August 25, 2009

"Destiny"

"Destiny"
Digital ATC

(Click on a doorway to see the details.)


"Destiny" was created for this week's challenge at the Three Muses to include a "hand" in our artwork. I was captivated by the picture of this little girl and have always been intrigued by the part the Fates play in our lives. This young girl has no idea of what the future might hold for her or where her life's journey may take her; hence, the many doors and subtle "hand of Fate" in this piece.

Admittedly, it's not very often that I choose to do a completely digital piece for a challenge. Generally, I size my images in a photo editing program, print them, and cut and paste the old-fashioned way to create my collages. However, when I found the original, black and white image of the girl and the fortune-telling palm, I started to "play" and one thing led to another . . . before I knew it, I had a finished, digital
ATC!

May the Fates smile upon your day!


Credits & Techniques: Background image from Itkupilli was enhanced with digitally air-brushed color and custom brushes. Special thanks to Arteology for the original black & white picture of the little girl. She was altered and digitally colored in Corel Paint Shop Pro. Custom palm brush was created with a picture from Flickr's Jersey Barb85. Grunge brushes used for the border are for Corel Paint Shop Pro from DeviantArt.

39 comments:

Kelly said...

gorgeous! lovely colors!

Judy said...

Such gorgeous subtle colours, Terri, interesting layers and love the image!

LW said...

Lovely and enchanting…
And so true.

Louise

Ozstuff said...

Louise selected the one word which describes your picture as "enchanting". That is just what it is - so soft, so beautiful, so stunning. The muted background is wonderful and the image so perfect for the theme. Standing ovation from me, Terri!

indybev said...

This has to be seen in close-up to truly appreciate the subtle layers and blending you've done. You've colored her beautifully, Terri. I'm so impressed with the whole piece!

sharon said...

Your colorwork is incredible, and the combination of that with the girl image is amazing and powerful....just great!

icandy... said...

Terri, this is just WONDERFUL!!! The pale colors are so pretty! I also really love "Celebration" with the cupcake! YUM!

Lori Saul said...

Beautiful and expressive piece Terri- lovely, soft and subtle - but full of meaning!

LiveArt said...

Oh my, this is absoloutely lovely!! such beauty and fragility!! Love your atc!! Well done!!

Linda

Femmy said...

fantastic!!!

Chrisy said...

Am jealous of your digital skills! And this piece...the fickle finger of fate...yes...so true...who knows...really like what you've done here...

Eila A said...

I love the feeling of your image - myterious, waiting, quiet, with a little touch of uncertainty. Beautiful artwork, with fantastic colours!

AliMayes said...

This is so atmospheric and what a mysterious child. The whole thing reminds me of the titles on 'Ghost Whisperer'. Truly magical!!!
Ali xx

WrightStuff said...

An image of many layers - and not all physical! At first I didn't spot the hand - but when you enlarge it you really feel like you can dive in and explore and think a little about the opportunities and doorways destiny opens up for you. Very impressed and inspired to get on with my own piece!

Taluula said...

Well wowee Miss Terri how beautiful is this! Gorgeous subtle colours and I love the idea of the hand of fate. Standing O.

vintage wil said...

Beautiful work!!!

Hanne said...

Gorgeous!!!! Beautiful girl and great colors in this ATC!

Betty said...

This is gorgeous! I love all the elements you used.

Martina2801 said...

Terri, this is gorgeous! I love the soft colors and the image!
Lovely work!

Yvonne said...

Gorgeous colours!

Limar said...

Really love the colors you've used here :)

Kimmie said...

Beautiful colors..... a very different piece for you .... not wild and crazy and tongue in cheek ---- just very reflective and thoughtful .... lovely piece!

peggy gatto said...

Lovely interpretation!!!!

Faye said...

So beautiful, Terri. The colors are beautiful.

Rosie said...

Terri - it is indeed a captivating image, but your ATC is superb... haunting and beautifully constructed!

Sea Gypsy said...

Enchanting!

peppapig said...

Gorgeous Terri,love the colours!!

Dianne Q. Adams said...

Very thought provoking 'hand of fate'.

Beverly Ash Gilbert said...

Terri,
This is an amazingly beautiful, deep, rich and thought-provoking piece. Well done!

Gayle Page-Robak said...

Beautiful!

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

Just amazing to behold dear! I am so shocked at how it looks so texturized and it is digital. It is a wondrous world we live in and you are a true artist! Blessings.

Gail said...

This is beautiful...I love the details. The girl's relation to the door is so curious...I love doors and their presence in artwork..the possibility and subtle risk of what lays behind it. And thanks so much for visiting my blog and your kind comments!

June said...

Superb detail and again a magical make
well done Terri. I hope you are well my friend
hugs June xxx

Terri said...

Beautiful ATC Terri, perfect color choice and composition.
I'm hosting my first tag swap ..Alice in Wonderland..first come first serve with your pick of a character. Looking for 10 ladies total. Hop on by if you are interested.

roc said...

this is wonderful!

Darlene said...

I love the beautiful soft colors - and the dream-like atmosphere that you created.

Michelle said...

Haunting and lovely work...the colors are so dreamlike which works perfectly with the images...like the beginning of a storybook...bravo! xo - Michelle

Lynn said...

Oh my goodness, look at all the wonderful comments :) I doubt if you need mine, but here goes LOL... this is Beauty, beauty, beautiful!!!!!!!
You have posted so much since my last visit, I have come to catch up :)

Janny said...

Gorgeous!