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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.

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Sarah

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Oil on canvas by British artist Eloise Harriet Stannard (1829–1915). Original & vintage art © First Night Design. Other shapes available.

Source: Christmas Still Life by Eloise Harriet Stannard Square Sticker | Zazzle

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Sarah


I’ve been nosing around the autochrome photographs on Wikimedia again and on this occasion I turned up the slightly-dull-but-full-of-possibility ‘Still Life with Ornate Chinese Vase’ by Frederick S Dellenbaugh, an American photographer. There’s no date attached to the image (it’s part of the Google Art Project) but autochromes were patented by the Lumière brothers in 1903 and marketed in 1907; it was the only colour process until superseded by colour film in the 1930s.

Although I haven’t added any painterly textures, the result of adding a texture from Kerstin Frank and another from 2 Lil’ Owls has made it look like a still life painting where the detail is immense, so great that you’re not sure whether it might not be a photograph. I’m thinking particularly of the Christmas Still Life by Eloise Harriet Standard that I put up for sale at Christmas.

People often ask if my work is really ‘accidental’ but I can assure you it is. I didn’t start The Chinese Vase off with the idea of a ’painted’ still life. As ever, I experimented with various textures and modes (‘overlay’, ‘burn’ and so forth) until an effect grabbed my aesthetic eye.

I would never have imagined the two textures above would have brought out the colour of the flowers and the brush strokes of the vase in the way they have nor, indeed, made the background recede to black as it has. It’s all very satisfying.

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Sarah


I had never heard of the Norwich-born British artist Eloise Harriet Stannard until I discovered her on Wikipedia and used a detail from her Christmas Still Life (oil on canvas) to create a book cover for The Romantic Manifesto. Such luscious colours and textures, such exquisite detail. Just look at those part-peeled oranges and you will start salivating. I believe I’ve seen the painting before — probably a chocolate box or two — but had never known the artist responsible.

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Eloise Harriet Stannard in 1904 (1829–1915) [Wikipedia]

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As Garlic for Heroes has just been featured in the Food for Thought group at Redbubble, here it is for your delectation (or not, of course) in a frame. Fear not, sweet tote-loving readers, I’ve also included the bag below since it would be perfect for shopping!

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‘What garlic is to salad, insanity is to art.’
Augustus Saint-Gaudens, American sculptor [1848-1907]

It was seeing this quote in an iPhone app that inspired Garlic is for Heroes, which I created with a photograph from Wikimedia and a texture overlay from, yes, 2 Lil’ Owls. It was an interesting reversal of my usual method where a visual idea comes first. I was so taken with the quote, I had to do something with garlic!

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Augustus Saint-Gaudens by De Witt C. Ward via Wikimedia Commons.

Saint-Gaudens, of whom I had not previously heard, was a sculptor of the Beaux-Arts generation who is said to have embodied the ideals of the ‘American Renaissance’. Wikipedia

I have taken my title from another quote, this time one by our old friend Anonymous who once said, “Shallots are for babies; onions are for men; garlic is for heroes.” Foodreference.com

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Sarah


One this day in 1839, the Post-Impressionist artist Paul Cézanne was born. To celebrate the event, I have started selling prints and greeting cards of his Still Life with Apples and a Pot of Primroses

Still Life with Apples and a Pot of Primroses is on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and is one of only two works in which the artist painted  primroses. The other, Pot of Primroses and Fruit, can be seen at the Courtauld Gallery in London.

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Sarah

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