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Sarah

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Thank you all so much for commenting on my Rose in Snow post and giving me the confidence to upload the piece to my galleries. I made one change, which was to ensure the rose itself covered the whole area so that no background green is showing. I like it better this way.

A Burgundy Rose in Snow Flask
A Burgundy Rose in Snow Flask by FirstNightDesign
A Burgundy Rose in Snow Throw Pillow
A Burgundy Rose in Snow Throw Pillow by FirstNightDesign

A Burgundy Rose in Snow Card
A Burgundy Rose in Snow Card by FirstNightDesign

A Burgundy Rose in Snow Postage
A Burgundy Rose in Snow Postage by FirstNightDesign

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Sarah


FROM THE ARCHIVE 23rd April 2013

I have used a rose from The Graphics Fairy and a background from Kerstin Frank to create an image for William Blake’s poem, The Sick Rose. Blake, of c…

Source: The Sick Rose by William Blake | First Night Design


FROM THE ARCHIVE 6th July 2014

Blue Bird of Happiness harks back to my early collages such as Postcard Kingfisher or Bird in the Hand for which I used vintage postcard backs with lovely squiggly handwriting. In this instance, I …

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FROM THE ARCHIVE 30th September 2013

I confess I get increasingly sick of flower photographs — not paintings, whether digital, acrylic or oil — just photographs.  Rarely do I find them exceptional and yet even the mundane sell in thei…

Source: Valley Rose: Playing with Flowers


Blue Bird of Happiness harks back to my early collages such as Postcard Kingfisher or Bird in the Hand for which I used vintage postcard backs with lovely squiggly handwriting. In this instance, I have layered several antique French papers (2 Lil’ Owls) at different angles, and added a bird and a Delphinium (The Graphics Fairy). That simple? No! A collage like this requires careful placement, colour changes and various blending modes until it works as whole.

Now, I know that a bluebird is a bluebird not a blue bird but I wanted mine to be different and so a blue bird it will remain! Although ‘the bluebird of happiness’ is a well-known phrase, I was actually thinking of my all-time favourite Gary Larson cartoon when I decided what to call the collage.

bluebird

‘The Bluebird of Happiness long absent from his life, Ned was visited by the Chicken of Depression.’

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Sarah


I took a photograph of this yellow rose some months ago and have played with it ever since to little effect. Until, that is, someone posted a link on Facebook — in the Texture Artists group — to the British artist Sarah Gardner who also sells beautiful textures. Registering with her site gives you a free download of four textures. I added the one pictured below and I was off and running!

The typography elements are from a vintage advert for the Café Royal in London’s Regent Street from one of my theatre periodicals dated  late 19th and early 20th century, Play Pictorial.

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Sarah


Valley Rose © First Night Design

Valley Rose © First Night Design

I confess I get increasingly sick of flower photographs — not paintings, whether digital, acrylic or oil — just photographs.  Rarely do I find them exceptional and yet even the mundane sell in their thousands, if not millions.  I do take photographs of flowers but I cannot leave them be.  I have to play around with them, always wishing to create something painterly, something out of the ordinary.  Whether I have managed to achieve such in my latest artwork, only you can tell me by commenting below! Having said that, this piece does not use one of my flower photographs but a free vintage postcard with a rose and lily of the valley from The Graphics Fairy.

Rose-Lily-Valley-Postcard-GraphicsFairy

Creating the background involved so many photographs from my collection that this post would be the length of a book if I included them all and the different stages it required in Photoshop to produce it, not forgetting my tweaks and blends. I do hope you like it.

Linking to Brag Monday.

Valley Rose on Zazzle.

Valley Rose on RedBubble.

Valley Rose on Fine Art America.

Valley Rose on Saatchi Online.

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Sarah


O Rose Thou Art SickO Rose Thou Art Sick by FirstNightDesign

I have used a rose from The Graphics Fairy and a background from Kerstin Frank to create an image for William Blake’s poem, The Sick Rose. Blake, of course, did his own illuminated border and illustration, which is rather different to my interpretation, as you can see below.

The Sick Rose by William Blake

O Rose thou art sick.
The invisible worm,
That flies in the night
In the howling storm:

Has found out thy bed
Of crimson joy:
And his dark secret love
Does thy life destroy.

William Blake's The Sick Rose

William Blake’s The Sick Rose c1896 © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge [credit: Wikipedia]

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Sarah


Altered flower clip art from The Graphics Fairy.

Mother’s Day in the UK is almost here — Sunday 10 March.  Click here for other Mother’s Day products.

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Sarah

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