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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

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Sarah

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Sarah


FROM THE ARCHIVE 13th May 2014

Chinese Empress on Her Throne © First Night Design

While I have not specified which empress this is in the title, she was actually the Dowager Empress Tzu-Hsi  or Cixi (1835-1908) and one of the most formidable of figures. According to King’s…

Source: First Night Design | Chinese Empress on Her Throne | First Night Design


Another of my moody and mysterious efforts comprising a collision between a texture by 2 Lil’ Owls via Design Cuts and a photograph by Rachel Davis at Unsplash of the Neuschwanstein Castle, Schwangau, Germany.

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Sarah


FROM THE ARCHIVE 31st January 2014

Forget Wordless Wednesday, this is…

Source: First Night Design | WORDLESS FRIDAY — ISLAND LOVE


FROM THE ARCHIVE 18th February 2013

Night. An abandoned palace. The middle of nowhere. Two ghostly figures. Now let your imagination run riot. Created with an interior from Wikimedia, my own backgrounds and textures and a clock from …

Source: The Night at the Palace – Let Your Imagination Run Riot


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A couple of mornings ago I woke up with a scene in my mind’s eye and knew it was something I wanted to create.  I saw desert, night sky and camels.  I set to work last night.

Kerstin Frank & The Graphics FairyKerstin Frank & The Graphics Fairy

But I did not discover Kerstin‘s textures above till this morning and was convinced I could do something with two I already had.

So what happened, Sarah?

A happy accident. I put together two textures from Kerstin Frank that I had previously downloaded and experimented with blending.  It needed more work to create even half the background I had envisaged but I decided to add the camel from The Graphics Fairy and take it from there.  Yet I could not find the camel.  I knew it was on my computer but it was already past midnight and I didn’t have the energy to search properly nor…

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Forget Ancient Rome, often cited as the origin of circus entertainment. A certain Englishman, Philip Astley (1742 – 1814), who had been a sergeant major in the Cavalry, was responsible for the entertainment we know today. It was Astley who found that if he galloped in circles he could produce such a centrifugal force that it enabled him to perform extraordinary stunts upon the horse and thus outdo other trick riders of the day.

Astley performed in public for the first time on 9th January, 1768. He was so successful that he gathered other equestrians to him and, later, acrobats, musicians…

via First Night Design | Interval at the Circus


Another re-run for my Easter Egg Basket. Have a lovely Wednesday and keep smiling!
Sarah

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Happy Day Before Christmas Eve!

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Hot Air Balloon Voyage Hot Air Balloon Voyage © First Night Design

Before I introduce you to my latest artwork, I’d like to give a warm welcome to all my new followers and likers and to say how much it gladdens a girl’s heart!  I  greatly appreciate your support even if I’m unable to visit your own blogs and sites or reply to comments in the near future.

I have always wanted to make something featuring a hot air balloon and now I’ve done it!  Hot Air Balloon Voyage was created with a texture from Lenabem-Anna, a photograph from The Library of Congress, and a map from The Graphics Fairy. A few tweaks are needed here and there before it’s ready to sell; however, I’m very happy with how it has turned out and I do hope you like it.

When I was much younger, and stronger, I was invited  to take a…

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At this rate, I shall be a millionaire before Christmas! Teagan of Teagan’s Books, has just bought this tote bag and I’m thrilled to bits. If Teagan’s work is new to you, I can recommend her blog highly. She is just coming to the end of a delightful YA serial set in the 1920s in which each episode incorporates three ingredients provided by one of her followers. Start at the beginning of Three Ingredients Cookbook-2, a Ghost in the Kitchen and I doubt you’ll be disappointed. And if you are, tough!

Just for good measure, here is Get Me to the Church in a frame.

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Sarah


A little something for Saturday morning that I created about four or five years ago from photographs taken while on holiday in Crete. We took a boat trip from the Venetian harbour in Chania, avoiding the modern, glass-bottomed variety in favour of an old wooden fishing vessel — at least I think that was its former use. To our surprise, the windows and portholes were stained glass scenes of fish in the sea and rather delightful they were too.  1930s? I’m not sure. Back home, I layered the photos one upon the other to produce Stained Glass Fish.

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Sarah


Kubla Khan by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834)

Or, a vision in a dream. A Fragment.

In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree:
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
   Down to a sunless sea.
So twice five miles of fertile ground
With walls and towers were girdled round;
And there were gardens bright with sinuous rills,
Where blossomed many an incense-bearing tree;
And here were forests ancient as the hills,
Enfolding sunny spots of greenery.
But oh! that deep romantic chasm which slanted
Down the green hill athwart a cedarn cover!
A savage place! as holy and enchanted
As e’er beneath a waning moon was haunted
By woman wailing for her demon-lover!
And from this chasm, with ceaseless turmoil seething,
As if this earth in fast thick pants were breathing,
A mighty fountain momently was forced:
Amid whose swift half-intermitted burst
Huge fragments vaulted like rebounding hail,
Or chaffy grain beneath the thresher’s flail:
And mid these dancing rocks at once and ever
It flung up momently the sacred river.
Five miles meandering with a mazy motion
Through wood and dale the sacred river ran,
Then reached the caverns measureless to man,
And sank in tumult to a lifeless ocean;
And ’mid this tumult Kubla heard from far
Ancestral voices prophesying war!
   The shadow of the dome of pleasure
   Floated midway on the waves;
   Where was heard the mingled measure
   From the fountain and the caves.
It was a miracle of rare device,
A sunny pleasure-dome with caves of ice!
   A damsel with a dulcimer
   In a vision once I saw:
   It was an Abyssinian maid
   And on her dulcimer she played,
   Singing of Mount Abora.
   Could I revive within me
   Her symphony and song,
   To such a deep delight ’twould win me,
That with music loud and long,
I would build that dome in air,
That sunny dome! those caves of ice!
And all who heard should see them there,
And all should cry, Beware! Beware!
His flashing eyes, his floating hair!
Weave a circle round him thrice,
And close your eyes with holy dread
For he on honey-dew hath fed,
And drunk the milk of Paradise.

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Sarah


Any followers who have visited my new blog, First Night History, will doubtless have known that sooner or later I would create a piece that used the handwritten header image for the blog, which I found on Wikimedia.

And so I have! The mallards, swan, and the butterflies hovering around some flowers, are all from The Graphics Fairy.

Enjoy! And let’s protect all our birds, particularly the eggs and nests of such as English robins and starlings since Natural England has proposed that their destruction be allowed without special licence. See Tom Pride’s blog post listed below.

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Sarah

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