“Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.”
~Nathaniel Hawthorne

Composed in Photoshop with layers, color adjustments, ethereal lighting effects created in Mystical filters, topaz filters, and textures.

Original image is a vintage painting by Sophie Anderson, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, public domain images.

Single butterfly on girls hand courtesy of Jinxmim
Textures courtesy of Lenabem-Anna


girls, young women, females, portraits, butterflies, vintage, antiquities, manipulations

“Sing like no one’s listening,
love like you’ve never been hurt,
dance like nobody’s watching,
and live like its heaven on earth.”
~Mark Twain

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  • Donna19
    Donna19almost 2 years ago

    You quiet me with the image and comment. Thank you, this I needed. xx

  • Thank you for your kind comment!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • JRGarland
    JRGarlandalmost 2 years ago


  • Thanks much!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • barnsis
    barnsisalmost 2 years ago

    Beautiful creation sis, It has a great old feeling and looks like something I have seen from my young days.

  • Thank you much, BTW…you can remember back that far???? LOL!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedalmost 2 years ago

    08-14-12 Congratulations!
    Your outstanding work has been featured in ART UNIVERSE
    Please click the banner to comment on your permanent Feature page:

  • Thank you once again for this delightful feature!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • missmoneypenny
    missmoneypennyalmost 2 years ago


  • Thank you so much!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • barnsis
    barnsisalmost 2 years ago

    Yes I can remember back that far, I just can’t remember yesterday.

  • he he!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • biddumy
    biddumyalmost 2 years ago

    Love the pre raphaelite appearance of the girl and image with an apt quote!!!

  • Thank you so much!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • Carol Bleasdale
    Carol Bleasdalealmost 2 years ago

    This is beautiful Pamela!

  • Thank you kindly Carol!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • vette
    vettealmost 2 years ago

    Another beautiful image my friend, and wonderful writing by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Who could not love that face. Susan

  • Thanks, she does have a beautiful face!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • Nadya Johnson
    Nadya Johnsonalmost 2 years ago

    Your stunning work is featured in Beautiful Blends! (A click of the banner will take you to the Forum, where your artwork is on permanent display!)

    Congratulations, Pamela!

  • Thank you so very much for this honor!

    – Pamela Phelps

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