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Featured Art 4 September 2011 - A farewell to Rhonda

Anna Shaw Anna Shaw 7358 posts

RestlessD (Rhonda)

The time has come to bid farewell to Rhonda, our group featured artist for August.

Rhonda is the principal host for this group. She works tirelessly on behalf of the group and her art is simply stunning, so I figured that this would be a small way to express my thanks, and the thanks of the group.

I have known Rhonda for many years, having met on a previous photoshop forum. We both joined RedBubble at much the same time and have flourished here in this wonderfully accepting and creative community. As well as being a great artist and writer, Rhonda is a truly lovely person. Her art is incredibly varied, but what singles it out is the heart she puts into every image she creates. She evokes strong emotions from the viewer and her work stays in our minds long after the screen is turned off.

You can read more about her and her work in the Featured Artist Hall of Fame

Bridge of Sighs is perhaps the most lauded image in Rhonda’s portfolio. It has received international recognition and exposure and multiple features and awards. It transports us to another place, another time and poses questions about our lives and loves. It is my all time favourite.

Bridge of Sighs
by restlessd

There will be a time for you and I
To stand upon the bridge
To look ahead and to decide
If together we cross this bridge.

We will weigh the options & the worth of love
We will look below, we will look above.
Will we turn to see if we care enough
To stand on the strength of our love

If it’s not to be will we know?
Will one of us hear the others’ cries?
While standing alone will we know
That this was just our Bridge of Sighs?

a rhonda original©

I love both the fun and the emotion in this wonderful image Noah’s Ark Stragglers. Rhonda and I were previously friends on another Photoshop forum, and this was a winning entry in one of the challenges. It holds fond memories for me and I have never ceased to love and admire it.

Noah’s Ark Stragglers
by restlessd

Don’t You Say I Told You So is a study in raw emotion, powerful and moving, showing the futility of being unable to let go of the past.

Don’t You Say I Told You So
by restlessd

I think back on those past times.
I know I did commit those crimes.
They were so very long ago.
I’ve served my time, please let them go

Yet you still hold them in front of me.
No day goes by where you see just me.
In your eyes I am not true.
I’ll never be good enough for you.

It is as if I am still jailed.
My heart & soul have been impaled.
My wounds did heal but left a scar,
A constant reminder is what you are.

Can we ever just start over?
Can I stop looking over my shoulder?
Will we ever let the past be gone?
Won’t you let me forget my wrongs?

You smile that smile I know says NO.
In your eyes the scorn does show.
In your heart you won’t let go.
Don’t you say I told you so.
I have to leave now, I must go.
Don’t you say I told you so

a rhonda original© 2011

This one is simply beautiful…

A Single Wish
by restlessd

A Single Wish

If I had just a single wish
I wonder what it might be.
Would I be selfish and only want
Something that was just for me?

Or would I think on it a while?
Contemplation, in deep thought.
And wish for something lasting,
Something no one has ever sought?

Would I wish for happiness,
For lasting love that sings?
Or simply something from a dream?
Like soaring on dragonfly wings.

If you had just a single wish
Do you wonder what might transpire
In the granting of that single wish
Would it be a fulfillment of your desire?

I guess we will never know for sure.
Wishes are like imagined butterflies.
They flutter by in just an instant
Sounding as soft as a child’s sighs. . .

a rhonda original© 2011

Breath of Life – a thoughtful and moving reflection on age and beauty.

Breath of Life
by restlessd

Your bloom is short lived.
A brief moment in time.
Yet it brings such great joy;
Your beauty sublime.

The curve of your stem
Your petals so soft.
As the breeze rustles by
Sending sweetness aloft.

Leaves embrace warmly
As your fragrance emotes
A lasting impression
Of sensuous throats

I_n the time of your being
You share with us briefly
Your unconscious beauty
Given ever so freely._

Never a moment
Of sadness or strife.
Just simple, grand beauty
Within your breath of life.

a rhonda original© 2010

Pain, pathos and thoughts on a life lived with regrets

Behind Blue Eyes
by restlessd

No one knows what it’s like
To be the bad man
To be the sad man
Behind blue eyes

No one knows what it’s like
To be hated
To be fated
To telling only lies

But my dreams
They aren’t as empty
As my conscience seems to be

I have hours, only lonely
My love is vengeance
That’s never free

No one knows what it’s like
To feel these feelings
Like I do
And I blame you

No one bites back as hard
On their anger
None of my pain and woe
Can show through

But my dreams
They aren’t as empty
As my conscience seems to be

I have hours, only lonely
My love is vengeance
That’s never free

When my fist clenches, crack it open
Before I use it and lose my cool
When I smile, tell me some bad news
Before I laugh and act like a fool

If I swallow anything evil
Put your finger down my throat
If I shiver, please give me a blanket
Keep me warm, let me wear your coat

No one knows what it’s like
To be the bad man
To be the sad man
Behind blue eyes

Words by Pete Townsend of The Who
Sheer magic, mystery and fun…

Mystical Adventures II
by restlessd

“This is an image that I painted of Nilhsa Eemat from my own memory. She was adorned for the ceremony about to occur; The Day of Defining Decisions which is a ritualistic coming of age celebration common to her culture.”

