A page from a vintage book I have, background cybersurfed, "bling" and butterfly Irene Alexeeva, and I've long had the image with no note from whence it came. Sorry. A bit of filtering here and there.
P.S. Thanks to Lauren Bergold who identified my image as being by Dante Rosetti!
I always wanted to go skinny-dipping, but never found a beach secluded enough!!! I spent nearly five years of my wild single life in Miami, Florida, and have fond memories of the beaches and the ocean.....of all-night canasta games, of Arthur Murray dance lessons (and my instructor, Louis Trombetta!), of adventure in the Everglades, motorcycle rides, good friends and great fun! This collage is a bit of a spoof --- and as close as I'll ever come to skinny dipping!!! Thanks for stopping by.
When I return to the land of my childhood, it is with such sadness. Gone is the little one-room school I attended, the little roadside church that was an important hub of our community, many of the little farm houses and barns. Even the fencerows where the pheasants and quail used to hide have been removed so the very last acre can be farmed by the big conglomerates who now farm the land. It was such a bucolic life. Now passing from the American scene, it remains clear in my memory just as in the Lawrence poem above---the air softer, the colors brighter, and the mornings more fragrant than ever again. Thanks for stopping by. Credits for many of the elements I've used go to Oscraps.
I am fortunate to have long-time friends. I have always felt I learned something from each, and they have enriched my life. I liken my life's journey to that of a stone that falls into a stream high on a mountain and is honed and polished in its downward path, arriving at the end of its journey with the patina of time, marked by remnants of encounters along its way. Someone once said "If you want to know who I am, look at my friends". Wise words indeed!
Oh my, is this challenge timely. I've been going around in circles for the past couple of weeks, what with getting a new computer, getting everything loaded, learning some things were too old to work with 8.1, briefly losing all my digital art achive (with accompanying panic attack), and trying to understand why the technonerds want to change things that are working just fine as they are, not to mention arbitrarily changing the names of some folders. I'm still working without a couple of my old favorite programs that need to be replaced as soon as I've summoned the courage. It seems every time I upload (or download) a program I run into stumbling blocks (sigh). Thanks for stopping by, and listening to my rant!!!