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Roses are Golden by FirstNightDesign

FROM THE ARCHIVE 14th May 2013

A quick post to show some of my latest tinkering!  This image was created with vintage flowers from The Graphics Fairy and my own backgrounds and textures. I do…

Source: Yellow Illustrates Happiness

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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


I’m delighted to say that 2016 has begun with the news that I have sold a metal print of Burnished Tigers at Redbubble. I’ve never sold a metal print before – it feels rather good!

What doesn’t feel good is the continuing danger to so many species on this earth, not least our own.

‘A hundred years ago there were 100,000 tigers in the wild. Today there are as few as 3,200.’

‘As more and more forests are cleared for paper and palm oil, tiger habitat disappears daily.’

Save Tigers Now is a global campaign by World Wildlife Fund and Leonardo DiCaprio. Our goal is to build political, financial and public support to double the number of wild tigers by 2022, the next Year of the Tiger.’

Available at the following galleries:
Redbubble
Crated
Zazzle US
Zazzle UK
Fine Art America
Fine Art England
Saatchi Art

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


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‘A hundred years ago there were 100,000 tigers in the wild. Today there are as few as 3,200.’

Burnished Tigers © First Night DesignBurnished Tigers © First Night Design

Over wide streams and mountains great we went,
And, save when Bacchus kept his ivy tent,
Onward the tiger and the leopard pants,
With Asian elephants:
Onward these myriads–with song and dance,
With zebras striped, and sleek Arabians’ prance,
Web-footed alligators, crocodiles,
Bearing upon their scaly backs, in files,
Plump infant laughers mimicking the coil
Of seamen, and stout galley-rowers’ toil:
With toying oars and silken sails they glide,
Nor care for wind and tide.
John Keats — Song of the Indian Maid from Endymion

Artwork comprising a vintage image from The Graphics Fairy:

Vintage Tigers Printable -The   Graphics FairyVintage Tigers Printable – The Graphics Fairy

One of my earlier designs:

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I am still no nearer to getting computer repaired so here’s one from the archive. Even typing on this mobile is like getting blood out of a stone! Take care and keep laughing!
Sarah

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I have to confess to being immoderately pleased with my latest design, Botanical Fruit, which I created with beautiful clip art from The Graphics Fairy and my own textures.

botanical_fruit_greeting_card

Available on many products at my ZazzleRedBubble and Fine Art America stores.

Linking to Brag Monday @ The Graphics Fairy

I hope you like it as much as I do!

Take care and keep laughing.

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I enjoy poor health and have been enjoying it particularly in the last twenty-four hours! My internet connection has also been enjoying poor health. The combination means I have only been able to visit a fraction of the blogs I follow. I could say I’ll catch up when both conditions are bang to rights but I know from experience that it just ain’t gonna happen!

In the meantime, here’s an old post for your delectation. Have a beautiful Wednesday, my dear friends!

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A Lady PondersA Lady Ponders © First Night Design

A quick post to show my latest image, a re-imagining of a vintage photograph of an Edwardian lady from The Graphics Fairy and my own backgrounds and textures.  I could not sleep last night and this is what transpired.  I do hope it appeals to you.  As always, I welcome your comments.

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah

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As I’m still catching up from my lack-of-internet-adventure, here’s another post from the archive.

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Hello, My Friends,

It seems I can never have enough images from, yes, you’ve guessed, The Graphics Fairy!  On this occasion I used a beautiful peacock I’d had for a while but not found a use for.  And then, by accident, I found it.

Through a Glass Darkly started with ‘off-cuts’ from a another design to which I added a page from an old family album, a photograph of a window and various textures.  I made a lot of blending changes in Photoshop until I was pleased with the result.  However, it wasn’t until I added the peacock so that it could be seen through the window that I knew the piece was finished.

Having now set up my gallery at RedBubble, I’m delighted to say that this latest design has proved popular with my fellow artists.  I do hope you like it and would love to hear…

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A post from 2011.

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Lucia Whitaker

My great-grandmother, Lucia, was a gently beautiful woman.  I have late Victorian photographs to show me just how charming she was to look at and last week I created an image with her as the centrepiece.  This particular photograph (below), which admittedly stands on its own, was exquisitely hand-tinted.

Being me, however, I wanted to embellish it!  I used my own textures and backgrounds alongside one from The Graphics Fairy and one from Deviant Art.

Lucia died in 1906 when she was in her 40s. There is some mystery about how she died. My mother used to imagine that Lucia had had a riding accident since she found the idea so romantic. I obtained Lucia’s death certificate from Somerset House but the writing is too spidery to transcribe and be certain of the cause.  Her name suggests there was an Italian connection in the family but I…

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Mademoiselle Couture © First Night DesignMademoiselle Couture © First Night Design

June is bustin’ out all over for me as I have had the most marvellous compliments on my art in the last few weeks and, to top it all, Mademoiselle Couture has just been featured by the RedBubble group, Artists Universe, in their Artist of the Month – June 2013.  As a self-taught artist, who has spent most of the last 30-odd years as an actress, this is an honour indeed.

Click here to see how I created this collage.

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah

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I created The Glass Cloche with Mother’s Day in mind but it could just as easily be for any occasion whether a birthday, Easter or such like.

I used one texture and one vintage background from 2 Lil’ Owls and the bird in the cloche  from The Graphics Fairy.

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


‘A hundred years ago there were 100,000 tigers in the wild. Today there are as few as 3,200.’

Over wide streams and mountains great we went,
And, save when Bacchus kept his ivy tent,
Onward the tiger and the leopard pants,
With Asian elephants:
Onward these myriads–with song and dance,
With zebras striped, and sleek Arabians’ prance,
Web-footed alligators, crocodiles,
Bearing upon their scaly backs, in files,
Plump infant laughers mimicking the coil
Of seamen, and stout galley-rowers’ toil:
With toying oars and silken sails they glide,
Nor care for wind and tide.
John Keats — Song of the Indian Maid from Endymion

Artwork comprising a vintage image from The Graphics Fairy:

One of my earlier designs:
Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah

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This piece was inspired by vintage fashion plates and decorative postcards from long ago.

I began with a shop background from Wikimedia.

I added part of a texture from Kerstin Frank on Flickr.
The Edwardian fashion plate and her double, and the lemons are from The Graphics Fairy.

A Lady's Curious Reflection © First Night Design

A Lady’s Curious Reflection © First Night Design

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


The Cows Came Home

The Cows Came Home by Sarah Vernon

I’m still in my ‘yellow period’ and back with cows! Background is from EKDuncan-My Fanciful Muse and the cows from The Graphics Fairy. I have used various textures to create a cracked and peeling effect.

Linking to Brag Monday.

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


June is bustin’ out all over for me as I have had the most marvellous compliments on my art in the last few weeks and, to top it all, Mademoiselle Couture has just been featured by the RedBubble group, Artists Universe, in their Artist of the Month – June 2013.  As a self-taught artist, who has spent most of the last 30-odd years as an actress, this is an honour indeed.

Click here to see how I created this collage.

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


And here’s the second in the series using black & white clip art from The Graphics Fairy. In fact, Karen only added this fashion plate lady to her blog today!

Linking to Brag Monday.

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah

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