Breath of Light by Leslie Gustafson

Photographic Prints


Sizing Information

Small 10.4" x 8.0"
Medium 15.6" x 12.0"
Large 20.8" x 16.0"
X large 26.0" x 20.0"


  • Superior quality silver halide prints
  • Archival quality Kodak Endura paper
  • Lustre: Professional photo paper with a fine grain pebble texture
  • Metallic: Glossy finish and metallic appearance to create images with exceptional visual interest and depth

Breath of Light

It breathes into
Suffuses, encompasses, shines
While we catch its brilliance in all that grows
Beneath the rays it so kindly offers
Bystanders to a majesty unremitting

Whether birch, moss or fern
Our eyes soak in some kind of awe
Reaching deep into the soul
Where light so wants to live
Mighty, clandestine yet ever so known

We walk into its storehouse
Companions to giants that surround us
As if we dare only stay awhile
Invited forever
Home to birds and all who nestle beneath outstretched arms

And then we leave
Looking so tenderly behind us
Grateful we could visit
This awesome breath of light
That feeds so many and seems to make sense of all

Growing our spirit
Refining our life
Ever seeking to inform
Our sometimes shallow life
With the message of light itself – where our being finds its greatest rest

Doug Gustafson

19 × 25 pastel on pastel card

This is my translation of Justin Atkins beautiful photograph Forest Mist of Paper Birch trees in Mount Yamnuska, Alberta, Canada for Sojie 16.Thank you so much Justin!

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Leslie Gustafson is a traditonal artist passionate about creating Art That Feels – an outgrowth of her work as a psychotherapist for the last 24 years. Working in all media, with a special interest in pastels, her art is both realistic and focused on expressing and prompting feeling. Rich color, Christian and Relational themes as well as Portraiture play a large role in her gallery here at RedBubble.

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  • Robin Monroe
    Robin Monroealmost 3 years ago


  • Thank Robin!! Its great to be workshopping with you!:-)

    – Leslie Gustafson

  • Beatrice Cloake
    Beatrice Cloakealmost 3 years ago

    Oh Leslie, this is sooooo beautiful! True serenity in this one! I love the gentle light and colours!

  • Oh Beatrice – you are so kind and I am so glad to be getting to know you and your work – what a delight! Thank you so much. I finally got into the painting zone last night after overdetailing the work and then wiping out the detail and simplifying.I am glad you caught the serenity – just what I was after:-)

    – Leslie Gustafson

  • ©Janis Zroback
    ©Janis Zrobackalmost 3 years ago

    It’s really lovely Leslie….beautiful final…

  • Thank you so much Janis, very kind of you!

    – Leslie Gustafson

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    NatureGreeting...almost 3 years ago

    Stunning :))

  • Thank you!!

    – Leslie Gustafson

  • Carson Collins
    Carson Collinsalmost 3 years ago

    I LOVE this one, and the accompanying verse. Please consider contributing the image to the RPG this month.

  • Thank you Carson!! I submitted it :-)

    – Leslie Gustafson

  • Lucinda Walter
    Lucinda Walteralmost 3 years ago

    A very beautiful translation! Congratulations!

  • Thank you so much Lucinda!:-)

    – Leslie Gustafson

  • Sybille Sterk
    Sybille Sterkalmost 3 years ago


  • Thank you Sybille and for the favoriting too!:-)

    – Leslie Gustafson

  • Qnita
    Qnitaalmost 3 years ago


  • Thanks dear Qnita!

    – Leslie Gustafson

  • Elizabeth Bravo
    Elizabeth Bravoalmost 3 years ago

    Gosh Leslie….this really turned out so nice. It has such a soft feel to it. You have inspired me as I am hoping to do Lucinda’s birch trees if she agrees to it. I just love that soft blue coming from the ground. Great finish!!

  • Thank you Elizabeth!! You are so kind! I have long wanted to paint birches or Aspens and glad I did. I would love to do it again and agin in different styles. It was fun! I will look forward to your birches too!!

    – Leslie Gustafson

    GEORGE SANDERSONalmost 3 years ago

    Excellent painting, Leslie !!!

  • Thank you George very much!! Good to see you! I have been busy with many things and not here as much so nice to see a familiar face:-)

    – Leslie Gustafson

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