodiversity Library. • Also buy this artwork on stationery, apparel, stickers, and more.

Source: “Clowns of the Sea” Greeting Cards by Sarah Vernon | Redbubble

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Sarah


I’m delighted to have sold a postcard of this image.

Featured in The Group-Gallery of Art & Photography 22 April 2013. / Night. An abandoned palace. The middle of nowhere. Two ghostly figures. Now let your imagination run riot. / Created in Photoshop with an interior from Wikimedia Commons, my own backgrounds and textures, and a clock from The Graphics Fairy • Buy this artwork on home decor, stationery, bags, and more.

Source: “A Night at the Palace” by Sarah Vernon | Redbubble

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Sarah


You have no idea just how peachy it has been to create a piece of art with my new vision after spending so many months re-blogging earlier pieces and promoting those which have sold. My heart and soul are leaping with joy. Just as well in view of the unconscionable state prevailing in the UK after a general election. I am reminded of my favourite quote from erstwhile US President Jimmy Carter (and there are many to choose from) which says it all when one thinks of Prime Minister Theresa May’s parentage: the daughter of a vicar no less. “If you don’t want your tax dollars to help the poor, then stop saying you want a country based on Christian values because you don’t.’

The original is a photochrom from the Library of Congress of the entrance to the harbour at St. Malo in France taken between 1890 and 1900. I duplicated the image, ran the jpg through the Topaz Impressions Abstraction II filter, which I added as a third layer before topping with one of my yellow textures. I made use of a variety of Photoshop blends such as Darken, Lighter Colour and Screen.

Available at the following galleries:
Redbubble
Crated
Zazzle US
Zazzle UK
Fine Art America [14 fulfilment centres in 5 countries]
Saatchi Art

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Sarah


FROM THE ARCHIVE: 25th September 2015

‘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…

Source: First Night Design | Diomedea #Art | First Night Design


Based on her biographical information and many paintings of carefree beach scenes and small children, Impressionist Martha Walter appears to have been an artist with a charmed life who stuck to saf…

Source: What one painter saw on a visit to Ellis Island | Ephemeral New York

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Sarah


BALTHASAR
(singing)
Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more,
Men were deceivers ever,

BENEDICK
I would my horse had the speed of your
tongue, and so good a continuer, but keep your
way, i’ God’s name, I have done.
BEATRICE
You always end with a jade’s trick. I know
you of old.
(1.1.139-143)

Source: Beatrice and Benedick Postcard | Zazzle

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Sarah


Wet Magic Digital Art by Sarah Vernon
Adapted from Francois Boucher’s La Toilette de Venus of 1751.

Does anyone recognise the title I’ve stolen? Clue: Think of the books you read as children. The older you are, the better placed you will be for finding it familiar, even if you haven’t read it!

Source: Wet Magic Digital Art by Sarah Vernon

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Original & vintage art © First Night Design

Source: Patchworks VIII Greeting Card | Zazzle

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Sarah

 


Good News and Bad News. Again

As some of you already know, I had a successful cataract operation on my right eye yesterday morning. It was a relief to get it done. It will take a while for the sight to settle down and I know from previous experience that I’ll have a bit of double vision to contend with. However, it was a quick and painless experience and no overnight stay as it was in Crete nearly 18 months ago with the left eye.

Talking of the left eye, they removed a stitch but it wasn’t one that had been causing problems and I was left with Trump’s lips! I queried it and forced them to look again. It could be many things, the surgeon said, but there was nothing they could do about it. I’m not going to leave it at that but get a second opinion from the surgeon with whom I had the original consultation. What can I say but repeat that it’s the story of my life from womb to now!

  • Dimensions: 4.25″ x 5.6″ (portrait) or 5.6″ x 4.25″ (landscape)
  • Full-color CMYK print process
  • Double sided printing for no additional cost

The most popular paper choice, Matte’s eggshell texture is soft to the touch with a smooth finish that provides the perfect backdrop for your chosen designs.

  • Light white, uncoated matte finish with an eggshell texture
  • Paper is easy to write on and won’t smudge
  • Made and printed in the USA

 

Source: Looking for Landseer Postcard | Zazzle

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Sarah


Orientation: Postcard

Create your own vacation-worthy postcards right here. Any view you’ve seen, any monument you’ve fallen in love with, can all be added to our postcards with our personalization tool. Craft touching, hand-written correspondence while on your next road trip!

  • Dimensions: 4.25″ x 5.6″ (portrait) or 5.6″ x 4.25″ (landscape)
  • Full color CMYK print process
  • Double sided printing for no additional cost
  • Postage rate: $0.34

Paper Type: Matte

The most popular paper choice, Matte’s eggshell texture is soft to the touch with a smooth finish that provides the perfect backdrop for your chosen designs.

  • Light white, uncoated matte finish with an eggshell texture
  • Paper is easy to write on and won’t smudge
  • Made and printed in the USA

Source: Bicycling through Paris Postcard | Zazzle

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Sarah

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