Children who are being abused, often retreat into an imaginary kingdom for safety. This is my imaginary kingdom for children everywhere, where they are safe from harm.

This image was prompted by F.A.Moore who introduced me to the magical works of Edward Hicks. His painting The Peaceable Kingdom was the inspiration for this work. Thank you so much Frannie.

On 17 September 2010 this image has had 526 views and 44 Faves.
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Music…
The Greatest Love of All by Whitney Houston

I believe the children are our are future
Teach them well and let them lead the way
Show them all the beauty they possess inside
Give them a sense of pride to make it easier
Let the children’s laughter remind us how we used to be
Everybody searching for a hero
People need someone to look up to
I never found anyone who fulfill my needs
A lonely place to be
So I learned to depend on me

I decided long ago, never to walk in anyone’s shadows
If I fail, if I succeed
At least I’ll live as I believe
No matter what they take from me
They can’t take away my dignity
Because the greatest love of all
Is happening to me
I found the greatest love of all
Inside of me
The greatest love of all
Is easy to achieve
Learning to love yourself
It is the greatest love of all

I am so grateful to the following artists, for making their stock available…

Lions
White goat
Ibex
Poppy foreground – my own stock.
Bull
Ram
Leopard – my own stock
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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

  • helene ruiz
    helene ruizover 4 years ago

    superb work! aS always! wowowowowowow! LOVE THIS!

  • Thank you Sooooo much my dear, dear friend. It is for all the children who have been ill-treated and abused, and sometimes need an imaginary kingdom where they are quite safe.
    xx

    – Anna Shaw

  • Kelvin Hughes
    Kelvin Hughesover 4 years ago

    A spectacular composition, an ‘Old Master’ (Mistress?) in the making

  • Thanks so much Kelvin – old master will do nicely!! LOL
    xx

    – Anna Shaw

  • Richard Murch
    Richard Murchover 4 years ago

    .. Another spectacular creation …..a classic……..

  • Thanks so much dearest Richard.
    xx

    – Anna Shaw

  • kevinmawson
    kevinmawsonover 4 years ago

    Excellent work Anna, Fabulous blending of images !

    km.

  • Thanks so much Kevin – a great comment.
    xx

    – Anna Shaw

  • Marion  Cullen
    Marion Cullenover 4 years ago

    Lovely work Anna, has a wonderful classical look and feel!

  • Thanks so much Marion, I really appreciate that.
    xx

    – Anna Shaw

  • sandraharris10
    sandraharris10over 4 years ago

    Utopia, Anna ! Lovely, lovely work ;-)

  • Thanks so much for uour lovely comment Sandra. It is an imaginary utopia for children who need an emotional refuge, where they are safe from harm.

    – Anna Shaw

  • Moshe Cohen
    Moshe Cohenover 4 years ago

    Amazing work dear Anna,
    It looks like an old masters painting.
    It is like in the Biblical prophecy “… and the wolf shall dwell with the lamb”
    Don’t have the full text in English right now, that’s what I remember. There is also:
    “… and they shall beat their swords into plough-shares and their spears into pruning-hooks”

  • Hi my dear friend, thank you. It does have a biblical feel to it, but as I was creating it it became, more and more, a place of safety for children who have been abused. They often take themselves away in their mind, to an imaginary place where they are safe.
    xx

    – Anna Shaw

  • WatscapePhoto
    WatscapePhotoover 4 years ago

    Sheer magic, Anna. Very beautiful (and clever) work.

  • Thanks so much my friend.
    xx

    – Anna Shaw

  • Akkra
    Akkraover 4 years ago

    Just for children? Can big kids apply, because that would be a blissful and safe place to be. Very beautiful work, this is stunning. I wanna be there!

  • Hi Akkra – this is a place where anyone can go to find safety, and be free from harm. Thanks so much.
    xx

    – Anna Shaw

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...over 4 years ago

    This is amazing work as usual dear Anna.x

  • Thanks so much Catherine – and for all your fabulous, enduring support.

    – Anna Shaw

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