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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!

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Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah

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Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


FROM THE ARCHIVE December 2013

In a tribute to Landseer, although regular visitors will know that I rarely start out with such a premise in mind nor did so this time, I have used images from Kerstin FrankEKDuncan and The Graphics Fairy.

I began with the same background I used for Alice’s Adventures

Source: Looking for Landseer | First Night Design


This is an extremely early piece when I was only just beginning to realise what textures could do for a photograph. The windmill, from Wikimedia, is on the Île de Noirmoutier, an island that lies off the coast of France, and I used a filter from Snap Art, one of my background textures, and one from Skeletal Mess.


Windmill or no windmill, he said, life would go on as it had always gone on–that is, badly. Animal Farm by George Orwell


The Windmill 3 Ring Binder
The Windmill 3 Ring Binder

The Windmill Pack Of Standard Business Cards
The Windmill Pack Of Standard Business CardsThe Windmill Postage
The Windmill Postage

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Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


Looking for Landseer is from a year ago. Had I not been blighted by computer failure this month, I would have been counting down to Christmas with lots of new creations. But such is life!

Take care and keep laughing!
Sarah x

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Red Stag Looking for Landseer Red Deer Stag Looking for Landseer © First Night Design

In a tribute to Landseer, although regular visitors will know that I rarely start out with such a premise in mind nor did so this time, I have used images from Kerstin FrankEKDuncan and The Graphics Fairy.

I began with the same background I used for Alice’s Adventures.

Kerstin Frank Texture © Kerstin Frank Texture

This I overlaid with a background from EKDuncan.

EKDuncan © EKDuncan

I added the red deer stag from The Graphics Fairy before blending and ‘painting’.

© The Graphics Fairy © The Graphics Fairy

I will let you know as soon as the piece is available to buy.

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah

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One from the archives.

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Infinity InvitationsInfinity Invitations © Sarah Vernon @ First Night Design [Zazzle]

I’m very fond of watercolours.  Interestingly, I have heard people disparaging them over the years, almost as if they considered the skill required inferior to that of painting in oils or acrylics and thus making any result worthless.  To me, watercolour can often create a picture much more emotional and evocative than one done in another medium.

I suspect that the number of books teaching you How to Paint Watercolours in 4 Easy Lessons, or some such title, add to the myth that watercolour is easy and doesn’t require any talent or skill.  I find it difficult to paint with watercolour but have occasionally turned out something of note.  Believe me, it’s not as easy as it looks!

Now that a disabling condition, which affects my mobility and dexterity, has impacted on my ability to wield a paintbrush, I have…

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Red Stag Looking for Landseer

Red Deer Stag Looking for Landseer © First Night Design

In a tribute to Landseer, although regular visitors will know that I rarely start out with such a premise in mind nor did so this time, I have used images from Kerstin FrankEKDuncan and The Graphics Fairy.

I began with the same background I used for Alice’s Adventures.

This I overlaid with a background from EKDuncan.

I added the red deer stag from The Graphics Fairy before blending and ‘painting’.

I will let you know as soon as the piece is available to buy.

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


I’m very fond of watercolours.  Interestingly, I have heard people disparaging them over the years, almost as if they considered the skill required inferior to that of painting in oils or acrylics and thus making any result worthless.  To me, watercolour can often create a picture much more emotional and evocative than one done in another medium.

I suspect that the number of books teaching you How to Paint Watercolours in 4 Easy Lessons, or some such title, add to the myth that watercolour is easy and doesn’t require any talent or skill.  I find it difficult to paint with watercolour but have occasionally turned out something of note.  Believe me, it’s not as easy as it looks!

Now that a disabling condition, which affects my mobility and dexterity, has impacted on my ability to wield a paintbrush, I have been exploring ways to create the same effect on a computer and I don’t just mean by use of a ‘watercolour’ filter in software such as Photoshop but by playing with layers of photographs and textures, and changing the blend modes as well as softening certain areas with various tools.  It’s a great joy experimenting and that’s how I created Infinity.

If you are interested in learning more about watercolour, whether you are an amateur or professional, I would recommend a book and DVD by the UK artist Jean Haines, Colour and Paint in Water Colour.   A reviewer on Amazon writes: ‘I can honestly say that this book, more than any other I have read (and there have been many), has directly influenced my work and way of thinking. Jean Haines is an Artist whose time is now. She is at the top of her game. You need to study the best. Buy this book.’

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah

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