© 2013 RC deWinter ~ All Rights Reserved

The Constant Lover

I sleep every night with the same man.
When I drag my body to the bedroom,
stripping off the dusty clothing of the day,
he’s lying, waiting in the dark.

I slide beneath the covers,
stretching all my length along his body,
sweet warmth from his skin stealing over mine,
chilled from sitting too long near a fire needing stoking.

His breath sends welcome shivers
from my shoulders down my spine;
his arms embrace me
like a downy vest of comfort.

We never speak.
Words, though sometimes welcome,
are not necessary for our mingling.
Silence is the order of the night.

Sometimes I crave the luxury of chocolate
melting on my tongue and bring it with me
to the bedroom. He does not partake,
finding what he needs in my mere presence.

We sleep, I and the constant lover.

And when daylight presses harsh fingers into my eyes
I turn and find the constant lover gone,
replaced by all my careless pillows
gloriously heaped behind me.

Upon my looking further there’s a blanket –
softly woven, midnight blue –
tangled in the sultry folds of winter bedding,
slender tail snaking to the outlet buried in the wall.

© 2013 RC deWinter

Digital oils from an original photograph shot February 1, 2013.

Tech specs: Photoshop 7, Akvis Oils over VP5 Oils

This is an ART for Cancer Group image.
25% of all sales of this picture will be donated
to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.


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Hello, and welcome!
I have been a photographer for over 25 years, using both traditional and digital SLR equipment, with pictures published in print as well as in online publications and galleries. The digitally-composed works are created using a variety of software. If you enjoy my work, please spread the word, and thank you for stopping by.

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  • billyboy
    billyboyover 1 year ago

    I don’t know how much of this is actually painted… when I hit the big view I was amazed to see brush strokes as the normal view looks so much like a photograph. Almost as if the covers are pulled back to reveal the traditional art.

    No matter what, you’ve created such an engaging mood with such an original style that makes me want to look deeper and yes, I SO wanna crawl under those covers and feel cozy with the scent of boudoir deeply woven into the fabric… and brush strokes… of the sheets :-)
    This is superb work.
    You are truly an amazing artist.

  • My hands don’t work with my eyes too well, which is why I so often shoot photos and then edit and paint them. This particular photo was edited for exposure, color balance, parts were cut out and replaced, etc. Then it was painted digitally in two layers using entirely different briushes and palettes, then finally merged to be what you see. Rarely if ever is my digital painting from photographs just a painted copy. Without seeing the original photo, you can’t realize how much goes into achieving the final look and feel of the work. I’m glad you like the result and I appreciate the thoughtful feedback,

    – RC deWinter

  • devotee1
    devotee1over 1 year ago

    Like a little nest tucked within the foliage. Very nice.

  • Merci beaucoup :-)

    – RC deWinter

  • Kanages Ramesh
  • Many thanks, hoinored.

    – RC deWinter

  • Ana Belaj
    Ana Belajover 1 year ago


  • Many thanks for the feature and the fave, Ana.

    – RC deWinter

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