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Features / PixElations 29 June 2016 / I’m delighted with the effect of a Kerstin Frank texture on my photograph of a run-down shed in my friend’s garden! (Photoshop) • Also buy this artwork on stationery, apparel, stickers, and more.

Source: “Abandoned Hideaway” Greeting Cards by Sarah Vernon | Redbubble

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I’m delighted to have sold a postcard of this image.

Featured in The Group-Gallery of Art & Photography 22 April 2013. / Night. An abandoned palace. The middle of nowhere. Two ghostly figures. Now let your imagination run riot. / Created in Photoshop with an interior from Wikimedia Commons, my own backgrounds and textures, and a clock from The Graphics Fairy • Buy this artwork on home decor, stationery, bags, and more.

Source: “A Night at the Palace” by Sarah Vernon | Redbubble

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As you know, I can never resist altering a modern photograph in order to give it a vintage feel. The original photograph of Saint Étienne Fontaine du Square Jean Cocteau in Paris is by Daniel Vill…

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I have to confess to an unwavering passion for narrow streets. The temptation to go exploring and, inevitably, to get hopelessly lost, is overpowering. This type of street is often laid with cobble…

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I’m delighted with the effect of a Kerstin Frank texture on my photograph of a run-down shed in my friend’s garden!

Abandoned Hideaway Throw Pillow
Abandoned Hideaway Throw Pillow by FirstNightDesign

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This is an old book-plate by Ernest Haslehurst of a public house called The Grapes at Limehouse (once The Bunch of Grapes) that I bought from collectors Vintage Views. It would be fun to think this Taylor Walker & Co pub was the inspiration for Dickens and Fagin’s den in Oliver Twist but it certainly makes me think of the narrow cobbled streets of Victorian London where pickpockets and other nefarious persons would ply their trade. It dates from the 16th century but the frontage is Victorian.

Although the original is in good nick, it has a faded quality even though it has not actually faded, so I added a duplicate layer in Overlay to bring out the colour and detail.

Look closely — I can see Nancy on the balcony, and isn’t that Bill Sikes with his Staffy, Bullseye, coming up the ladder? And surely that’s Fagin himself at the curtain. Could this not, in fact, be the very place from which Sikes hanged himself?

The Grapes does have a connection to Dickens, however, since he knew that area of Limehouse well and probably based The Six Jolly Fellowship Porters in Our Mutual Friend on it.

From the research I’ve done, I learn that the lessees are actor Sir Ian McKellen, director Sean Mathias and Evening Standard owner, Evgeny Lebedev, the trio having bought the pub in 2011; it looks as if it’s a charming place to find some excellent beer and food. Let me know if you visit.

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Sarah


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


Texture TanEphemeraKitchenLabels via Design Cuts.
Photo from Unsplash by Ales Krivec.
Photo from Unsplash by Padurariu Alexandru.
Own scrapbook image.


“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”
Marcus Tullius Cicero


Windows to the Soul Pillow
Windows to the Soul Pillow by FirstNightDesign at Zazzle


“What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.”
Aristotle


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Sarah


FROM THE ARCHIVE April 2015

I’ve been playing at Grand Central Station. Using a photograph of the concourse by Nicolai Berntsen and a red sky background by Breno Machado, both from Unsplash, I added a texture from Kim Klassen to create a painted effect which reminds me a little of L S Lowry. I should be so talented!


“The long days seduce all thought away…

Source: First Night Design | Waiting to Travel


Decaying Light © Sarah Vernon

Decaying Light © Sarah Vernon

After the success of Scorched Earth both here and in my galleries, I couldn’t resist trying the same process with the 2 Lil’ Owls texture—2LO Distressed 21—on my Chania lighthouse photograph. However, instead of Photoshop’s Overlay mode, I used Soft Light. I tweaked the tones of both the photograph and the texture so that the overall effect had more red than in Scorched Earth, or a Titian tone as I like to call it: such a lovely word.

Regular readers will know I do a lot of tweaking but I haven’t mentioned it for a while. I’m saying this just in case you experiment with the same processes I describe using similar photos or textures and discover you end up with something that doesn’t come close! For exact descriptions of what you can achieve in Photoshop, do visit Syd at DigitalLady. I don’t like to give away all my secrets!

I dedicate this post to the friends who commented on The Magic Lighthouse by saying how fond they were of lighthouses, a passion I share, as I think you may have guessed. Do visit these lovely blogs, all very different to each other. In no particular order I give you:

Beetley Pete
Yesterday After
Just Olga
Aquileana
Living with Batman

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Saint Étienne Re-imagined © Sarah Vernon

Saint-Étienne Re-imagined © Sarah Vernon

As you know, I can never resist altering a modern photograph in order to give it a vintage feel. The original photograph of Saint Étienne Fontaine du Square Jean Cocteau in Paris is by Daniel Villafruela on Wikimedia which I have blended with textures from 2 Lil’ Owls.


“Mirrors should think longer before they reflect.”
Jean Cocteau


 “Be yourself. The world worships the original.”
Jean Cocteau


“We must believe in luck. For how else can we explain the success of those we don’t like? ”
Jean Cocteau


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Sarah


This is an extremely early piece when I was only just beginning to realise what textures could do for a photograph. The windmill, from Wikimedia, is on the Île de Noirmoutier, an island that lies off the coast of France, and I used a filter from Snap Art, one of my background textures, and one from Skeletal Mess.


Windmill or no windmill, he said, life would go on as it had always gone on–that is, badly. Animal Farm by George Orwell


The Windmill 3 Ring Binder
The Windmill 3 Ring Binder

The Windmill Pack Of Standard Business Cards
The Windmill Pack Of Standard Business CardsThe Windmill Postage
The Windmill Postage

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Never talk to a client about architecture. Talk to him about his children. That is simply good politics. He will not understand what you have to say about architecture most of the time. An architect of ability should be able to tell a client what he wants. Most of the time a client never knows what he wants. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe


Romance in Stone Postcard
Romance in Stone Postcard

This is one of my earliest efforts with textures and handwriting over a photograph of a street in Chania. I knew so much less about how to use Photoshop in those days but it still pleases me that it came out as it did. Another of those happy accidents.

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Sarah


I’ve been playing at Grand Central Station. Using a photograph of the concourse by Nicolai Berntsen and a red sky background by Breno Machado, both from Unsplash, I added a texture from Kim Klassen to create a painted effect which reminds me a little of L S Lowry. I should be so talented!


“The long days seduce all thought away, and we lie like the lizards in the sun, postponing our lives indefinitely.”
― Elizabeth SmartBy Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept


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I have to confess to an unwavering passion for narrow streets. The temptation to go exploring and, inevitably, to get hopelessly lost, is overpowering. This type of street is often laid with cobblestones and not so easy for me this century since wheelchairs do not react kindly to such surfaces and juddering progress is rather painful on my decrepit old body.

The original photograph was charming, if a little on the dark side. It was this darkness that I decided to make a virtue. The title is tongue-in-cheek but the resulting image does look rather like a street that would lead to Roman Polanski’s vampires in The Fearless Vampire Killers, or any vampire film come to that!

Original photograph by Bruno Marinho from Unsplash
Textures 2 Lil’ Owls

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Sarah

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