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Ruled By An Iron Fist by Elizabeth Burton


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She was ruled by an iron fist until mother earth could no longer resist…Barren she lies, she whispers and cries for no one is left to hear her….resources drained, not a color remained and her surface was left asunder.

These are the words that came to me as I made this image…a little dark I know but sadly not far from the truth. The Iron fist image was taken somewhere between Sulfur Springs & Seminole Oklahoma…we were on rout to Sulfur Springs for a family reunion…I could remember as a child going there and swimming in the fresh natural springs, always so clear and cool. This was not the case this time…the waters were very low and murky…we spoke to some of the towns people and they said it would be dry with in the month and probably would never fill again….I went online a week later to look up some info on the Springs themselves and found that they had indeed already dried up. This was saddening to my heart and I thought back to that image I had captured along the road in the middle of nowhere (we had taken the back roads) and thought how ironic it was…an iron fist, still standing as the world around it changed and suffered.

All the images used are from my own photo stock and my editing tool of choice was Photoshop CS4…many layers, textures and effects were used and this is my end result.

Elizabeth Burton has always had a passion for art. By profession, Elizabeth is a master jeweler with a degree from OSU Okmulgee and has been employed at Massoud’s Fine Jewelry of Tulsa for 20 years. Her other passions include, but are not limited to, photography and digital art. Her most valued treasures in life are family, friends and the ability to create art. “Without those gems, who would we be?”

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  • Dwarkan
    Dwarkanover 2 years ago

    Powerful image and message… love it a lot !
    Please consider adding it to The League of Extraordinary Photomanipulation

  • Thank you very much…I have added it to the group :)

    – Elizabeth Burton

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesorover 2 years ago

    Excellent work Elizabeth!! :)

  • Thank you Keith :)

    – Elizabeth Burton

  • heatherfriedman
    heatherfriedmanover 2 years ago

    Beautifully surreal!!

  • heatherfriedman
    heatherfriedmanover 2 years ago

    Please be sure to enter our surrealism challenge here

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedover 2 years ago

    04-17-12 Congratulations!
    Your outstanding work has been featured in ART UNIVERSE
    Please click the banner to comment on your permanent Feature page

  • Thank you so much..I’m honored!!

    – Elizabeth Burton

  • heatherfriedman
    heatherfriedmanover 2 years ago

    I wasn’t sure if you were in our group Digital Art At Its Best.. so I sent an invitation to your bubble mail!
    Please consider joining and entering this terrific work in our SURREALISM Challenge here

  • Thanks…I had already added this one to that group :)

    – Elizabeth Burton

  • heatherfriedman
    heatherfriedmanover 2 years ago

    Great! I would love to see it in the $20 Voucher Surrealism Challenge going on right now! Closes in 4 days!

  • I have tried several times but I think Redbubble must be doing some updating to the format because every time I have tried, my browser freezes up??? I’ll try again tomorrow and hopefully all the bugs will be worked out :)

    – Elizabeth Burton

  • Caterpillar
    Caterpillarover 2 years ago

  • Jenifer DeBellis
    Jenifer DeBellisover 2 years ago

    Click on the banner to go straight to the permanent feature gallery.

    Anna, Sybille and Jenifer xox

  • shadowlea
    shadowleaover 2 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS … well done

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