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As some of you know, our summer holidays as children were spent in Bembridge on the Isle of Wight where I now live. The other week I trundled round on my mobility scooter visiting my favourite haunts. This shot of Bembridge Lifeboat Station through the trees is just where the steps lead down to the beach and to the exact spot we invariably used for swimming.

It is true the original photograph is rather appealing and some of you on Facebook have already seen it as my header but true to form, I had to play.

I used two textures from Design Cuts — a yellow-based and a green-based one. I ran the photograph through Topaz Impression three or four times to produce different effects. I chose to layer ‘Cezanne 1’ and ’Cavedweller’ (as you do) and blended them with the textures to produce a digital painting. I hope it pleases you as much as it did me in its creation.

Part of a paper read to the Ladies of Shanklin Evening Institute, October 1951.

“It is quite possible that some among you are quite ignorant of everything connected with Lifeboat work […] I have no intention of going back into remote history, or to the founding of the Institution in 1824.  Moreover, I expect you will think that I have gone back quite far enough if I commence with the time of your grandfathers, and I select that particular time because it was then that the proud reputation of the Lifeboat Institution was built up, on the great hearts and stout muscles of the grand old men who served as crews for the small pulling and sailing lifeboats stationed round our coasts.  But to really understand the heroism of these grand old fellows, and to give them full credit for their marvellous rescues, and for their self-sacrificing efforts, one must be possessed of…” Bembridge Lifeboat

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


Source: Time After Time Poster | Zazzle

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


Apples And Pears In A Hallway Framed Print from Fine Art America

The photograph I used as my starting point was taken a year ago at an erstwhile (and that’s another story to be told when I’m ready) friend’s hallway. I threw together a couple of books — vintage copies of Jane Austen’s Emma and Northanger Abbey that I bought from the shop attached to Chawton House in Steventon — a bottle of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey whisky and a wooden ‘bothy’ bowl that I bought from Garden Trading; I’ve since bought several more! The lilies were already on the hall table.

As is my way, I added a couple of textures from Design Cuts and some apples from an image by Leti Kugler at Unsplash.

Oh, I nearly forgot. Some of you might recognise the print on the wall. Yes, it’s Copper Pear.

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

Take care and keep laughing!

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

Take care and keep laughing!

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


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

Take care and keep laughing!

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

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


Orientation: Postcard

  • 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: Under Full Sail Postcard | Zazzle

N.B. I’m not currently responding to comments or visiting blogs because of ill-health but I much appreciate your support.

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


Inspired by Edward Steichen’s portrait of Hollywood actress Gloria Swanson covered in lace (Museum of Modern Art).

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: Semi-Gloss

A thin, smooth paper designed for photo printing with the optimal color vibrancy —a solid choice for all your printing needs.

  • Bright white, semi-gloss finish
  • Semi-gloss finish helps photos pop
  • 40% post-consumer content
  • Made and printed in the USA

Source: Hollywood Vintage Gloria Postcard | Zazzle

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


Size: Gift Bag – Wine

Package your presents perfectly with fully personalized gift bags! Design them with favorite photos or messages for any occasion, including birthdays and weddings. These gift bags are made with premium quality paper and printed with vivid ink to make your gift giving truly special.

  • Dimensions: 4.75” l x 4” w x 13” h
  • Perfect size for a wine bottle
  • Made with premium quality paper for extra durability
  • Choice of matte or glossy finish
  • Available in 3 additional sizes

Source: Red Rose Wine Gift Bag | Zazzle

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


My delight knows no bounds!

Style: Women’s Perfect Square Black Leather Strap Watch

With a style that is feminine and chic, the Women’s Perfect Square Leather watch features a gorgeous leather band and a fully customizable face for the most unique timepiece you’ll ever own.

  • Women’s wrist watch
  • Material:
    • Face: Alloy
    • Strap: Leather
  • Dimensions:
    • Face: 0.944″diameter
    • Strap: 8.86″ x 0.7″
    • Case: 1.25″diameter
    • Weight: 0.107lb
  • 3-hand analog Japan Quartz®
  • Full color custom printing on face
  • Buckle closure
  • Shower proof only
  • 1 year manufacturers limited warranty
  • Battery included
  • This product is recommended for ages 13+

Source: The Cuckoo’s Note Wristwatch | Zazzle

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


Size: Vinyl Wrapped Flask, 6 oz.

Be prepared and discreet with a custom Liquid Courage™ flask. A unique gift that’s perfect for weddings, birthdays, and special events!

  • Dimensions: 3.75″l x 4.5″w x 1″d; 6 oz.
  • Material: Stainless steel flask with attached screw top lid
  • Printed on high-quality vinyl that is securely wrapped
  • Durable, water and fade resistant
  • Hand wash with warm water
  • Handmade in USA

Source: Decorated Valentine Fan Hip Flask | Zazzle

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


Wisdom Extraction: Sadly, I’m not feeling so chipper today, nor did I at the end of last night. I think it must be a delayed reaction.  Mind you, Ben & Jerry’s Cookie Dough helped!

Style: Case Savvy iPad Mini Glossy Finish Case

Shield your iPad Mini from daily damage with a customizable iPad Mini case. Made of lightweight hard shell plastic, this case clips onto the back of the iPad adding protection without the bulk. Made with a glossy finish, your designs, photos, and text will look great displayed on this one of a kind case.

  • Designed for Apple’s iPad Mini.
  • Hard shell plastic case with glossy finish.
  • Smart Cover compatible.
  • Access to all ports, controls & sensors.
  • Customize with photos, artwork and text.
  • Designer Tip: To ensure the highest quality print, please note that this product’s customizable design area measures 5.85″ x 8.45″. For best results please add 1/3″ bleed.

Source: Syncopated Lady iPad Mini Cover | Zazzle

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


Size: Throw Pillow 16″ x 16″

Accent your home with custom pillows from Zazzle and make yourself the envy of the neighbourhood. Made from high-quality Simplex knit fabric, these 100% polyester pillows are soft and wrinkle-free. The heavyweight stretch material provides beautiful color definition for your design while also being the perfect complement to your couch!

  • Dimensions: 16″ x 16″ (square)
  • Simplex knit fabric; 100% polyester; wrinkle-free
  • Hidden zipper enclosure; synthetic-filled insert included
  • Machine washable
  • Made in the USA

Source: The Albatross Did Follow Throw Pillow | Zazzle

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


Sight update: Even though I’m doing so much less in order to rest my eyes, boy, are they sore. The good news is that the hospital had a cancellation and the 6th January appointment has been brought forward to this coming Monday. Mind you, it’s still only a consultation so no resolution for either eye. Grrr! But hey. I’ve sold another clock, which is heartening.

Style: Round (Large)

It’s time to show off your favorite art, photos, and text with a custom round wall clock from Zazzle. Featured in two sizes, this wall clock is vibrantly printed with AcryliPrint®HD process to ensure the highest quality display of any content. Order this custom round wall clock for your walls or give to friends and family as a gift for a timeless treasure.

  • 2 sizes: 8″ diameter (medium) or 10.75″ diameter (large).
  • Material: Grade-A acrylic.
  • One AA battery required (not included).

Source: Lighthouse Impasto Large Clock | Zazzle

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah

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