Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Home and Health


When I saw the latest 2 things challenge I knew I had to participate because above all I love my humble home. It is the place where my spirit is renewed and the place where I can be me and even jump for joy whenever I see a butterfly.

I'd love to hear your comments and critiques, so please take the time to write as it will be so appreciated.

Deconstruction: The house is one of my photos, as are a couple of the butterflies. The woman and the peacock came from dreamstime.com ($2). The remaining butterflies came from Wikimedia Commons using mayflower search. There are were an incredible number of layers (29); most for butterflies but some to correct some distracting areas. It finished out at 18 layers. One filter, dry brush, was used on the house layer to soften it. Lighting effects were used on most of the objects to brighten them.

17 comments:

John (Copyright JMM 2007-2008) said...

Perfect image flowing with your posiitve energy. That cannot be cookie cutter copied.

Image is strong and the model's fashions is appropriate to home when new sd it mirrors vitalkity and youth.

I would ahve placed the peacock to the right on top of roof - this would drway your ewye there but model is a strong visual that would pul you back to middle.

Most basic composition rules are based on thirds and the fact we read form left to right - our eyes are trained to go off the page and to go down. Dynamics are created by manipulating those rules - elements pacify or jumble the eye.

Too simplistic I know. Sorry for long blog and did not mean at all to criticize. Lovely construction.

Hannah's Mom said...

I love it Bobbie!! You all are so amazing. Would you send your email. I have an update I would like to send you in person.
:)
Happy New Year!

Neda said...

The collage expresses so much uninhibited joy! I love the way the butterflies lead to the woman whose stretched arms seem to be wings welcoming the whole world. Her white dress accentuates the purity of this enchanted place. And I love the peacock on the roof. Bobbie, you have yet again astounded me :) BRAVO!!

Lisa Sarsfield said...

What a wonderful collage. I love the butterflies and the fact that I can see your house! It looks like a fun and peaceful place to be, somewhere that encourages peace and creativity.
It also sounds like a lot of work but you make it look easy!

I have just posted my reply to your tag on my blog to by the way. Never to old to play tag! lol

Bev said...

A lovely picture. This reminds of your piece with the tropical fish, and perhaps even of the one where you threw the snake into the forest, as you seem to be surrounded by a benign forest with beautiful butterflies now.

Sue O'Kieffe said...

uplifted arms. yes!!! affirmation with joy! you embracing your new life.
would you let us know whether you are interested in critique. it has been such a valuable part of my growth, but i don't want to step on toes.
~sue o'kieffe

Debi said...

This is EXACTLY what you look like when you wake up first thing in the morning! :)

In all seriousness (and lovely joyfulness) this is a stunningly happy picture and does so accurately portray your love of home and your inner spirit. Heck, the woman could easily be a picture of you in your 20s.

I'm amazed at your butterfly pictures (the gulf fritillaries are yours I'm guessing), and they are perfectly placed to exude that feeling.

I'm a little surprised at the peacock. I would have expected guineas. Or...or...are you thinking of adding peacocks to your refuge? I wouldn't be the least bit surprised!

One little tiny thing...you know you can straighten pictures after the fact, right? It's better to get the horizon aligned in the camera, but in a pinch, it can be done in Photoshop too.

You know what? I don't care one iota about that, really. It is A GLORIOUS COLLAGE and it just makes me happy looking at it. (Which I've done about a dozen times while writing this comment.)

Debi said...

By the way....that picture depicts how I feel when visiting your place. You see, it's not just you that loves your home. It's a homey, beautiful Home and now you are retired I hope you can spend lots of time there enjoying it in Health.

Rima said...

I'd be jumping for joy too if I had such a lovely place to live in! Wow, you've captured the meaning of HOME and HEALTH so well - again! love it

Sandollar said...

I just love the way you popped all those butterflies into your garden...now I know how to get them to come to mine..:)

Joy Logan said...

A very happy photo here nice. "Be it ever so humble...".

Sweet Irene said...

You're a regular professional and it is nice to see the house you live in, even if you are not that woman.

I can see that you live in a real pretty place and you must be a special person to deserve living there.

I can see why you care about nature so much, with all of it around you. What sort of wildlife do you see there?

Enzie Shahmiri said...

I love the butterflies! Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog.

Have a wonderful New Year!

dianeclancy said...

Hi Bobbie,

This is an incredible piece of showing your home and aliveness! Joy, purity .. YOU!

Thank you!

~ Diane Clancy
www.dianeclancy.com/blog

red tin heart said...

it makes me happy. i love it. xoxo nita

Lisa Sarsfield said...

Just a note to let you know I am thinking of you today and sending a big sincere JD hug your way.
Lisa :)

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