I created this picture using vintage images. It features a vintage ballerina overlayed with sheet music from a bygone era. I hope you like it.
Pepper dreams of having a magenta peony garden of her own some day…
On Cannery Row in Monterey, California, there is a large hotel on the shoreline with a beautiful red bougainvillea growing across the entrance to the lobby. This is my photograph of it in an impressionist digital art style. The photograph was taken in the late fall. By Christmas time I made a soft dreamy look to the picture. It has an impressionism style that brings out the reds and golden yellows that makes one happy to look at it. I hope you enjoy the colors and flowers too!
This is my original rose photograph taken a couple of years ago. I added several layers of textures and paint effects. Then I added the butterflies and their trails. Butterflies fly over the garden flowers every spring, so it wasn’t very difficult to imagine little butterfly trails following them fluttering from one flower to another. The colors in this picture are quite vibrant and cheerful.
Recently I’ve noticed there are people who are asking if we’ve had enough of hope by now. They are saying hope does nothing to help our President move the country forward. In fact, some even say, hope is not what we need to make it all better; that we are being unrealistic by having hope. I might say that is considered hopeless thinking.
Americans have had hope since they came across the ocean from England as pilgrims. They braved a huge ocean to come to an unknown land and all they had was hope. Then they braved a huge wide-open country to ride in covered wagons across the dangerous wilderness to settle the West. They brought their hope along with them. Since then they’ve invented things, built things, and come up with huge ideas, all because they had the hope it would work.
Humans are the only creatures who know how to hope! Have you heard of a rabbit that has hope, or a cat?
We’re facing times of change now. Change is needed in many directions for the United States, the world, and the environment. The art world has always been expressive of these, sometimes painful, changes in our society. I prefer to think we will always have hope to succeed in life. Without that we have nothing.
A path to progress is one of hope, planning, staying on track, and moving forward.