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To celebrate what would have been Maya Angelou’s 90th birthday, here is the great lady herself with ‘I Rise’. She is never less than inspiring. I’ve posted this video before but it never fails to touch my soul.

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Sarah

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I’ve recently sold some of my prettiest images as postcards and very pleasing that is!

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Sarah

 


FROM THE ARCHIVE 12th November 2014

Created with a vintage lady from The Graphics Fairy and overlays from my texture collection.

Dance, Little Lady

‘Tho’ you’re only seventeen,
Far too much of life you’ve seen,
Syncopated child.
Mayb…

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Christmas_card2_byLouisPrang

Huge thanks to all of you for visiting and commenting. You have made 2016 a year to remember, not least from visiting your blogs and relishing your art, your writing and your humour.

WISHING YOU A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!
May 2016 bring you everything you need for a peaceful and happy life.

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


The title is a quote from The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark in which the inimitable Morningside teacher of impressionable girls is talking about carnations. These vintage flowers—at least, I think they’re carnations—are from Mindy Somers of Vintage Art Downloads, a treasure chest of high-resolution images for artists. The underlay is one of my watercolour textures in pale magenta and green.

Below is a snippet from the film version of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969) with Maggie Smith as Brodie and Celia Johnson as the headmistress, Miss Mackay. Incidentally, Dame Celia and I went to the same boarding school…though not at the same time. Obviously.

’Such Serviceable Flowers’ Greeting Card
Such Serviceable Flowers Greeting Card

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Sarah


jeanlucspringtime

A beautiful video by a new friend, Jean Luc Delagree, of springtime in Barnes, South West London, an area I know well having lived most of my life in Richmond and East Sheen. Enjoy!

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Sarah


A direct contrast to the feel of yesterday’s Song for Freedom, Land, Ho! is another design from a few years ago that centres on my photograph of an abandoned fishing boat in Nea Chora in Chania on the island of Crete, and to which I added textures from Shadowhouse Creations.

To say ‘abandoned’ is, perhaps, to stretch the truth since one sees many apparently abandoned boats  (and houses) on this island that have not been abandoned but have been worked on for years without any sign of improvement! When it comes to the dilapidated houses, it can be assumed that the owners are a disparate collection of family members who have inherited the property and who can’t agree on what should be done with it. It is so sad to see them going by the board as they are often three or four hundred years-old and beautiful examples of Venetian or Ottoman Empire architecture.

Land Ho!
If I get my hands on a dollar bill
Gonna buy a bottle and drink my fill.
[Lyrics to Land Ho by The Doors]

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Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


You're the Cream in My Coffee Valentine Spiral Note Book
You’re the Cream in My Coffee Valentine Spiral Note Book

You can’t beat Nat King Cole…enjoy!

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Sarah


Created with a vintage lady from The Graphics Fairy and overlays from my texture collection.

Dance, Little Lady

‘Tho’ you’re only seventeen,
Far too much of life you’ve seen,
Syncopated child.
Maybe if you only knew
Where your path is leading to
You’d become less wild
But I know it’s vain
Trying to explain
While there’s this insane
Music in your brain

Dance, dance, dance little lady
Youth is pleasing to the rhythm
Beating in your mind
Dance, dance, dance little lady
So obsessed with second best
No rest you’ll ever find
Time and tide and trouble
Never, never wait
Let the cauldron bubble
Justify your fate
Dance, dance, dance little lady
Dance, dance, dance little lady
Leave tomorrow behind.

Time and tide and trouble
Never, never wait
Let the cauldron bubble
Justify your fate
Dance, dance, dance little lady
Dance, dance, dance little lady
Leave tomorrow behind.

—Noël Coward, from This Year of Grace, his musical revue from 1928. And below is the man himself singing the number.

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Sarah


‘Let me entertain you, Let me make you smile.’
Gypsy 1962

Page updated 10 August 2014

Let me introduce you to the new pages on my blog.

First of all, Galleries, which gives links to each portfolio where my work can be bought. The fact that this is long overdue and should have been added last year, or even the year before, may make you smile.

The other new page gives links to my various Online Newspapers covering everything from art and design, history and literature to food and a reality check.

In the meantime, enjoy Natalie Wood singing Let Me Entertain You in the 1962 movie based on the life of Gypsy Rose Lee.

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


The Divine Sarah © First Night Vintage

The Divine Sarah © First Night Vintage

“Life begets life. Energy creates energy.  It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich.”

Throughout last week, I could be seen glued to the front door waiting for a small packet of vintage postcards from my favourite shop in Berlin, Bartko-Reher-OHG, to be pushed through the letterbox and land with a soft thud onto the doormat.  On Friday, it arrived and I couldn’t have been  happier for among the postcards I had bought was this beauty of The Divine Sarah, Sarah Bernhardt, the great French stage actress who lived long enough to appear in some very early silent films (see below).

Yes, ’tis she of the wooden leg who, in a great example of cross-gender casting, played Hamlet, wooden leg an’ all; she who used a coffin as a bed; she who was described as a notorious liar by  Alexandre Dumas, fils and who was once sacked from the Comédie-Française for slapping another actress round the face. She was also said to have had an affair with the Prince of Wales (Edward VII).


Sarah Bernhardt in Queen Elizabeth (1912)

I have no idea of the date of the photograph but it’s clear that my namesake was young at the time.  Since she was born in 1844, I don’t think I would be far wrong if I said it was taken in the late-1860s or early ’70s. Whether it was for a production or simply Mademoiselle Bernhardt at home is a tough call. To our modern eyes, she looks to be ‘in costume’ but that would be to forget that this was how those with money and a healthy social life dressed at the time.  If anyone can shed any light, please comment below as I would love to know more.


Sarah Bernhardt in Daniel (1921)

When I was young and fell in love with the theatre, I wanted to be the late-20th century equivalent of Ellen Terry, to whom I bear a slight resemblance when in profile. Short of that, it was going to be a British version of The Divine Sarah.  As it is, I have to be content with selling their charms!

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah

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