"Hush Little Baby , Don't You Cry", (The Imaginary Kingdom Series)) by Anna Shaw

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On 17 September 2101, this image has had 679 views, 77 Faves and 175 comments.

“Hush little baby, don’t you cry…”

The Imaginary Kingdom series

We have been discussing the difficult issue of domestic abuse – and abuse of children, in our group Pink Panther Magazine

I used to work with abused children and families, work which touched me at the core of my being. Abused children will often try and hide themselves in an imaginary world, where they are safe. This series, reflects this concept.

Here, the young girl is in her imaginary kingdom. It is twilight, time for sleep. She is protected by the lion, symbolising the good Daddy. However, she cannot quite shake off the sense of danger and fear, symbolised by the crow.

The image was inspired by the wonderful and heart-rending poem by DiLuisa

Shhh Little Girl, Don’t Cry

Shhh little girl, don’t cry
Cover your ears and block out the sounds,
Of Mamma’s screams and Papa`’s shouts.
It’ll be over soon. Go back to sleep.

Dear Jesus, Now I lay me down to sleep….

Shhh little girl, don’t cry
Mamma won’t let him in, as he kicks open your door,
Don’t look at the glass and the blood on the floor.
Just cover your eyes. Try to forget.

I pray the Lord my soul to keep….

Shhh little girl, don’t cry
As his car drives out in the black of night,
Let Mamma sleep in here tonight.
She needs you to hold her. Wipe away her tears.

If I die, before I wake…..

Shhh little girl, don’t cry
It’s time to grow up, tomorrow you’ll be 5,
And Mamma needs you close to keep her alive.
You’re a big girl now. No more crying.

I pray the Lord my soul to take.
© DiLuisa
Created in CS4.
Multi layers for the background and individual components added and blended in. Final glazing painted on with brushes from the Photoshop media collection (low opacity) using the Wacom tablet.
Background 1
“Background 2” Cloud texture from my own stock.
“Background 3” Book texture from my own stock.
“Background 4” http://annashaw.deviantart.com/favourites/#/d10...

The other image in the series is
Place of Safety

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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  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 4 years ago

    Awesome work Anna!!!

  • Thanks so much Cee and for the fave.

    – Anna Shaw

  • RickGeorge
    RickGeorgeover 4 years ago

    Powerful work.Anna…

  • Thanks so much Richard.

    – Anna Shaw

  • anaisanais
    anaisanaisover 4 years ago

    Anna, but how good you are!!! wonderful!!

  • And so are you!! Thanks so much dear Anna, and for the fave.

    – Anna Shaw

  • robpixaday
    robpixadayover 4 years ago

    Such power!!
    Amazing emotion and beauty, Anna!

  • What a great comment. Thanks so much Robin.

    – Anna Shaw

  • Susan Vinson
    Susan Vinsonover 4 years ago

    Such serenity! Calm, peaceful. . .totally safe and secure.

  • What a lovely comment. Thank you.

    – Anna Shaw

  • linaji
    linajiover 4 years ago

    Goodness.. this is my fav of all time.. I find this almost religious yet pagen in its soft nature like symbol … incredible work.. please submit to vavoom.. tomorrow I am doing a new ’photoshop feature page"

  • Hi darling Lina – I shall treasure this comment for always. I have submitted to Vavoom too.

    – Anna Shaw

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

    Lovely work anna, simple and beautiful.

    David xx

  • Thanks so much dear David, tht is so nice of you.

    – Anna Shaw

  • Ina Mar
    Ina Marover 4 years ago

    Anna, beautiful image and very emotional concept. Thank you.

  • Thanks so much Ina, it was incredibly emotional to create.

    – Anna Shaw

    JUSTARTover 4 years ago


  • Thanks so much.


    – Anna Shaw

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellover 4 years ago

    Wonderful work Anna , just stunning x a fave

  • Thanks so much Irene, that means the world to me – and especially for the fave.

    – Anna Shaw

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