Harley Girl and Bear is irresistible – so soft and dreamy and so beautifully crafted. I love it.

Harleygirl & Bear
by restlessd

“These are my sister’s dogs… Both Harley & Bear are a Pom / Chihuahua mix. They are cuties except Harley thinks she is the boss of everyone and keeps a good eye out to make sure no one gets away with anything. Bear is a lover and only wants to kiss the girls…”

This one never ceases to make me smile…

The Gathering
by restlessd

The Gathering
Do you know what goes on
When you go out of town?
You think you left your home quite safe
But let me give you the lowdown!

It’s not the neighbors that step right in
And take over house & home
No; it’s the creatures that live nearby
Who make themselves at home.

They have it planned all along
They know just what to do.
It’s party time on your deck
Oh, if you only knew.

For months they have set up a scheme.
A sneaky contrivance so smart.
A crafty strategy beyond compare
A system too advanced to thwart.

There is only one thing that you can do
This truth is one to believe.
For you to maneuver and foil their plot
You can never, ever leave. . .

That’s right, that’s it, you must stay put.
No vacations, holidays or trips.
Now that you know their secret
It’s time to come to grips.

A Rhonda original ©

An enigmatic and powerful image that haunts my consciousness for hours after I have seen it.

Come to Me
by restlessd

A strong and social commentary on the indifference that threatens to take over our world.

by restlessd

Indifference, it stands by my side.
Even though I hoped it would hide.
The time it takes away from me
Is the time that it should take to see.

Yours and mine, theirs and ours
What difference does it make.
If you are with out & I am not
Whose turn will it be to take?

Apathy turns empathy
Into just another word.
To just pretend it does not exist
Is pretty damn absurd..

Indifference, what’s the difference
From ignorance and bliss?
Will we ever just stop and look,
And put our hand over that fist?

Hiding behind
A mask of indifference

a rhonda original©

And finally, a gorgeous image of the artist herself, with her soul and spirit shining through those beautiful eyes.

My Sheltie & Me (Digital Charcoal Sketch)
by restlessd

It has been a delight this month to be able to spend time browsing through your portfolio Rhoda and getting to know you and your work in much more depth. I hope you have enjoyed the whole experience.

Thank you for all that you do here to make this group so rewarding.

Anna – and all our members.

Anna Shaw Anna Shaw 7358 posts

We are Showcasing our
FEATURED ARTISTS FOR September 2011 at Altered by Imagination

Heather King
Here is the LINK

Please do not forget to pop in and congratulate Heather – her work is simply stunning.

polly470 polly470 897 posts

Rhonda…apart from being the most beautiful of people, with a special and generous soul, you have inspired me from the first moment I set eyes on your work…I get excited when I look in your PF..I love reading your poetry, and you have encouraged and supported me and a thousand others…
Rhonda…you ROCK!!!
‘Hubert’ of hugs..lol!!!!

Ellanita Ellanita 861 posts

Absolutely awesome work…images and writing…beautiful beyond words….all the best to you and many blessings

KIK KIK KIK KIK 145 posts

and congratulations Hearter King…your works touch my soul.

RicIanH RicIanH 50 posts

Stunning art and poetry, always thrilling to see.

Rhonda Strickland Rhonda Strickland 4072 posts

I am. . . . . . . . . . overwhelmed with emotion!!!!!!! This is incredible. First off, I never expected to be a featured artist. Anna, you completely surprised me with that. And now to have 12 works featured… not just featured but each one having a heartfelt comment from you… I am at a loss for words at how I feel. Grateful, proud, slightly embarrassed (?), proud & most of all loved (not just well liked but loved).

Thank you from my heart. I was so fortunate to have met you way back at LPS. Honestly, Sincerely, thank you…

And thank you to all my friends here & the members who continually inspire and encourage me. I truly appreciate all the wonderful comments & compliments.


Anna Shaw Anna Shaw 7358 posts

You are surely much loved, respected and valued here Rhonda, not just by myself but by so many other people.
You are an inspiration to us all.



kayzsqrlz kayzsqrlz 537 posts

Super fantastic collection!! Congrats and Well-Done!! I am in awe.

Tammera Tammera 1216 posts


virginian virginian 13014 posts

Congratulations to all.

Debbie Robbins Debbie Robbins 502 posts


Anna this is a wonderful page full of Rhon’s STUNNING works…. as they ALL ARE!!!!!

I absolutely LOVED scrolling down and reading them all…. Her words are always as inspiring as her ART!!!!!

RHON: How fabulous and CONGRATULATIONS Dear Friend!!!!
Thank you for your friendship here on RB and your constant support…. Happy 2012 GF!!!!! xoxoxo

Rhonda Strickland Rhonda Strickland 4072 posts

How wonderful to see you here Cookie!!! Thank you for stopping by and for your lovely comments…. I appreciate your friendship as well!!!

Big hugs & Happy 2012 to U 2!!!


Anna Shaw Anna Shaw 7358 posts

Big hugs to you all and YES, Rhonda is a truly wonderful person and fabulous artist.

Rhonda Strickland Rhonda Strickland 4072 posts

There’s my Anna…. thank you SSF!!