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This is a delightful vintage photograph from Wikimedia of the seafront at Southwold (not ‘Southwell’, as the site erroneously calls it) on the Suffolk coast, blended with several textures created out of my photographs. I adore the grainy, textured look. I feel it has a touch of John Atkinson Grimshaw about it…and another artist whose name escapes me. Are you reminded of any other artists? Not, I hasten to add, that I’m putting myself on that level! To enhance the whole, I did quite a deal of work on the tone, sharpness, brightness and contrast and so forth.

A Stroll Along the Seafront Throw Pillow
A Stroll Along the Seafront Throw Pillow by FirstNightDesign

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Sarah

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I’m putting my cards on the table to tell you I’m in love with my latest piece, a burnt-out pier! I keep looking at it in Photoshop and giving a contented sigh or two! And this I say coming straight from a conversation with Vanessa Couchman about the difficulty of promoting your own work after an upbringing which taught us never to put ourselves forward or show off — if anything, we were directed to show off the work of others. “I don’t think it gets any more comfortable but one becomes more proficient at it,” said Vanessa. She’s right. It’s something we have to do on social media if we are to get any attention. That said, I’m not feeling remotely uncomfortable telling you of my love on this occasion; I wonder why.

I began with this photograph by Victoria Alexander at Unsplash (loving this site of free, high-resolution photographs, if you hadn’t already guessed).

I used one texture — 2LO Distressed 11 from Denise Love at 2 Lil’ Owls, bought via Design Cuts – and another from Lenabem-Anna J. on Flickr.

There followed a great deal of blending and stretching and tweaking before it was done.

Pier into the Depths Greeting Card Pier into the Depths Greeting Card

I hope you like it too. If you do, as Olga Núñez Miret says at the foot of her posts, you know what to do — like, comment and share!

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Sarah


My current obsession with the sea and the coast continues with Night Landings.

The original photograph is by Tim Mossholder at Unsplash and I have blended it with textures from 2 Lil’ Owls – 2LO Haunting 14 and 2LO Haunting 23.

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Have a beautiful Sunday…

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah

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