Digital Art: Pocket Full of Happy


Sometimes our own little world is not very happy.
Bad stuff happens. Pets die. Friends disappoint us. Parents get old and sick and spend their remaining months or years in a nursing home.
Having battled depression most of my life, I like being around happy people and creating happy stuff. I hope my creations put a smile on your face. 

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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.

Free as a Bird

Birds teach me things about life. They don’t care what their friends think of them, what kind of house they live in, what kind of car they drive, what they wear, or where they send their kids to school. They don’t boast. They don’t preach, judge and condemn. They don’t worry where their next meal is coming from, or where they’ll be this time tomorrow. They love their kids and work tirelessly to care for them. When it’s time for the kids to leave home, momma pushes them out of the nest and teaches them to fly. They sing, they play, they soar through the air with ease. That’s because they don’t burden themselves with the cares of the world, kill themselves to make tons of money, torture themselves because they goofed up, strive to be something they’re not. They are exactly what God created them to be . . . birds.

Home Sweet Home

In my fantasy world, everyone lives in peace. Like a bird, nobody’s staggering home drunk. Nobody’s yelling. Nobody’s beating his wife and kids. Nobody’s crying alone in the dark.

Walk in Truth

Walk in Truth

What happened to our desire to walk in truth? Did we find it too boring? Too impossible? Too old-fashioned? Or has it just fallen along the wayside and trampled by corruption and greed?

For the Birds

A Bird’s Life

Then there’s the cat. Sly and sneaky, always preying on something smaller and weaker than itself. Just like the bullies of the world. Those who prey on women and children, the elderly and the poor. The cat is just being a cat. People should know better.

Sing a New Song

Sing a New Song

I think if a bird were trying to teach us a new song it would go something like this: Smile more, complain less, and love your neighbor as yourself.

Paradise

Paradise

Like a bird, we have to make our own paradise. No one can make it for us. All it takes sometimes is to lower our expectations of ourselves and the people around us.

Welcome

Welcome

Birds do not welcome just anyone into their home; only those who belong there. We can all benefit from that practice. Anyone who comes into my home and drags me to the pit of despair with all their moaning and groaning is not welcomed back. I can be depressed all by myself, I don’t need anyone’s help.

Home Sweet Home

Home is Sweet

Like a bird, I’m just plain and simple. Maybe that comes with age, I don’t know. All I know is, I have everything I need and I’m satisfied with that. I’m thankful for a warm bed at night, food in my belly, and a computer and TV. Oh, and my dog, Rascal. And of course, my family: my husband, my son and his wife and their four children, daughter-in-law, and grandson. We love one another, laugh and play together, and miss each other when we’re apart. I thank God for such a loving, wholesome relationship.

Maybe in your eyes none of the above has anything to do with birds, but in my heart it has everything to do with birds. They are simple, honest, and free, the way all people are meant to be.