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A selection of my art with a sea theme – Sarah Vernon

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Scent Of Pines Tote Bag by Sarah Vernon. The tote bag is machine washable, available in three different sizes, and includes a black strap for easy carrying on your shoulder. All totes are available for worldwide shipping and include a money-back guarantee.

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I confess to being inordinately pleased with how this turned out. Taking a photograph of rotting hulks on the Isle of Mull by DeFacto from Wikimedia, I gave it two coloured pencil treatments in Topaz Impressions. I inverted one of my muddy terracotta backgrounds so that it became blue. The final touch was to layer the photograph over the background in Photoshop’s Multiply mode.

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Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


EGRET: ORIGIN Middle English: from Old French aigrette, from Provençal aigreta, from the Germanic base of heron.

Oh, the utter joy of finding the right texture for the right photograph and creating something entirely other. I didn’t have to go far since one of the textures I’ve used for Reflecting Egret is one I created myself. The other is from Kerstin Frank. The photograph I’ve sandwiched between the two is by Laitche and from WikimediaI discovered it when I was looking for a pelican for the most recent Cover Makeover.

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Sarah


Abstract created in Photoshop with a couple of textures from 2 Lil’ Owls and a photochrom colour print from Wikimedia of an eel fisher’s hut on the Bore (Bure River) England, between 1890 and 1900.

It’s something a little different from my usual work. It was adding the textures from 2 Lil’ Owls that completely changed my original idea — yes, I had one in mind for once. I added one texture in Normal mode and overlaid it with another in Colour Burn before setting the original photograph to Soft Light. The resulting fire damage effect was far too appealing to me to let it go.

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Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


Happy New Year!


First of all, a quick note to say that I’ve almost run out of bandwidth this month (we downloaded a couple of films for the holidays) and I have to make what’s left last until 7th January. This is why I’ve not been doing my usual round of blog visits, alas, and won’t be able to until the 8th.


A surreal piece created in Photoshop with various family photographs, a clock face created for Behind Time using a photo by Rachael Towne on Flickr, a texture from 2 Lil’ Owls, and a fish from The Graphics Fairy.

I’d like to dedicate this post to writer Jo Robinson whose husband passed away suddenly on Boxing Day. It was cruel timing and Jo will have more than the blues to come to terms with now and in the months ahead. I have not stopped thinking about her having to bear such a terrible loss and send her much strength to withstand the tragedy. Take heart, Jo. We’re all thinking of you.

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Sarah


I have combined a beautiful landscape photograph by Ales Krivec at Unsplash with two textures from 2 Lil’ Owls, one in Photoshop’s Normal mode, the other in Linear Burn. The photo is the top layer and in Multiply mode.


“…freshly cut Christmas trees smelling of stars and snow and pine resin – inhale deeply and fill your soul with wintry night…”
John Geddes, A Familiar Rain


Scent of Pines Pack Of Gift Tags
Scent of Pines Pack Of Gift Tags


“I remember my childhood names for grasses and secret flowers. I remember where a toad may live and what time the birds awaken in the summer — and what trees and seasons smelled like — how people looked and walked and smelled even. The memory of odors is very rich.”
John Steinbeck, East of Eden


Scent of Pines Food Trays
Scent of Pines Food Trays

Scent of Pines Bicycle Playing Cards
Scent of Pines Bicycle Playing Cards

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Sarah


Original photo by Scott Webb from Unsplash lovingly blended with a texture from Kerstin Frank to create a ‘painting’.


“Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek.”
Dalai Lama XIV


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“Quiet is peace. Tranquility. Quiet is turning down the volume knob on life. Silence is pushing the off button. Shutting it down. All of it. – Amir”
Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner


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Sarah


I’m back on the moody and mysterious trail with Casanova’s Waterway. The original photograph of Venice, taken by Nick Scheerbart, is available for free from the Unsplash site, as are all the other photographs on this magnificent site for artists and designers.

My base layer (Normal mode in Photoshop) is 2LO Confetti 4, above which I added 2LO Confetti 9 (Multiply mode), both from 2 Lil’ Owls. The photograph looked delicious in Colour Burn mode. I tried many other blends, you can be sure, before settling on the latter.


“The sweetest pleasures are those which are hardest to be won.”
Giacomo Casanova, The Story of My Life


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Sarah


Connection News: While I’m still trying to work out what I’m supposed to have downloaded onto my new computer that added up to 30 gb in just one week – I was very circumspect and made sure not to download more than 5gb per week, which is why I’m so confused – I’ve had more news from the locals about the connection in this area being exceedingly slow because the service provider is digging up the road.  Sound familiar!

