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On 30/04/2010 this image has had 1317 views, 92 favourites and and 255 comments.

Featured in Art For The World


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Do listen to this beautiful and haunting song by the wonderful Eva cassidy – ‘You Take My Breath Away’

The Lovers

On your journey to self enlightenment, you have gained strength from The Emperor, and wisdom from The Heirophant. You now know where you are going and what you want to achieve.
Suddenly, on this path you come across your ‘Other’ the person you have been searching for, for ever. You feel as though you have just been shot in the heart with cupid’s arrow, so shocking, so painful is your “recognition” of this person.

As you speak together, the feeling intensifies; like finding a missing part of yourself. You finish each others sentences, think the same thoughts. It is as if an angel above has introduced your souls to each other.

Though it was your plan to follow the path of the flowering tree, you know you dare not leave this person behind. Like the fruit tree, the other will fulfill you . No matter how divergent from your original intent, your future is together and you head down a whole new road.

Originally, this card was called just LOVE. And that’s actually more apt than “Lovers.” Love follows in this sequence of growth and maturity. And, coming after the Emperor, who is about control, it is a radical change in perspective. LOVE is a force that makes you choose and decide for reasons you often can’t understand; it makes you surrender control to a higher power. And that is what this card is all about. Finding something or someone who is so much a part of yourself, so perfectly attuned to you and you to them, that you cannot, dare not resist. In interpretation, the card indicates that you have come across, or will come across a person, career, challenge or thing that they will fall in love with. You will know instinctively that you must have this, even if it means diverging from their chosen path. No matter the difficulties, without it they will never be complete.

In my 2010 Tarot, we know that the path of true love does not always prove to be an easy one, so I have added symbolic pieces to the image to suggest cracks and difficulties along the way. This card also says that we have to work very hard once we find true love – to keep it safe from harm. I wanted the sex of the lovers to be slightly ambiguous, but also to try and show that they are very much together, not quite clear where one begins and the other ends.

Created totally in Photoshop CS4. I started by blending several textures together and then overlaying these with the background you can see. The models were overlaid with tree bark textures as I wanted them to have an organic, earthy feel. All the individual components added in and blended. Colour fill layers finally to unite it all together.

I am indebted to the following artists for their generous gift of stock:

Models from the fabulous M.J.Ranum
Background
Egg
Tree
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This wonderful poem, was written by the very talented
Brenda Dow in response to this image. I think it is an incredible and powerful piece of writing.

Questing Lovers , Our World

Drawn into your world
by thoughts
of consuming
the power of you
I dare not move
recklessly or
answer the call
of the deep motion
appearing before me.
Unsure,
wisdom thrown to the wind
I hold you
in my heart
my soul
my world.
Where will this lead
as I twist before
your embrace
to touch
to feel
to know that you are all mine
If I want…..
I cannot think
an image of wrong
of weakness
appears somewhere
in my mind
I will not search to find it
I will succumb
to the magic
the power….
to the joining of our world.
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The others in The Tarot series are…

The Fool

The Magician

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lovers, tarot, wall art, anna shaw, the lovers, brenda dow, astrololgy, fantasy, photomanipulation

Anna and Robert have only recently moved to Kent, having spent six years living France where they first embarked on wedding photography. They are passionate about photography, and have a real love for shooting weddings, gaining so much pleasure and fun from these special days.

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Comments

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellover 4 years ago

    Absolutely wonderful work Anna , and the first three paragraphs are so so true .
    A fav xx

  • How lovely of you. And thanks so much for the fave. I must admit it is my favourite of all of them so far.
    xx

    – Anna Shaw

  • Richard Hamilton-Veal
    Richard Hamilt...over 4 years ago

    Excellent work Anna.

    You’re up early. LOL
    xx

  • Hi Richard – thank you so much. Up early??? I am dreaming about RedBubble now.. I think I am a lost cause and need to seek help.. you know the sort of thing.. “My name’s Anna and I am a RB addict…”
    xx

    – Anna Shaw

  • George Kypreos
    George Kypreosover 4 years ago

    Very nice Anna ! Bravo!

  • How kind of you George, thank you so much.
    xx

    – Anna Shaw

  • Sally Omar
    Sally Omarover 4 years ago

    I LOVE IT!!!!! ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS AND A FAV FOR ME!!!!!!!!! xoxoxoxo

  • Thanks so much my dear friend – and a huge thanks for the fave. I am so thrilled that you like it.
    xx

    – Anna Shaw

  • David's Photoshop
    David's Photoshopover 4 years ago

    Wow Anna, this is amazing work, your really are motoring in this set aren’t you?

    Just love the work that is going in to these creations, very well done.

    David xx

  • Thanks David – well yes and no! This one is actually out of sequence. The Heirophant – which should have been the next one, is taxing me so much that I had to abandon it for a while. So my motor is not really firing on all cylinders!
    xx

    – Anna Shaw

  • JaneSolomon
    JaneSolomonover 4 years ago

    This is a gift of deep spirituality. Thank you Anna. xx

  • Jane, what a fabulous comment to receieve. Thank you so very mauch and especially for the fave.
    xx

    – Anna Shaw

  • MellyW
    MellyWover 4 years ago

    Oh my gosh Anna this is excatly what I am going through at the moment…..and your description rings shockingly true….wow….this art takes my breath away it’s just beautiful.

  • Hi dear Melly, thank you for your great comment, and for sharing a bit about you. I hope it is the good bits you are going through, rather than the difficulties. A huge thank you for the fave too.
    xx

    – Anna Shaw

  • scottimages
    scottimagesover 4 years ago

    This is absolutely beautiful Anna. I love that you don’t just slap things together because you think they look good. You put such thought into every element, each has a meaning.
    I’m also very pleased you still have time to create since you joined the PM team!

  • Hi Rosemary – do you know i have learned a new pneumonic – ROFL!! I fiished this one the day before I started hosting and have not looked at Photoshop since!! I am so pleased you like it and thanks for your lovely comment.
    xx

    – Anna Shaw

  • I forgot to say thank you for the fave!
    xx

    – Anna Shaw

  • journeyheart5
    journeyheart5over 4 years ago

    Stunning, my dear! luv, Julia

  • How lovely of you. Thank you so much.
    xx

    – Anna Shaw

  • And thank you so much for the fave.
    xx

    – Anna Shaw

  • Fran E.
    Fran E.over 4 years ago

    Simply wonderful!

  • That is so lovely of you poupoune. Thank you so much – and especially for the fave.
    xx

    – Anna Shaw

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