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Thanks Maxy……it was a fun collaboration. Works great with the image.
She saw right through him
By Maxy
The city lights, the tall buildings, she wanted it all and felt ready.
She had never been to the big city before
and she couldn’t get over the excitement of seeing and living the experience for real.
It was exhilarating, the cool air hit her as she exited the doorway, oh, those revolving doors!
She had to remember to exit at the right spot.
After missing the exit a couple times, trying to make it look deliberate,
her friends’ words lingered in her mind,
You’ll be fine, don’t worry,
you’ve always been the lucky one after all.
Even at 21, she knew her parents would tell her something different
Their words of caution stood like soldiers standing guard.
But as she scanned the area and saw him across the street, the only thing she could think about was him.

He was handsome, bouquet in hand, and his head covered with a hood to the light sprinkle of rain.
That dark hood made him look rather anonymous – he could have been anyone,
but she recognized the flowers.
In his message he said he would be bringing tulips,
An array of colors in a huge satin bow.

She had never met him before, but they had talked many times over the internet. He was an artist, like her, engaged in a photo-shoot that was taking place on Fifth Avenue. They decided to attend together. There he was, standing across the sidewalk, looking like a star, self assured with so much confidence it scared her.

He gazed into her eyes and smiled. A killer smile. She thought it would melt her on the spot, but the misty rain kept her focused. As she reached into her bag, she realized she had forgotten her umbrella and her hair was starting to curl from the rain. He remarked how much he liked it and they headed off to Fifth Avenue.

It was easy to get caught up in the moment. He continued to talk and keep her mind busy and she didn’t even notice that they had turned down a vacant street next to a park. The park looked dark and ominous in contrast to the lights of the tall buildings.
She looked over as he started to remove his hood. His hair was picture perfect, dark, thick and had a slight wave that tickled his scalp. A few strands fell loose in front of his face revealing a look that was more than she could handle. She thought she might break the mood by taking pictures of him as they walked. He loosened his shirt and she noticed the broad shoulders, the muscular form leading up to the shoulders revealing strong, firm biceps and the slight hint of hair on his chest….she realized she was staring, and worse, she realized he was staring at her!

His next words didn’t surprise her. She knew what he was about to say. Lets just make a stop at my apartment, we can have a quick drink. Instantly, she saw right through him……..
Her heart started to pound like a jack hammer and for the second time that night she thought of her friends. Their words of encouragement seemed childish now, irresponsible and she wished her parents could swoop down and rescue her. Suddenly, she realized she wasn’t the lucky one after all.

The first layer in this mix was an image of a building in Seattle. I stood in the street and the branches were perfectly placed to give me that lovely texture. But the gray tones really did nothing for the image. I started to see the potential for working with it when I did an inverted image. I loved how the branches popped out.
So this is an inverted image with layers of added color and light to bring the building to life.
I also used my new technique of tile application, Gaussian blur, motion blur, and then paint daubs. I layered the images of my brother and his wife at the beach as silhouettes. I loved the affect of seeing through them.

Traditional, Digital & Photographic Artist
I am inspired by everything in life.
Nature, landscape, city life and more.
Over 25 years as a flight attendant has let me see life from every angle. On the road my camera and Mac are my constant companions. At home, it’s hard to find me with out a paint brush in hand.
No matter what, as long as I am creating I am content.
Thanks for viewing my work!!

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  • JKKimball
    JKKimballabout 5 years ago

    Fantastic feeling Elizabeth!

  • Thanks so much JK….I had great fun with the process……but it was a LOT of work. I always feel like I should do more……just like a painting. You never feel it’s finished!

    – Elizabeth Bravo

  • mttmaliha
    mttmalihaabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful feel and look to this, Elizabeth! wonderful work!!

  • Thank you so much Maureen:))))))xxoo

    – Elizabeth Bravo

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful feel with these translucent colors. The piece looks to me as if painted or screen on silk.

  • Thanks Frannie:)))xxoo
    Layering is such a fun challenge.

    – Elizabeth Bravo

  • Richard G Witham
    Richard G Withamabout 5 years ago

    This has a very spiritual feel to it Elizabeth. I like the combination of spirit contrasting with hard man made physical buildings that are also tall and overbearing. You also have a touch of nature, so it really combines the three basic influences on our existence. It’s definitely a masterpiece. Well done!

  • Thank you Richard…..I always get excited about what others see in an image. A thought that only started as a spark. Maxy mentioned about not trusting people in the big city…..maybe it is about someone offering drugs and the girl seeing that he’s up to no good. But my initial thought was about a relationship and a man telling lies again…..she saw right through him…..It’s coming to me.
    But what ever ones sees, I enjoyed the process so much. Thanks so much for the awesome comment!!

    – Elizabeth Bravo

  • maxy
    maxyabout 5 years ago

    Oh wow!!!! I see you’ve been busy again! This is outstanding – the shadows, the darkness, the tall buildings… has a wonderful and mysterious flair to it! The colors and layers are outstanding!! Your title tells a story I can see here – so many people in the city… who do you trust?! Beautiful!!!

  • Hi Maxy, thanks so much…..this was fun working everything together, but now I want to add more……This process seems to draw you in……a never ending process. The great thing about it is, I CAN keep working and just replace the image or show the update. That’s what’s great about redbubble.

    – Elizabeth Bravo

  • maxy
    maxyabout 5 years ago

    I can help with a story…if you like? I have ideas…. xx

  • Bluesrose
    Bluesroseabout 5 years ago

    great shadowplay!

  • Thank you:)))))xxoo

    – Elizabeth Bravo

  • Luca Renoldi
    Luca Renoldiabout 5 years ago

    absolutely beautiful!

  • Thanks so much!!

    – Elizabeth Bravo

  • carlosramos
    carlosramosabout 5 years ago

    Perfectly done !

  • Thanks for the great comment!

    – Elizabeth Bravo

  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful unusual and artistic image, Elizabeth!!!!!

  • Thanks so much Lois, I love that comment especially from you!! Your work always inspires me!!

    – Elizabeth Bravo

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