The Rose

The Stone Rose

My oldest daughter presented me with a stone rose upon returning from a trip to a Renaissance Faire in honor of my appreciation for roses.  I have worked with images of this rose in the past. This is by far my best effort to immortalize it using Photoshop. I used three layers and three different effects including texture.
The text is the last part of the song, The Rose, made famous by Bette Midler. I thought it was fitting, a message of hope, and a gentle reminder that sometimes, it takes time.


Angel and Light, and Butterflies

Butterflies Angel and Light
Many morning lately have been misty, cloudy, even foggy in the desert mountains of SoCal. I follow a US Forest Service webcam which I believe is meant to report air quality; however, it also affords a wonderful aerial view. As if I am on top of the mountain.
I was delighted by this bowl of clouds. I kept thinking it looked like one could walk on it, walk on water, as it were. In my mind, I pictured dancers, dancing on the clouds. Then I considered heavenly bodies and placed my angel in the center. I added a lighting effect, to simulate sunrise. Then the ring of butterflies to escort the angel on her way.
Perhaps this will remind you of someone who guides you along your way.
Just something bright and hopeful to consider.

I’ve Got a Song

I've Got a Song
Inspired by one of my all-time favorite songs by Jim Croce.
I went to a lot of trouble to layer the birds together here. Then I was simply going to post the lyrics with the design. When I looked up the lyrics, it seems that what I’ve heard all these years as phoebe was in fact baby. Baby’s cry. Funny thing is, I think I’ve learned that before and have stubbornly continued to sing it as phoebe’s cry, in my mind.
I decided to call it paraphrasing, and give Mr. Croce the credit for the idea.
If you’d like to see the lyrics in full, you can find them here:
You can also google the song on YouTube, which is what I did. It’s always worth another listen, in my book.
Please enjoy 🙂

Magical Moonlight

Moonlight is Magic

I stepped outside one evening to find the moon playing hide and seek among the clouds. Its glow lit up the edges of the gaps and cast multi-colored lights in a halo. I gazed long enough, I hoped, to implant that image in my brain to recall at later moments.
Back at my Photoshop, I retrieved an image of the full moon and a cloudy sky, hoping to marry them into some semblance of my memory. I was using a Distort filter to make the gap in the clouds more natural when I was called away from my work. Upon my return, I was surprised to see the profile that was now present in my design. I turned the different layers off and on, seeking the source of the profile. Finally I realized it was no one layer that bore the profile, but the combination that created it. By now, the original purpose of creating this design had given way to the enchanting notion of this mystical creature with the golden crown dancing among the clouds in the moonlight. At that moment, the only thing left to do was to cast a rainbow upon it, amidst the starlight that now resembled falling snow.
Please share with me the magic that is moonlight.