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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

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Sarah


One from the archive while I continue to enjoy the company of my beautiful niece.
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Take the Cow by the HornsTake the Cow by the Horns © First Night Design

As soon as I saw this cow among the archives at The Library of Congress, I was smitten.  Wouldn’t you be?  Look at her eyes.  There’s an animal you wouldn’t dream of messing with but the expression is so direct that she holds you in her gaze without allowing you to look away.  I may have called the piece Take the Cow by the Horns but I would not recommend it!

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I created the setting by adding a background from Asunder Ephemera and used Photoshop to adjust the colours and tones until I felt I had done her justice.

The cow has an interesting provenance, coming as she does from a scrapbook of illustrations that were collated by Hans Christian Andersen and A L Drewsen…

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As it’s been a while since I’ve shown the layers that go into creating a particular image, I thought I’d give you the three pieces that make up Red Rose.

I started with the back of a vintage advertising card from The Old Design Shop.

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But no matter what I tried, it would not gel with this rose from The Graphics Fairy.

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I discarded it and went in search of a background with reddish tones from 2 Lil’ Owls’ Effervescent collection and decided upon this number.

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The effect created by blending the rose in ‘multiply’ mode over the top was very pleasing but there was something missing.

I searched through 2 Lil’ Owls‘ French Brocante collection and my first choice proved the perfect addition when blended in ‘colour burn’ mode and sandwiched between the rose and the ‘effervescent’ background.

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Et voilà!

Red Rose © Sarah Vernon [Crated]

As I’ve often said, there’s many a tweak and a twist in the process before I’m happy but if you are expecting me to write it all out in this post, you’ve got another think coming! As Shirley Conran so memorably once said, life’s too short to stuff a mushroom, and it’s certainly too short to detail each tweak. Pay me and I might!


‘Roses are red, violets are blue, I’m schizophrenic, and so am I.’
Oscar Levant

‘Won’t you come into the garden? I would like my roses to see you.’
Richard Brinsley Sheridan


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Sarah


And so the handwritten document from The Cry of the Peacock and the First Night History header comes into play again! This I combined with a lovely, messy texture of orangey-yellow that I created some time ago. Needless to say, it took a while before the perfect image to overlay became apparent. I had time on my hands with an internet connection playing fast and loose so what better way to spend the hours? No, that animal wouldn’t do. Oh, no, those flowers look appalling. The lady with the parasol? I don’t think so.

It was only when I discovered a free image in my folder from Vintage Art Download, run by the wonderfully talented Mindy Sommers, that this piece was made whole. The image was the famous painting from 1906 by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Ask Me No More, which takes its title from the poem by Tennyson. You know me! I can’t help tinkering, even with the Masters.

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Sarah


Welcome to followers old and new and thank you for all your lovely ‘likes’!

As soon as I saw this cow among the archives at The Library of Congress, I was smitten.  Wouldn’t you be?  Look at her eyes.  There’s an animal you wouldn’t dream of messing with but the expression is so direct that she holds you in her gaze without allowing you to look away.  I may have called the piece Take the Cow by the Horns but I would not recommend it!

Cow

I created the setting by adding a background from Asunder Ephemera and used Photoshop to adjust the colours and tones until I felt I had done her justice.

The cow has an interesting provenance, coming as she does from a scrapbook of illustrations that were collated by Hans Christian Andersen and A L Drewsen to entertain Drewsen’s grandson Jonas.  These illustrations came from myriad sources — England, America and Germany — and were mounted and coloured. Anderson added his own rhymes to many of the pictures.

In the meantime…

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


I should be concentrating on Thanksgiving but when I saw a sleeping beauty at The Graphics Fairy, I blended it with one of my vintage postcard backs and my coffee bean paper and came up with a Christmas design.Sleeping Beauty

The image will soon be available on most products at my Zazzle store and RedBubble.  I shall now submit it to Brag Monday at The Graphics Fairy!

Now for Thanksgiving!  Mind you – and a bit late in the day – I should really think about a couple more designs for Back to School.  The popularity of this category has not yet really caught on in the UK but is in demand in the States.  Wish me inspiration!

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah

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