Keep Calm & Then Scream Throw Pillow
Keep Calm & Then Scream Throw Pillow

Even when I get to next month’s bandwidth allowance – from 8th March – it’s still not going to be a great connection. Don’t you just love the 21st century? In any case, it is still making it very difficult to like or reply to your comments with any consistency, let alone visit and do the same on your blog posts. 

On a pleasurable note, I have been at play once more and created Dark Angels, a somewhat surreal piece in feel, even though it doesn’t actually contain anything in the scene that wouldn’t be there in life. I hope it tickles your fancy!

Textures from Kerstin Frank and 2 Lil’ Owls.
Birds photograph by Patryk Sobczak at Unsplash.
Venice building background from Didier Descouens on Wikimedia.

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Sarah


One from the archives.

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Infinity InvitationsInfinity Invitations © Sarah Vernon @ First Night Design [Zazzle]

I’m very fond of watercolours.  Interestingly, I have heard people disparaging them over the years, almost as if they considered the skill required inferior to that of painting in oils or acrylics and thus making any result worthless.  To me, watercolour can often create a picture much more emotional and evocative than one done in another medium.

I suspect that the number of books teaching you How to Paint Watercolours in 4 Easy Lessons, or some such title, add to the myth that watercolour is easy and doesn’t require any talent or skill.  I find it difficult to paint with watercolour but have occasionally turned out something of note.  Believe me, it’s not as easy as it looks!

Now that a disabling condition, which affects my mobility and dexterity, has impacted on my ability to wield a paintbrush, I have…

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What does a girl, a plate of food, and a handwritten French document from 2 Lil’ Owls have in common? Nothing. Except all these elements have been combined, believe it or not, to create this piece. It’s astonishing what different shapes and colours can do when blended together. Throw in three different textural backgrounds, also from 2 Lil’ Owls and bought as a bundle from Design Cuts, and a beautiful swan from The Graphics Fairy and you have The Swan Also Rises. Yes, the title tickled me when I thought of it!

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Sarah


Island in the Storm
Island in the Storm by FirstNightDesign

Beguiling is the word when I think upon what I can do in Photoshop. About eighteen months ago, I started working on a photograph from Wikimedia of Okunevy Island in Lake Vuoksa, near Priozersk, situated between Finland and Russia.  It is a stunning image in itself, as you can see below, but I wanted to create something entirely new. Could I? Could I f**k! I let it be.

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Lake Vuoksa [Wikimedia]

In the meantime, my knowledge of what the software could accomplish increased exponentially, mostly by instinct and a deal of trial and error. (I’m not a one for following instructions — not the software kind, at least, since these rarely succeed in producing what I have in my mind’s eye.)

Yesterday, I picked up where I had left off and deleted some of the textures I had previously included and added new ones of my own, as well as this one from Kerstin Frank.

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Kerstin Frank

My usual tweaking not twerking and blending not bending resulted in Island Storm.

Island Storm © First Night Design

Island Storm © First Night Design

Island in the Storm
Island in the Storm by FirstNightDesign

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


I’m very fond of watercolours.  Interestingly, I have heard people disparaging them over the years, almost as if they considered the skill required inferior to that of painting in oils or acrylics and thus making any result worthless.  To me, watercolour can often create a picture much more emotional and evocative than one done in another medium.

I suspect that the number of books teaching you How to Paint Watercolours in 4 Easy Lessons, or some such title, add to the myth that watercolour is easy and doesn’t require any talent or skill.  I find it difficult to paint with watercolour but have occasionally turned out something of note.  Believe me, it’s not as easy as it looks!

Now that a disabling condition, which affects my mobility and dexterity, has impacted on my ability to wield a paintbrush, I have been exploring ways to create the same effect on a computer and I don’t just mean by use of a ‘watercolour’ filter in software such as Photoshop but by playing with layers of photographs and textures, and changing the blend modes as well as softening certain areas with various tools.  It’s a great joy experimenting and that’s how I created Infinity.

If you are interested in learning more about watercolour, whether you are an amateur or professional, I would recommend a book and DVD by the UK artist Jean Haines, Colour and Paint in Water Colour.   A reviewer on Amazon writes: ‘I can honestly say that this book, more than any other I have read (and there have been many), has directly influenced my work and way of thinking. Jean Haines is an Artist whose time is now. She is at the top of her game. You need to study the best. Buy this book.’

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah

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