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Taken from original copper-plate engravings for Mr Pug’s Visit; or, the Disasters of Mr. Punch, published in 1806 by J. Harris on the corner of St. Paul’s Church Yard.

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Sarah

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THE GOOD NEWS: my Cosmote internet connection is back to normal…well, as normal as it will ever be in these parts! I had not, it turns out, used my monthly bandwidth limit. Everyone’s connection has been unconscionably slow in this area for the last week or so because of the weather — a wind that could knock you flat in a second, let alone destroy elements of the landscape like aerials.

The joy of being able to create again knows no bounds. It soothes my soul. For Oriental Glimpse, I mixed and matched innumerable flower and architectural images from my collection and The Graphics Fairy along with a textured background from Denise at 2 Lil’ Owls, courtesy of a specially discounted bundle from Design Cuts.

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Sarah


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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Originally posted on Arts & Culture | Smithsonian.

(Photo: Courtesy of Flickr user Phil Shirley)

Attached to an actuator on the shoulder of NASA’s Curiosity Rover exploring Mars right now is a set of panels that looks like an eye shadow compact. It has six pigmented silicone panels—in red, green, blue, 40-percent gray, 60-percent gray, and one with a fluorescent pigment that glows red under ultraviolet light. This is the color calibration target for Curiosity’s Mars Hand Lens Imager, a camera that takes landscape portraits and close-up shots of rocks on Mars (and also selfies). Geologists want some way to know what color these Martian rocks would be on Earth since Earth rocks are all that we’ve been able to study directly with the human eye—and color helps guide theories about a rock’s composition or history.

On Mars, and here on Earth, color matters. Without it, the red Toyota in the parking lot might be indistinguishable from the black one. You want to know if that pear in the market is juicy yellow or hard, inedible green. And let’s not even think for too long about the color of the meat in your fridge, and your assessment of whether it should be dinner, or destined for the trash. Plants and animals use color to protect themselves—a recent New York Times article described how the cuttlefish…

via How Red Is Dragon’s Blood? | Arts & Culture | Smithsonian.


 

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah

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There is something magical in seeing what you can do, what texture and tone and colour you can produce merely with a pen point and a bottle of ink.
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Do you have a favourite colour?  And if so, is it a colour that works for you in all areas of your life?   The answer is probably no.  For instance, there are yellow paints on walls that uplift my spirits but wear the same yellow in a dress and I look dreadful.  I didn’t realise this disparity until I went to a cousin’s wedding some years ago and was appalled when I saw the photographs!  However, you will  notice that I use a fair amount of yellow shades in my art work and these are often the best sellers.

Anyone for Tea?

Anyone for Tea?

It is easy to go wrong when it comes to colour and what a lot of people don’t realise is just how important an effect it has on our lives.

One lady who does know this is Karen Haller, a colour expert who was born and brought up in Australia but lives and works in London.  Some refer to her as a ‘colour guru’ and I’m inclined to agree for while I’ve not had personal experience of her services, I am constantly captivated by the knowledge, advice and plain common sense apparent in her blog posts.  Whether you need help with interiors, branding your business or refreshing your wardrobe, Karen has the answers.  “For me, working with colour is a magical process,” she says.  “It is about taking the personality of an individual or a business, and drawing out the colours that represent their true self. When I combine this with creating beautiful interiors, I feel blessed to be doing something I love.”

Karen kindly agreed to let me publish a recent post from her blog concerning her experience of being interviewed for Dream Corner radio station.  Thank you, Karen!

Karen Haller

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Yesterday I had the privilege of meeting and being interviewed by Viv Oyolu, the creator and radio presenter of Dream CornerDream Corner is focused on women, and Viv’s goal is to spark or rekindle a dream or passion that any woman has had, and inspire them to do something about it.

Viv brings together a wealth of inspiring women who share their stories and experiences of realising their dreams. She interviews women from different walks of life, to talk about their journey to where they are now – self employed or in paid employment; with the aim that something will encourage a woman listening to think seriously about taking the first steps to realise their dream.

Viv’s warm personality and relaxed conversational style put me quickly at ease which was great given it was my very first radio interview.

During the interview, Viv asked me how I got started, what made me take the big step from corporate life to setting up my own colour & design consultancy with my top tips for anyone wanting to follow their dream.

We discussed all things colour, how I take the personality of an individual or a business, and draw out the colours that represent their true self. I focus on finding the authentic personality and bring it to life through employing colour psychology and holistic interior design.

Colour elicits emotions, it portrays how we are feeling and how we want others to interact with us. Usually subconsciously. We discuss how the big brands use colour psychology to get noticed and increase sales.  We also talk about the process taken by trend forecasters so the manufacturing of the next season’s trend colours hit the stores at the same time.

I have a couple of exciting projects being made public over the next 6 months and sparking Viv’s curiosity she’s asked me back, which I’m already looking forward to!

“Gosh! I can’t believe how much I learnt from Karen! It is not only what you wear, but the colours that can affect not only our business but personal relationships.  I see things so differently now, and willing to make changes to get the desired response I want.” – Viv Oyolu

This is the link to the interview with Karen Haller.  The interview is one hour.

Dream Corner airs every Thursday between 11.00-13.00 on ONFM 101.4 or  you can download from http://www.dreamcorner.co.uk.

Link to original post on Karen Haller’s blog here.

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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