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My Sanctuary a poem by RestLeSsD

I think that I was meant
To live near the ocean.
I long to always be there
Away from the commotion.

My heart settles down
My mind becomes calm.
As soon as I hear the waves
I know there is nothing wrong.

The sea becomes my sedative,
The waves a soothing balm.
At my sanctuary by the shore
I know this is where I belong.

a rhonda original© 2010

Dedicated to my younger sister Linda, a cancer surviver. This is a favorite place to be, Crystal Cove Cottages in Newport Beach, Ca., USA.

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Aug 5, 2010 Pink Panther Magazine

Sept 17, 12 West Coast USA

Sept 16, 12 This & That

Apr 12, 12 The World as We See It

Apr 11,, 12 The Group

Feb 19, 12 Everyday Women

Jan 27, 12 “Down by the Sea”:

Jan 17, 12 Color me a Rainbow
Aug 14, 11 Dynamic Auto Painter

Aug 14, 11 Quality Texttures, HDR & Photo Manipulation

Aug 5, 11 The X Factor

May, 23, 11 High Quality Images

Mar 16, 11 “Quality Layered Work & HDR Group”

Week of Mar 12, 11 All in Editing

Mar 7, 11 California Love

Aug 31, 10 Inspired Art

Aug 14, 10 Inspired by Written Words

Jul 18, 10 A Place to Call Home

Jul 18, 10 Altered by Design

Jul 18, 10 Heart & Soul – A Writers Group

July 17, 10 The Beauty of Poetry

Jul 17, 10 Alphabet Soup B

Jul 15, 10 Before and After

Jul 13, 10 #1 Artists of Redbubble

Jul 11, 10 California Sound

Top Ten Dec 2010
The Sisterhood ~ Simplicity

TOP TEN Nov 11, 2010
Beach, River, Lake Treasures – People on Holiday

TOP TEN- Runner up July 28th
Beach, River, Lake Treasures – Hat Challenge

A photo turned into a digital painting created for my younger sister Linda. This is her favorite place to be, Crystal Cove Cottages in Newport Beach, Ca., USA. Summertime at the beach!! I spent a few days with her & know exactly why she loves it here. I fell in love with it too.

Photo shot with a Nikon CP8400. Digital painting created, post-processing using blending & layer masking in PSCS2 with my own resources including DAP & a Wacom tablet.

Extras resources: PS brushes from Obsidian Dawn & Falln-Stock at Deviant Art

Original photo:

B is for Beach & Balcony
H is for Hat

As of 4-9-13
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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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  • LisaBeth
    LisaBethover 4 years ago

    very very nice effect… it is so gorgeous

  • Thanks so much LisaBeth… I hope my sis likes it too…

    – Rhonda Strickland

  • anaisanais
    anaisanaisover 4 years ago

    wonderful work accompanied by beautiful words….I envy your view..

  • I envy it too Annamaria… it’s not easy to rent a place there – it’s always fully booked.
    Thank you for the lovely comment my friend…

    – Rhonda Strickland

  • pepper08
    pepper08over 4 years ago

    this is so beautiful

  • Thank you Pepper…. so happy you think so…

    – Rhonda Strickland

  • rasim1
    rasim1over 4 years ago

    very nice shot.

  • Thank you :o)

    – Rhonda Strickland

  • Anna Shaw
    Anna Shawover 4 years ago

    Darling Rhonda – this has made me cry. It is your most beautiful image yet, and given all the circumstances – totally, totally wonderful.

  • Thank you so very much Anna, my dear soul sister… I always appreciate your visits and wonderful heartfelt comments. My sis had this idea from seeing a postcard here that was very similar… I hope I did it justice…

    – Rhonda Strickland

  • Angela  Burman
    Angela Burmanover 4 years ago

    Beautiful work Rhonda. Such a poignant image and your poem is fabulous x

  • You are always so sweet Angela, thank you for enjoying this with me…

    – Rhonda Strickland

  • Isa Rodriguez
    Isa Rodriguezover 4 years ago

    o. such a wonderful image. I am stunned at talent such as this. .and the words to go with ♥♥♥

  • Oh Isa, what a fabulous thing to say…. thank you for the wonderful compliment.

    – Rhonda Strickland

  • Simon Groves
    Simon Grovesover 4 years ago

    wonderful restlessd! So beautiful you! Great work!

  • So happy you think so Simon… thank you, thank you… :o)

    – Rhonda Strickland

  • Angela King-Jones
    Angela King-Jonesover 4 years ago

    Love the feel here, I want to be there!!

  • Ah Angela, I want to be back there… it’s really paradise…
    Thank you…

    – Rhonda Strickland

  • JaneCSolomon
    JaneCSolomonover 4 years ago

    Oh beautiful…..My sanctuary too…x

  • Thank you Jane… yes, the seashore is probably for all of us….

    – Rhonda Strickland

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