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Flower-Inspired Fantasy

Remember this photo from my last post? You may have seen just a lovely flower . . .

But I saw this. Of course, I didn’t see it right away. It was well hidden beneath the sludge of my imagination, clogging my creative juices. It seemed forever that I sat staring at my blank computer screen, trying this, deleting that, starting over, filling my coffee cup for the umpteenth time, playing with the dog, talking on the phone, checking the weather, praying for world peace . . .

But in the end, persistence paid off.

Thanks again for stopping by.

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Fantasy . . . From Photos to Other Stuff

As many of you know, I enjoy working with Colin’s (atrampinthewoods.wordpress.com) photos. I also enjoy running off to Fantasy Land when things get too rough for me to handle, like yesterday. And the day before. And the day before that.

Fantasy LandThat’s when I end up here where my faithful dragonfly, Zooky, excitedly awaits me. Like a child I climb his sleek, jewel-toned back (I’m very tiny here) and together we zoom to a mystical place where the cares of the world disintegrate into fairy dust.

Okay, enough of that. I guess you’re wondering what the heck this is.

It’s an angel, silly. Using another photo that Colin posted, I turned a humble forest mushroom into a sweet little angel.

I know you know what this is . . .

another angel. I wonder if Colin saw her hiding in this beautiful flower when he photographed it.

I’m not going to trick you with this one. It’s a flower . . . for now, somewhere in the Forest of Dean where all lovely things await Colin’s undivided attention. I did, however use it in my fantasy picture above. Remember seeing it?

Well, you’ve reached the end of another post. Thanks so much for stopping by and for clicking the little like button. Oh, and for leaving a much appreciated comment.

One more thing. For all you digi artists, my designs are free for your own personal use. The embellishments, like the angels in this post, are psp tubes with a transparent background. I’d like to see what you come up with!

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Birds of the UK . . . Digital Art

Although many people will draw their sword in a heartbeat on anyone who uses one of their photos, Colin is very generous to share his beautiful work with the world. I enjoy and appreciate his blog, atrampinthewoods.wordpress.com.

Following are photos of birds that Colin posted and I downloaded them to use in my digital designs.To create this picture, I erased the entire background of the photo, added a picture frame, flowers from a photo Colin posted, and lots of layers and special effects. Anyone who reads Colin’s posts knows that he is trying to get this robin to eat from his hand. He’s just inches away from winning the little guy’s trust.As you can see, I never leave a photo in its original state. I enjoy playing around with different effects jut to see what I can come up with. That is the art of learning.Buzzard. The mere word stirs up unpleasant images of scavengers feasting on roadkill. They give me the creeps. But they are beautiful birds.And finally, this little guy telling Colin it’s time to eat.

Thanks to Colin for the photos and for everyone for stopping by.

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Caricatures . . . The Sunny Side of Old Age

┬áThe Golden Years ain’t what they’re cracked up to be. Especially when you lose your job and have to make mortgage and car payments, pay medical bills and everything else in between on a skimpy Social Security check.

I get angry and depressed, but I haven’t slammed any doors, and my husband hasn’t rammed his fist through the wall, so I guess we’re good.

But it’s tough. So to keep me from screaming my head off and biting my nails to the quick, I drink coffee all day and sit at the computer creating happy stuff.

So, If you’re feeling as though life has done a number on you, I hope my people put a little smile on your face.

Thanks so much for stopping by and for your likes and comments.

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Caricatures . . . It’s a Hair Thing

Almost as far back as the Dark Ages, I had this thing about hair. My dolls lived in fear, wondering which one would be next to get a serious haircut. Eventually, they all got one. When I ran out of dolls, I started on my hair. I always left enough to wrap it around rollers, though . . .

Men, have you ever tried sleeping on these things? It’s like laying your head on a pillow of nails! I tried sleeping sitting up, hanging my head over the side of the bed, tossing and turning all night long trying to get comfortable. Finally, I came up with a solution . . .

a bonnet hair dryer from Mars. It was noisy and uncomfortable and totally boring waiting for my hair to dry so I could take out the curlers and finally get some sleep.

Then came the teasing and styling, and tons of hairspray to hold it all in place.

Then I went through the perms and hair coloring phase, both were costly, time-consuming, and damaging to my hair. Then . . .

Susan Powter came on the scene and I saw my chance for freedom! No more sleeping on curlers! No more hair dryers! No more frizzy perms! No more teasing, styling and spraying. I was gonna shave my head!

Then I ran into a whole new set of problems, the double takes, the glaring stares (mostly from men), the innocent and concerned questions.

One day I was coming out of the lady’s room in a restaurant and a little girl stared at me and asked, “Are you a girl?”

Another time a woman asked me if I was ill.

Then a million other questions like, why do you wear your hair so short? Does your hair ever grow? Won’t you please grow your hair out for me?

My favorite, though, is the time my husband and I were checking out of Lowe’s hardware store. I was wearing a ball cap. The moment the checker started telling me about her bout with cancer, I knew where this was going. On and on she went as the line continued to grow. Finally, handing me my bags she smiled sympathetically and said, “Keep up the good fight!”

I don’t get angry or offended when people stare me down or ask me silly, stupid questions. It makes for lots of laughs around the dinner table!

~Sandi

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Caricatures . . . More Inner People

img393 A martian with green hair and antennas would have fit into society better than I did growing up. Having red hair and freckles didn’t help much either. I was targeted for torment and ridicule throughout school, even by the teachers. I didn’t understand such blatant cruelty. I just knew how ugly and stupid I felt.

Makeup covered my freckles but it couldn’t cover the ugly scars etched deeply in my heart. I was wounded for life . . . till many years later I looked deep inside and decided to love myself . . . warts and all

Art and music help me communicate my feelings that I can’t always express with words. That’s why I enjoy creating caricatures so much. I can be who I’ve always wanted to be but was too afraid.

So here’s to my “coming out” party . . .

Caricature Sandi 8AThe first time I saw this photo I wanted to burn it. But I decide to create a caricature from it instead . . .

Next Halloween I’m gonna set Maggie on a broom and turn her loose.

Caricature Sandi 7Bert is my emotional body guard. She’s rough and tough and doesn’t take hurt and abuse from anyone any more.

Ginger wanted to be a hairstylist so she went to Beauty School. However, between working a full-time job and raising a family, she decided that all she really wanted was to be a stay-at-home mom. So she quit both job and Beauty School and never looked back.

Matty is an introvert. She likes playing the piano and spending hours at the computer. Like her dad, she doesn’t care for social gatherings, hates drama, and would rather have a tooth pulled without an anesthetic than be in a crowded room.

Alexandria is an artist. She sees beauty in everything, even a frog with warts.

Karen is an idealist. She believes that everyone should work as a team, follow the rules, and never harm a living thing.

Sondra carries her heart on her sleeve. When she was a child and someone looked at her cross-eyed she’d cry, and cry, and cry . . . .

Finally, Dee-Dee, as her grandchildren call her, is the one I’ve come to love. She’s soft and gentle, fun and playful, honest and true. She’s been through Hell and back trying to figure out who the heck she is. Now that she knows she’s living the rest of her life happy and content just being herself.

Well that’s it for now. Best wishes from me and all my people.

Below are the photos that I used to create my caricatures. Thanks for stopping by. All likes and comments are appreciated.

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Embellishments: Aliens

It’s been awhile since I designed and posted my Alien critters, and since I only received one like, I decided to try again. They are psp tubes in PNG format with a transparent background. Enjoy!

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