Thursday, October 18, 2012

Creating Photo Art


 Natasha Head challenged us at New World Creative Union's Wednesday Wake-Up Call to use our  imaginations on what the four elements earth, wind, fire and water meant to us. I chose to step out of my usual poetry contribution and create art. This was created from one of my photographs and different texture layers.

 If you are thinking there seems to be more fire in this one, you would be correct. This year my oldest daughter, Dawn, has faced numerous health challenges. She lost her left kidney to cancer in 2008 so she has been under the care of an oncologist. Early in the year she had to have a kidney stent put in twice. Her white blood cell count left questions as to possible Leukemia which led to a bone marrow test. Thank goodness she didn't have it! Then it was CT scans, an MRI, a PET scan and four biopsies. We got the biopsy results Wednesday and it wasn't cancer!

Dawn has been through the fire this year. She is one of the most incredible women I know. Her story should, no must, become a book. She has fought health issues for years and through it all she graduated college cum laude with a bachelor's degree in political science/journalism; was the first non law student to ever be chosen as a Texas state legislative aide; testified in front of the EPA in Houston on air quality, and well the list goes on. She is definitely a phoenix rising from the fire of adversity.


New World Creative Union's Wednesday Wake-Up Call ~ Elemental Magic

14 comments:

  1. She sounds like a powerful and courageous woman. Thank you for sharing a bit of her story and the beautiful digital art.

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  2. Thank you for sharing your inspiring Dawn with us. May you both be blessed many fold.

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  3. I love the fire in this Susie and how it blends into the blue creating lavender. Intriguing piece. And blessings to both you and your daughter. She sounds like an amazing woman! I'm so glad it's not cancer. My husband Charles had cancer 3 years ago, went through a lot and is in remission, but ever 3 months is his checkup...I know how nerve racking it can be.

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    1. Thank you Joanne. We never know what life will bring. We just have to take a deep breath and live it.

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  4. Susie...your image reflects the prompt perfectly, Dawn's story...even more so. An amazing and inspiring combination the ignites the fire within me..now...how do we get her story to the masses?! This was fantastic! Thanks for stepping outside that box and sharing such an emotive and compassionate work with us

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    1. Thank you Natasha. Dawn says she is going to write a book some day about her experiences of illness and living life with it.

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  5. “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”~~Mahatma Gandhi
    Dawn has this will and you have an amazing perception as her mother and as an artist the fire she has been through and endured. bless you both!

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  6. Susie, this photograph is unbelievable, way to work the Digital photography, I love it. There's a site you may or may not know of, photo art friday, I contribute sometimes and try to stop in when I have the time but it's always cool to stop in and see other's work, this is fantastic. Great write up as well. Just can't get over how good this photograph came out. Thanks

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    1. Thank you Fred. It was a sunset picture and it really spoke fire to me so I worked with it to bring in all the elements. I will have to check out photo art Friday. I am really new to working with my photos in this manner.

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