Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Elemental

Water. An element of life that possesses the ability to carve out rock, move mountains, generate energy and create storms; can at the same time be a source of renewal, sustainability, rhythm and flow. We can learn from the nature of water. "Go with the flow"- that's my phrase for this year. Flowing water always follows the path of least resistance finding its way back home to the sea. It is always moving, bending, curving as it needs; to accomplish its goal. I like that principle- why resist when you can go around or over or under. Being an earth sign (Capricorn)
that's not easy for me but I will let the element of water be my guide for a while.
This is my digital entry for the Three Muses Challenge this week (Water). I used a personal photo of a waterfall from a Yosemite trip a few years back, zoomed in to create the background and multiplied the layer for depth. Mermaid is from Dover (Rackham) and from her scales I made some rock-like elements . Gradient filters added in Photoshop.

49 comments:

  1. I love your phrase for the year. Something I need to remind myself to do more often. Very thoughtful post and another gorgeous piece of art! Thank you for your inspiration!

    ReplyDelete
  2. The colours really bring out the magic of what's behind this piece. It's soft, yet you can also feel the power behind the water and you have the same in the mermaid - alluring and gentle looking but oh so dangerous!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Wow, wow, wow Lori, this is magical!! Love it!! love the flow of the piece and the soft water colours. Excellent piece!! Standing ovations to you Lori!!

    Linda

    ReplyDelete
  4. Fabulous piece, Lori, and a great post too! I hope that everyone enlarges this to see all of your gorgeous details and layers. The way you've used her scales to create texture is amazing! Hugs, Terri xoxo

    ReplyDelete
  5. Lori this is soooo special, and has to be one of your very best ever, and you reminded me we should all take more time to go with the flow. Loud applause from my corner.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Hey Lori..I think we where at the same time on each others blog because while i am typing my comment here for you, I recive a email that you've comment on my entry !! LOL
    (oké I typ a little slower in the English language hahaha)
    ******
    I love reading your powerful words about this theme ; WATER !! And to see what you have created gives me a lot of respect and admiration !! Eye catching work Lori !!

    ReplyDelete
  7. oh wow Lori!! I love this piece...the water looks amazing....you are so creative and your pieces are always stunning!!!

    Hugs
    Diana

    ReplyDelete
  8. beautiful! that must have been a great trip! haven't been there before but have been to Yellowstone (which is an awesome place!)

    ReplyDelete
  9. Lori, this is so beautiful. I love the ghostly sprite (or mermaid) taking her energy from the waterfall and I enjoyed your thoughts on water which are so eloquently expressed. I love the way you have built rocks from the scaly tail! So creative.
    Great artwork and wonderful ideas.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Beautiful art, thoughtful words. I once read that all the waters of the world are one.....raindrop to rivulet to stream to creek to river to ocean, where it's swept up by the sun's rays to become raindrops yet again.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Wow,, Lori, what an amazing masterpiece, you can almost hear the waterfall - perfect piece!

    ReplyDelete
  12. Oh what a lovely, mystical piece, Lori. Your work is stunning! LynnF

    ReplyDelete
  13. Such a beautiful piece, Lori! I love the flowing water.

    ReplyDelete
  14. What a very intriguing piece! So much detail to look out. Beautiful :-)

    ReplyDelete
  15. Oh wow this is magical.
    Fantastic design. I love them.

    ReplyDelete
  16. there is always such a big surprise when i come to your blog, i love that! this piece again is so unique and gorgeous! bravo!!

    ReplyDelete
  17. A beautiful inspired piece.

    Go with the flow works for me too :)

    ReplyDelete
  18. what a fantastic waterfall!!! love it!!

    ReplyDelete
  19. I love the whole feel of this piece Lori... beautiful, but at a price, eh? You go with the flow, girl!

    ReplyDelete
  20. Wow Lori, this is really great. I can feel the water!

    ReplyDelete
  21. Looks really magical - wonderful.

    ReplyDelete
  22. Lori, this just knocks me out! So powerful, and ethereal at the same time. You'vre really captured the essence of water. The colors, the movement, the joy...
    Linda

    ReplyDelete
  23. Lori, your piece is absolutely beautiful (once again)! I love your colours and your composition, and the mermaid really seems to enjoy her element!

    ReplyDelete
  24. What an amazing piece of art. Those scales look so real, I want to touch them. This is an adorable and unique piece.

    Love your saying for the year. Maybe I should take your advice and just roll with the flow!

    ReplyDelete
  25. I've always felt that water is my element, so your post and art today are very meaningful to me. I've often wished to be a mermaid or a seal, slipping happily through the warm currents of the ocean. Your photography is so gorgeously real that I can almost feel the water flowing around me. Your art always amazes me, Lori.

    ReplyDelete
  26. Wow - Lori, this is very artistic! Great job! Looks fantastic!

    ReplyDelete
  27. This is fabulous, Lori! I love how the mermaid is delighting in the waterfall. Wonderful creation - cheers!

    ReplyDelete
  28. Another super image!! I think 'go with the flow'is very good advice!!

    ReplyDelete
  29. I still feel you are the Master! Stunning!

    ReplyDelete
  30. Go with the flow! And such a beautiful flow! Very very beautiful.

    ReplyDelete
  31. What a magical digital creation, Lori. The mermaid and the blue background...great !!!

    ReplyDelete
  32. This is extremely beautiful, can't stop looking :)

    ReplyDelete
  33. thats an amazing background , i love how you did the rocks.

    go with the flow makes life so much easier;
    a perfect mantra

    ReplyDelete
  34. Wow, this is amazing! Great, powerful piece.

    ReplyDelete
  35. Somehow I start feeling free, when I saw this impressive art. Maybe it's the woman's position, she really looks free and shows it outside.

    Very touching, Lori!

    ReplyDelete
  36. Very creative and so beautiful!

    ReplyDelete
  37. Hi Lori, Wow, what a beautiful creation you have made for the water theme. This is my first time playing this challenge and the art work is amazing.
    Debby

    ReplyDelete
  38. Oh yeah, forgot on my previous post love your blog and your banner is fabulous.
    Debby

    ReplyDelete
  39. I like this, it's really folling water. I can say it better in Finnish, but it's fantastic.

    ReplyDelete
  40. This is a great piece Lori! You are always very creative when you come up with your designs. You have a wonderful imagination.

    ReplyDelete
  41. I love how you have done this Lori. It's the perfect epitome of water I think!

    ReplyDelete