Portrait of an Aging Beauty by rocamiadesign

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I started out trying to make a selfportrait and realized, halfway through, that this was more a portrait of every woman in my generation. This is the portrait of a woman whom the world considered a beauty when she was young, but she knew that she was raw and unfinished, the beauty only on the surface. Now that the years have taken their toll on her face and hair, she realizes that she is really a work of art in progress. Each line that appears on her face was carved by selflessness and pain. Each gray hair is achieved by a thousand experiences that gave her wisdom and compassion. The beauty of youth has been polished and changed. There are now layers and depth that conceal the girl inside but haven’t obliterated her.

I started this in UltraFractal 5 with a Julia formula and made it a collage in Photoshop CS, layering different fractals, adding filter effects and painting with the burn, eraser and smudge tools.

- Kathleen -

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TOP TEN WINNER in the Fractal Art Challenge in the Amazing Challenge Entertainment group.


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  • Desirée Glanville
    Desirée Glanvilleabout 4 years ago


  • Lyn Evans
    Lyn Evansabout 4 years ago

    So very pretty.

  • klikker
    klikkerabout 4 years ago

    Awesome Kathleen. Nick xx

  • Margaret Walker
    Margaret Walkerabout 4 years ago


  • Jaclyn Hughes
    Jaclyn Hughesabout 4 years ago

    Gorgeous piece of work Kathleen!

  • Carolyn Staut
    Carolyn Stautabout 4 years ago

    How lovely……………and thought provoking. I’ll keep this one in mind as gravity takes over and instead see myself as polished and changed. Wonderful creativity here.

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeabout 4 years ago

    Very cool image. Excellent work.

  • Arla M. Ruggles
    Arla M. Rugglesabout 4 years ago

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1about 4 years ago


  • liesbeth
    liesbethabout 4 years ago

    True Beauty .. your words are my thoughts.. the reason why i think in a way it is sad that so many think they need to make changes when they grow older.. as if we no longer understand about true beauty and wisdom..
    instant fav for me.

  • Thank you very much! I’m so happy that you agree.

    – rocamiadesign

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