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.
When Spring arrives, our flowering cherry tree has white and pinkish blossoms that seem to illuminate the yard in the sunlight. The blossoms hang like little Japanese lanterns in a soft glow along the branches. It becomes a celebration when Spring arrives and the Easter holiday begins.
Inspire someone to take up a creative hobby. It helps the mind focus on things that are important. One of those important things is the well-being of your mind and body. In the difficult times of your life, it’s very important to concentrate on your positive ideas and make them happen. This is a picture I made when I was experimenting and learning how to use Photoshop. I was also experimenting with the digital camera. I take a camera with me everywhere.
The light shines on the garden in various ways during the day. When I noticed that, I decided I needed to try and capture that look… that feeling. One thing leads to another and I started making a website. It all took a while to learn how to do all this. I read and practiced many days a week.
Now it’s part of me and I can’t picture myself ever quitting!