The Serenity (La Serenissima) Art & Poetry by Rhonda Strickland

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The Serenity (La Serenissima) Art & Poetry by 

Sizing Information

Small 8.9" x 8.0"
Medium 13.4" x 12.0"
Large 17.9" x 16.0"
X large 22.3" x 20.0"


  • Each print is individually stretched and constructed for your order
  • Epson pigment inks using Giclée inkjets to ensure a long life
  • UV protection provided by a clear lacquer
  • Cotton/poly blend Canson canvas for brighter whites and even stretching

Please listen to the music that goes with this

They stood encircled by the skies.
This was the love of both their lives.
They each knew from the very start
No other being would hold their hearts.

They whispered softly their goodbyes.
He tenderly kissed her tear-filled eyes.
Their embrace should never end.
But the laws would by no means bend.

Would he return to her whole?
Would his mind be shattered and torn?
She could not dare to tell him
Soon his child would be born.

If he knew of this wonderful event,
He would not leave, rules would be bent.
The law was firm and could not be ignored.
This was his obligation, first duty of a lord.

He touched her cheek with a rugged hand.
He tenderly stroked her wedding band.
She grasped his palm and kissed it lightly.
She told him she would dream of him nightly.

Then off he rode into the cloudy day.
She promised to remember him just this way.
Her beloved husband, this gentle man
Was now a warrior, defender of this land.

His future now was so unsure.
Her love for him was completely pure.
Together they created an entity.
Who now would become her serenity.

a rhonda original 2010©

La Serenissima – Loreena McKennitt

Someone told him and her fears were realized. He made a grave error. THIS IMAGE tells what happened next. rls
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Inspiration: Image, Poem, Song, not necessarily in that order.
My start image:

I started with this image shot with my Nikon CP8400. This is a tree near my home in Canyon Lake, Southern CA, USA. It is Winter and the tree leaves are mostly dead. It’s so old it’s hard to tell if the leaves will come back this Spring. I will keep an eye on it and hope to take a picture of it in full bloom.

UPDATE: Sad news; This tree has been cut down. It never bore a single green leaf so it was certain that it had died. The original image was shot in March 2010 and on May 3rd of the same year the tree was removed.

Image created in PSCS2 using blending modes & layer masks including a DAP layer.
Stock images used:
Texture by SkeletelMess
Also bits and pieces of freestock images from:
DeviantArt & stock.xchng THANK YOU

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Hello, I am Rhonda aka RestLeSsD & I am a graphic & web designer. My main media is Photoshop & Dreamweaver. I create 3D art & images using Fractals from Incendia & Apophysis. I use these in my creations formed in PS. I also use Picture Window Pro and Paint Shop Pro.
I am also a poet & I have been writing since I was about 10 years old. Since being here on the Bubble I have fulfilled my goal of illustrating my poetry & writing as well as writing new works…

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  • Rhonda Strickland
    Rhonda Stricklandabout 5 years ago

    Please listen to the music & view larger – Enjoy.

  • Desirée Glanville
    Desirée Glanvilleabout 5 years ago

    very beautiful!!!!

  • Thank you Dear Daisy :o)

    – Rhonda Strickland

  • Cosimo Piro
    Cosimo Piroabout 5 years ago

    Very beautiful in its entirety….very touching and heartfelt

  • Thank you so much Cosimo. . . So kind of you to say so. . . I am happy you liked the whole package so to speak…

    – Rhonda Strickland

  • Hugh Fathers
    Hugh Fathersabout 5 years ago

    Loreena . . . I was lucky enough to see her live (once), the voice of an angel . . .
    The 1st time I heard her, I was in a music shop and it was playing. I went straight up to the counter, and asked he for a copy . . . She said it was the only one in stock and another customer had requested the listen. So I walked up to the customer and asked if they were going to buy it. They thought the would, so I went back to the counter and placed an order. The album was The Visit . . . Now have 6 albums by her . . .
    BTW . . . love the image too!! . . . :))))

  • You are very lucky. . . She was here in the US in 2007 but I missed the local shows. I love her voice & music too. She has an incredible range and so very medieval. . . She brought back memories for the 70’s of the prog/rock band Renaissance – which I loved so much.
    Thank you for enjoying this – glad you like it Hugh. . .

    – Rhonda Strickland

  • Sue Smith
    Sue Smithabout 5 years ago

    Sensational, Rhonda. This is a true Knight in Armour tale it had me enraptured reading it. But just look at the image. The majestic ancient tree encompassing everything below that turquoise sky. The horse awaiting his master as he bids his fond farewell. But hey ho. Who be that wench and dog a lurking in the doorway. Midwife – no too soon. Very mysterious.

  • Ha ha, you are so insightful!! Such great questions – she may be the innkeepers daughter? And could she be the one who tells the knight the secret before he leaves and gets him into trouble? Hence the sadness of Roxanne’s Veil – ??
    Will we ever know?
    Sue, thank you for helping me make a connection between these two with your thoughts…
    and for enjoying this with me.
    hugz my friend,

    – Rhonda Strickland

  • walstraasart
    walstraasartabout 5 years ago

    Outstanding, very beautiful work

  • So kind of you to visit, thank you for your lovely comment.

    – Rhonda Strickland

  • Sybille Sterk
    Sybille Sterkabout 5 years ago

    Fab image. Love the colours and mix. And I love the poem.

  • Thank you MagpieMagic. . . So happy you love it…

    – Rhonda Strickland

  • Linda Yates
    Linda Yatesabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful work, Rhonda!!

  • Thank you Linda. . . so kind of you to say so…

    – Rhonda Strickland

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaabout 5 years ago


  • :o) Thanks Scott!

    – Rhonda Strickland

  • Laurie Search
    Laurie Searchabout 5 years ago

    Love these gorgeous tones and color, Rhonda!!!

  • Aw, Laurie, thanks so very much!!

    – Rhonda Strickland

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