Sunday, November 21, 2010

Folklore


I ran across this wonderful image of Rip Van Winkle over at Marsha's (Tumblefish Studio freebie) and thought it would be perfect for this week's Take A Word challenge "Men". An old American folklore tale of time travel in a sense where on old man falls into a long slumber only to awaken to a new time; his family and friends gone and having to deal with all things new and unfamiliar. I overlayed some old calendars to represent the passage of time. Background from Scrapbookgraphics (Tempest). Soft and gradient light filters used for ageing in Photoshop.
I want to thank everyone who visited me on my last post about my Mother's passing away a few days ago. Your kind comments are a true comfort and help me feel connected. My mind is racing a bit, filled with memory and now with Thanksgiving approaching, family events are all the more meaningful. I am doing a big family meal this year and although (my) family members will not be present, my Husband's wonderful family will be here to carry on the light and sharing of past, present and future gatherings of laughter and Thankfulness.

33 comments:

  1. What a great character to use. This turned out beautiful. ( And sorry to hear about your Mom. If I could hug through a computer that's what I'd do.)

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  2. HUgs Lori..I am sad to hear about your mother..many hugs of love and peace to you!please know you are in my thoughts and heart!
    Hugs


    Gorgeous creation...I love it. magical!

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  3. Your Rip Van Winkle is just perfect!!

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  4. First of all my condolences on the passing of your mother, Lori. Your entry is magnificent, love the layering, blending & how you have achieved the lighting effects!

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  5. I am so sorry of the lost of ure mom, i wish you and all ure family lots of strenght and love!

    This week u made a realy amazing art! I remarkeble! Thank you for sharing.
    Take good care,
    Love Claudia

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  6. What a beautiful image Lori and of course you have worked your wonderful magic to create something perfect. Bravo my friend.

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  7. What wonderfulness you've given old Rip! This is a gorgeous piece.
    I'm so sorry to hear about your mother, Lori. May God, in the midst of your sorrow, grant you joy in the remembrance of good times. Hugs

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  8. Oh Lori, I am so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. Although my mother passed away almost 4 years ago now, I only allow myself to grieve a little bit each day. To do more than that, would surely destroy me. I just cannot grieve all at once.

    This "Man" is beautiful. How ingenious to use the calendar pages that wisps through him to show time. To awaken in a new time, with a new generation..what a shock this would be. Your "Man" has that look. I must go back and look a second time because there are so many nuances that you have alluded to that I want to be sure not to miss. This is a very special digital art piece that you have created.

    Hugs,
    Cheryl

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  9. I just love this guy Lori and you have made him so handsome...great job!

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  10. Losing a mother is the most difficult passage we as women go through. I named mu studio Whispers and Echoes after my mother and all the women who have supported me and held me up when I Dream. Take the time...you need ...and remember she will always be with you. Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

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  11. so very beautiful!
    And I will look for another new star in the sky tonight!!
    So sorry about your mom.
    big hugs!

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  12. This is a powerful statement about time, the passing of time, and loss. I can tell you are still deeply affected by the loss of your mother. I am sorry your family will not be with you this year at Thanksgiving, but at least you have your husband's family to share the joy of the day. Have a lovely Thanksgiving, and save some of that emotion and memories for a day filled with laughter and family.

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  13. So so great character you´ve used Lori.
    Fantastic layers. Brilliant job.

    Have a lovely day my dear friend.

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  14. I do hope you are feeling a little better dear Lori.
    I absolutely adore your Rip! You have such a magic, gentle touch with your layers and filters etc. Gorgeous! xx

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  15. This is fantastic, Lori. What a unique and excellent image. As always, your work is first class.

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  16. fantastic Rip van Winkle Lori!!

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  17. A lovely piece, Lori - isn't that beard amazing?!
    So sorry to hear about your mother - I'll be thinking of you.

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  18. Oh, Lori, I'm sad reading about your mother's passing. Please take my condolences and a big hug.
    Your creation looks wonderful, love the image and all the layers.

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  19. Your work is always unique and inspirational Lori.
    So sad to hear about your mum. I hope you are ok.
    Sending hugs.....

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  20. A wonderful work my friend so perfect as always.
    I hope that peace will fill your heart and that the time spent with family will be so wonderful.
    With hugs sent to you today. xoxoxo

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  21. This is a beautiful piece Lori, I love the calender pages drifting by.
    I am so sorry to read about your Mum, remember the good times and try and have a good Thanksgiving x

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  22. Goodness!! This is just so amazing Lori! So amazing.

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  23. How very fitting Lori... super work as always!
    So sorry for your loss... I lost my Mum over 20 years ago, but I still miss her daily. xxx

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  24. Lori this is beautiful,I love that image,I'm waiting to use him myself!!.
    I'm sorry to read that your mum has passed away,sending you hugs and kind thoughts.

    Jayne x :-)

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  25. This is a wonderful piece. Fantastic blending, and I love your choice of man to use.

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  26. I have been so behind with Blogging and just read about your Mother's passing. I am so sorry. May your happy memories, of her, stay within your heart and mind always.

    Love this latest work of yours, too. xxoo

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  27. wonderful man-character! great layering...

    take care, hope you will find embraces in your sorrow...

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  28. Growing a beard like that is a very serious business! Love it!

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  29. Lori, it is amazing what you did with rip van winle. this creation is quite stunning, full of depth and richness. i could start at it for a long time. thank you for commenting so nicely on my blog and giving me the chance to discover your wonderful work. i also looked at your remembrance piece. how touching that you were creating a beautiful angel just as you mother needed one. i send my virtual hug and wish you healing and peace. much xo

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  30. I am always intrigued by the Rip Van Winkle story, what would it be like to wake up and everything you knew had changed or was gone? Your piece hauntingly reflects this story - fabulous piece! Cheers!

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