Wind Washing Clean

SarahAllegra

Joined March 2011

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I originally shot this self portrait QUITE a while ago, a couple years, in fact. I shot it outside my mother in law’s home, which has a lovely little park-like area a short walk away and a pond where birds gather, which I thought would be a nice backdrop for my image.

Then it just kind of laid there in my hard drive for a long while. At some point more recently, I had gotten it out, edited it most of the way, and somehow forgot about it again. Luckily I rediscovered it before another several years had gone by (probably a couple of months) and was pleasantly surprised to rediscover I’d done most of the work on it already.

I figured I just had a little fine-tuning left to do, an afternoon’s work, maybe two… and then I decided that the reason I’d kept setting it down and forgetting it was that it was just a little bland on its own. So, naturally, I decided that what I needed to do was completely remove the existing background, add in dozens of different cloud images and create a complicated DreamWorld (http://sarahallegra.com/DreamWorld.html) composite instead of the nice, easy image I’d had in mind.

Well, we go where the art takes us, don’t we? ;)

I’m much, much happier with this now, despite all the unexpected work it required and it makes a nice companion piece to Where The Earth Meets The Sky, https://www.pinterest.com/pin/200973202095577019/. This is part of the benevolent Wind Goddess’ doing; picking up mortals, flying them up through the clouds and letting her pure wind was every bad thing away. Leaving the mortal cleansed, fresh, reborn. It’s quite a spiritual experience!

I have to give Brooke Shaden proper credit; though I wasn’t consciously taking my image in this direction, I’m sure her image The Storm Above The Clouds had an influence on me! https://www.flickr.com/photos/brookeshaden/8250... Thanks, Brooke :)

Have you heard my really, super exciting news about me finding a truly wonderful home gallery?? No? Well, you should read about it on the blog post I wrote regarding it! https://sarahallegra.wordpress.com/2015/04/14/a... It feels like such a wondrous milestone to have reached, I can hardly believe it’s true! Please do check out the blog or at least have a look at my page on the gallery’s site, http://www.agallery.co.uk/gallery/sarah_allegra..., so the owner will feel good about having signed me on! :)

On that note, thank you to everyone who has ever favorited, pinned or shared my work, left me encouraging comments and supported my art career in any way! A really, really BIG thank you goes to Geoff (https://www.unsinnimage.com) who has believed in me more than anyone. Thank you, my love! <3

*Twitter: http://twitter.com/sarahallegra
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*Blog: http://sarahallegra.wordpress.com/
*Prints: http://www.etsy.com/shop/SarahAllegraArtistry/ and www.agallery.co.uk/gallery/sarah_allegra.php?pg=1
*Red Bubble – a wide range of items to choose from! http://www.redbubble.com/people/sarahallegra
*Site: http://www.sarahallegra.com

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