beach campfire by © Karin  Taylor

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A campfire is a fire that serves as light, warmth, a beacon, a bug and/or apex predator deterrent, to cook, and for a psychological sense of security. In established campgrounds they are usually in a fire ring for safety.

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Most campfires are lit exclusively for recreation, often as a venue for conversation, storytelling; or song. (from wikipedia)

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I thought for a while, what would be an image that I would just love for myself, what would touch me more than any other image, what would remind me of happy times in my life, what is it that represents those feelings and that would be the laid back coastal lifestyle. Since we were young, we would dream of living on an island with our friends, and indeed I did spend time on an uninhabited island twice in my life and it was incredible

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The other part is I really love to just sit around an open fire and toast marshmallows and when someone brings out a guitar or a firestick to twirl, even better (my sister Missy is an excellent fire twirler) and the telling of stories, and genuine feeling of brotherhood….that happens around the campfire…it’s a feelgood sensation and a nostalgic idea….and the other part is just being with someone you love, right near the ocean…i think you can be really happy when all these elements are combined…and even just thinking about it, makes me feel happy…..i was pleased I was able to extract the idea from my mind, and bring it to life in a little colour painting. I hope you like it. :)

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I drew this image on paper in my sketch book (A3) and took a photo of it, coloured it in Photoshop with my wacom tablet and pen.

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  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKalmost 4 years ago

    Terrific work Karin. This must have taken ages to make. Well done my friend. Don.

  • thanks so much Don, it took a few sittings, and i could only bite off small chunks at a time, i’m so glad to get it finished, i’m so glad you like it :)

    – © Karin Taylor

  • vampvamp
    vampvampalmost 4 years ago

    oh karin,what can one say about your work, it’s always beautiful & uplifting, good for the soul…. xoxoxox

  • thank you so much vampvamp, i am so glad that it uplifts you :) xox that was the intention :)

    – © Karin Taylor

  • hollyann
    hollyannalmost 4 years ago

    this is gorgeous…love the little stars twinkling in the background-thanks for sharing

  • thank you so much dear Holly, hugs xox

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Matt Penfold
    Matt Penfoldalmost 4 years ago

    Yes Karin, reading your description made me feel the warmth of the campfire and took me back to campfires by the shore with good company and goodwill (and cask wine). A gorgeous image and a wonderful message, thank you :) x

  • I’m so happy that it gave you that feeling Matt, thank you so much! oh yeah, mustn’t forget the grog right :) lol…thanks for the warm glow of your lovely response :) :) x

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Bobby Dar
    Bobby Daralmost 4 years ago

    So sweet Karin

  • thank you so much dear Bobby :)

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Margaret Stevens
    Margaret Stevensalmost 4 years ago

    This is just lovely! Beautifully composed and painted.

  • Margaret, that’s so kind of you, i’m really pleased you thought it was lovely! :)

    – © Karin Taylor

  • angwickham
    angwickhamalmost 4 years ago

    sweet imagery Karin, harmonious piece.

  • thank you so much Ang :) ….I am glad you found it harmonious :) x

    – © Karin Taylor

  • almaalice
    almaalicealmost 4 years ago

    So pleased that you are back and back to your wonderful best. Instant fave. Alma

  • thank you so much for your wonderful support Alma :)
    it has meant more than you know…hugs, karin x

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Marilyn Harris
    Marilyn Harrisalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful work Karin! Reminds me of special times around a campfire with family and friends also! Love the peaceful look on their faces! Glad to see you back! x :o)

  • Marilyn, it’s really good to see you, i’m so glad it brings back special times, and I hope it will bring peaceful thoughts to me and everyone who looks..great big hugs!! xox

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstonealmost 4 years ago

    Kum ba ya, my lord, Kum ba ya….. : )) Gorgeous, just gorgeous!!!

  • aaa I do love that song Mel :) …from childhood it was always special. It reminds me of am retreat I went to a fair few years ago as a young adult, in my 20’s with Fr Richard Foley, at a camp called Rainbow Rising…a very special time in my life…he sang with us and hismguitar around a camp fire, near Coffs Harbour :)). Thanx for the memories!! xox hugs xox

    – © Karin Taylor

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