Where do you find your bliss? For each of us, the answer is different. For those of you who have been with me on this blogging journey, it is no secret where I find mine. First and foremost it is in the knowledge that I rest in the the loving care of God. He reveals that to me every day, and he has given me many reasons for joy, not the least of which has been a creative spirit. With that in mind, I created a new digital work with Photoshop CC.
I share that creative spirit with many talented artists from around the world. The photograph of the girl comes from a gifted photographer and artist, Janna Prosvirina. Janna is the model in her photography and she generously allows artists to use her photographs in their artwork. You can see her stunning work on her gallery homepage at Deviant Art. She is also a wonderful fantasy artist and she uses her photography as reference for her own lovely paintings. You can see her delightful work on her facebook page, Janna Prosvirina Fantasy Art.
Bliss is a composite of stock images, as well as my digital painting. There are approximately thirty layers of digital painting, photos, adjustments and filters that make up the finished work. The grid-like image is from Darwin Guevarra at Free Images.com. The stars image was provided by NASA Art Space. The ornament behind the girl's head came from The Graphics Fairy.
I've also been working on some pastel paintings. These are scenes from my travels to Santa Fe and Arches National Park.
Finally, in catching you up on all the news, I must share a bit of sadness, a bit of joy, and immeasurable gratitude. It was with great sorrow last winter that we said goodbye to our sweet golden retriever, Molly. She went to sleep for the last time on the first Tuesday in February. She gave us thirteen and a half years of unconditional love, laughter, and companionship. I'm grateful that she passed on naturally with all of us at her side at home. I miss her more than I can find words to express.
June 6, 2000 - February 4, 2014
The most chilling event came in May. My son and his girlfriend were coming home from a date when the car he was driving skidded on a patch of gravel and careened into a utility pole. His girlfriend said that they were going to hit it head on. She doesn't know how My son managed to sideswipe it at the last second. He injured his wrist trying to maintain control. The passenger window exploded on impact and the left side support of the frame collapsed. Miraculously, they both walked away. The car was totalled. The paramedics told him that they are out at that curve every week due to the problem with gravel. Blessedly, the police officer determined that road condition was the cause. I am so grateful - cars can be replaced. People cannot.
I do have another happy event to share. I lasted about three weeks after Molly died. Finally, I could stand the silence no longer. May I introduce to you my new studio assistant? We welcomed Sam at the end of February. Needless to say, life has been lively around here.
As you can see, Sam the golden has made himself quite at home here.