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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.

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Garlic is for Heroes © First Night DesignGarlic is for Heroes © First Night Design

‘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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Health update: Nothing new diagnosed.
Art update: Nothing new created.

But I sold one of these cushions!

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via Burlap Simple Dark Green Throw Pillow | Zazzle.com


All I can say is that I’m very glad I can earn even when I’m in hospital, as I was again just before Christmas. No, don’t ask — I’m too bored with answering!

I hope you’ve had a glorious festive Christmas and will have a splendid New Year!

Source: At the Circus Poster | Zazzle

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


‘Trust in dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity.’ Khalil Gibran

I took this view from one of my favourite vantage points in Bembridge before I went into hospital on the August Bank Holiday. I used a Chiaroscuro effect in Topaz Impression before processing in Photoshop by adding a Cheryl Tarrant texture in Multiply mode.

Available at the following galleries:
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Zazzle US
Zazzle UK
Fine Art America [14 fulfillment centers in 5 countries]
Saatchi Art

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


I’m back. I’m rested but a little hysterical since I have had two more conditions diagnosed; one requires surgery, the other is a second incurable autoimmune condition for which the only treatment will be medication, which might or might not make a difference. You couldn’t make it up!

This is one of my very early abstracts created out of some flower and leaf photographs.

via In the Garden Where the Faeries Go Mouse Pad | Zazzle.com



Alice in Wonderland: Alice and the Flamingo Postcard | Zazzle.com

To illustrate my Alice card, the following is a very satisfying interpretation, written by Gigi at Rethinking Life, of what Alice in Wonderland is really about.

Alice didn’t fall down the Rabbit Hole, she bloody well jumped.  She was tired of her pre-planned life and wasn’t looking forward to marriage and the rigid rules that went with it.  She ran after the rabbit, curious and terrified that she would lose sight of him and be forced to stay where she was.  She saw him jump and she dove in head first after him.  Because she was willing to risk everything, she drank, shrunk, grew, found a new world, went to a fabulous tea party, met a crazed hat maker, a door mouse and enjoyed herself immensely.

She got to see an amazing cat, one who could disappear but leave his smile behind, a drug-addicted caterpillar and twin boys named Tweedle who were strange, to say the least.  She got to hold a flamingo. She saw huge, brightly colored,  flora, fauna and she learned that everything she saw could not be trusted to be real.  She saw the Queen of Hearts and ate a tart.  She saw that life didn’t have to be dull and boring, it could be so much more. She didn’t have to to get married, live in a house and do as she was told.  She realized that she could be free to explore everything. Even the Jabberwocky was interesting.   The biggest thing she learned was that she had the courage to take whatever risks came her way.  She was brave and wild.  She wasn’t cut out for a ‘normal’ life, she was meant for something different…she wasn’t going to settle, she was going to fly.  And that is the true meaning of the Rabbit Hole. Source: Alice.. | Rethinking Life

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


Health update: You may be aware that I spent two weeks in hospital with severe gastroenteritis followed by hospital-acquired pneumonia. It’s a wonderful life! I’m still not up to writing anything substantial, I’m afraid, so here’s another sale.

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Source: The Chinese Vase Poster | Zazzle


From the archive 19-11-13

Oh, what fun I have had creating this collage! It has been a while since I’ve experimented with my various pieces of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Alice’s Adventures Throug…

Source: Newly-minted Alice: Collage | First Night Design

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


Original & vintage art © First Night Design [www.firstnightdesign.wordpress.com]

Source: Swan & Edgar’s Fashionable Furs #A Postcard | Zazzle


“Salt in the Air” Framed Prints by Sarah Vernon | Redbubble

Features / Artists with Disabilities 1 September 2017 / © Sarah Vernon. Overlooking the Solent, Bembridge, Isle of Wight, UK 27-08-17. Taken with an iPhone 6c. Processed in Photoshop – duplicated layer in Colour Burn and adjustments to Vibrance and Contrast. • Also buy this artwork on wall prints, apparel, stickers, and more.


“We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.”
― Dalai Lama XIV

Then again—

“There is no such thing as inner peace. There is only nervousness and death.”
― Fran Lebowitz


Be that as it may, the spot photographed is as near to external peace on my little island. Note how it’s suddenly ‘my’ island now that I’m living here! For those new to this blog, I’m talking about the Isle of Wight. Mind you, I probably said the same when I was still in Crete.

“Salt in the Air” Drawstring Bags by Sarah Vernon | Redbubble

 

“Salt in the Air” Mugs by Sarah Vernon | Redbubble

“Salt in the Air” Laptop Skins by Sarah Vernon | Redbubble

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

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah



FROM THE ARCHIVE 4th October 2015

And for my next trick, I have used the same Venetian Harbour in Chania photograph (Overlay mode in Photoshop) to show baking hot, sand-encrusted houses overlooking the sea.  The underlay (Normal mo…

Source: First Night Design | And for my next trick… #Art | First Night Design


Source: The Café Royal, London by William Orpen (1912) Postcard | Zazzle

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


 

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


Jelly Belly™ Small Snip Snap Tin

A quick snip, the lid opens, and candy awaits you. Snap the lid back and the freshness is preserved. The Small Snip Snap Tin (0.40 oz) is a great way to share your artwork, text, photos, and candy with anyone! Excellent for baby or bridal showers, company celebrations, and holiday parties.

Source: Copper Pear Candy Tins | Zazzle

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


Detail of a 1521 drawing by Albrecht Dürer of Irish warriors.

Source: One Gallòglach and Two Kerns – Albrecht Dürer Canvas Print | Zazzle

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah

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