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FROM THE ARCHIVE 23rd February 2013
My latest collage created with ephemera from my collection and a flamingo from Birds from The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and The Bahama Islands by Mark Catesby and George Edwards, published in 1754, and found on Public Domain Review.

I must confess to being immoderately pleased with how this turned out, particularly…

Source: Enchanted Flamingo Collage

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One from the archive. Happy Saturday!

First Night Design

Photography Prints

‘Your work is visually stimulating and quite unique, Sarah. Beautiful!’

I was so overwhelmed by this comment made by artist David Bowman on my digital art piece, Walking the Dogs, that I had to share it.

Thank you, David.  You have made my day!  Below is a taster of David’s photography, which is exquisite.

Photography Prints

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah

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One from the archive. Happy Wednesday!

First Night Design

My latest collage created with ephemera from my collection and a flamingo from Birds from The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and The Bahama Islands by Mark Catesby and George Edwards, published in 1754, and found on Public Domain Review.

I must confess to being immoderately pleased with how this turned out, particularly the colours.  Knock me down to size if you think I’m getting above myself!  This actually came about, as so many of my pieces do, by accident.  I was working on a completely different artwork and a chance blending in Photoshop made me save the result for something else.  This is that something else.  I do hope you like it.

Take care and keep laughing!

About Sarah & First Night Design

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Time to get your voting fingers polished! I have entered the #SCOPE Art Show’s Year in Review.  Any and all votes gratefully received.

What your votes could bring me:

  • A trip around the world or a $2,500 cash grant
  • An ‘exclusive feature’ on the See.Me blog
  • A ‘gorgeous’ online portfolio
  • A package of  ‘exclusive gifts and discounts’ from their sponsors ($75 value)

This is not to mention that the Early Entry Award  comes into play since all artists who enter their work by Friday, 29 November, 2013 at 11:59pm EST will be considered for this, which includes:

  • $1,000 cash grant
  • An online feature published by See.Me
  • Printed feature in the SCOPE catalog

So what do we get in return, I hear you ask.

  • The pleasure of selflessly supporting a starving, disabled artist!

My portfolio can be viewed and voted on by See.Me members and members of the public. That is where you come in…!

Click here to vote.

Bless you!

Dancing in Greek is available to buy at the following galleries:
RedBubble
Fine Art America
Saatchi Online
Zazzle

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


Alice In Wonderland | Assemblage Art

Reblogged from Messie Jessie.

Alice in Wonderland Art Assemblage

Alice in Wonderland © Messie Jessie

It’s another busy week, I’ve got my niece for the week doing her work experience with me, which I’ve been looking forward to.  She’s studying A Level art and is wanting to attend university this year studying art and then moving into art therapy.  She wants to work with children and adults with learning difficulties.  An area I’ve really enjoyed teaching in.

Anyway back to the pictures, last week I found two small compact little books and thought they would suit Alice in Wonderland because of their small size. These pics are of the first little assemblage I’ve done with the books.  Hopefully I’ll finish the other one tomorrow.

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Sue Griffiths, the talented lady behind Messie Jessie, produces the most exquisite art assemblage pieces, often based on classic literature whether Gone with the Wind, Little Women or Wuthering Heights.  Take a look — you’ll be enchanted.

I envy her dexterity for had my fingers still been working properly, art assemblage is  a craft I would have relished. As a child and a teenager, I was constantly busy making all manner of things which I hoped to sell. I covered notebooks in corduroy, baked clay adornments for necklaces or produced miniature theatres out of old cardboard.

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


‘Why should you be disappointed, or think less of a work of art, if it is created digitally or by a computer program? Does that make it somehow less “authentic”? The computer is just a tool, like paint is a tool…’ Renata Bernal on Tumblr

Birds of the Jungle

I have no choice but to create art digitally because of an autoimmune condition that affects my dexterity and mobility.  However, it has taken a long time for me to acknowledge that whatever medium is used, the result is still art. Even now there is a part of me that feels I am cheating so that when I read the thoughts of an established artist such as Renata Bernal, it is exactly the affirmation I need to boost my confidence. Thank you, Ms Bernal.

Architectural Oddity

Cubist Shutters Doors And Windows

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


Fine Art America is holding a contest to choose images for their next national television advertising campaign. There’s a catch — isn’t there always.  You can submit three images in total but any one image has to have garnered at least 250 votes by 30th June to go forward into the next, juried, round.  I can’t see myself having an ice cream’s chance in hell of getting anywhere near such a figure, but I would be very happy to get as many votes as I can.  Voting is open to all although if you are not already a member of Fine Art America, you will need to register as a ‘collector’. On the other hand, if you are an artist yourself – photographer, fine artist, mixed media artist – why not consider joining FAA, building a portfolio and entering the contest yourself.

Fine Art America National TV Photo Contest

My three images are as follows:

In the hope that you like one or all of them enough to register and vote, I thank you.  As I understand it, you have a hundred votes to play with but can only vote once for any given image.

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


Enchanted Flamingo Collage
Enchanted Flamingo Collage

My latest collage created with ephemera from my collection and a flamingo from Birds from The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and The Bahama Islands by Mark Catesby and George Edwards, published in 1754, and found on Public Domain Review.

I must confess to being immoderately pleased with how this turned out, particularly the colours.  Knock me down to size if you think I’m getting above myself!  This actually came about, as so many of my pieces do, by accident.  I was working on a completely different artwork and a chance blending in Photoshop made me save the result for something else.  This is that something else.  I do hope you like it.

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Take care and keep laughing!

About Sarah & First Night Design


Photography Prints

‘Your work is visually stimulating and quite unique, Sarah. Beautiful!’

I was so overwhelmed by this comment made by artist David Bowman on my digital art piece, Walking the Dogs, that I had to share it.

Thank you, David.  You have made my day!  Below is a taster of David’s photography, which is exquisite.

Photography Prints

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


466px-Rembrandt_van_Rijn_184

Self-portrait with gorget by Rembrandt, circa 1629. Oil on oak panel. Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg

Do you have a favourite Rembrandt?  Of course, it’s an invidious question.  Which of us can choose only one from any artists’ oeuvre, let alone that of a Master such as Rembrandt [1606-1669].  If I had a gun to my back, it would be one of his early self-portraits, Self-portrait with gorget [above], which lays bare a touching vulnerability and innocence.  I suspect that part of the attraction lies in its passing resemblance to my maternal forebears in the set of the eyes!

Click here to see the choice of Katherine Blood, Curator of Fine Prints at the Library of Congress.

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah

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