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User Image triciabath Posted: Nov 19, 2017 1:19 AM (UTC)
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An imperfect creative endeavor marrying fact or fable with altered family or found photos.

Late spring. A blue sky filled my sight, but there were a few clouds in back of me signaling rain. I slung my bag over my shoulder and headed up the hill, the other side hidden like a hero's journey.
As I climbed, a woman appeared at the sloping summit. She smiled, raising her hand toward her face, an almost beckoning gesture. For one lightning moment, my heart leapt to my throat in unexpected delight, as I wondered if she was waiting for me. 
Even with the light behind her, I could see the outline of her eyes. I grew hot—she was staring at me. I cast my eyes down in embarrassment then kept moving toward her, readying myself to meet her gaze.

She was full-bodied, with thick, dark hair and pale, almost translucent skin. Milky white, but not opaque: I could see a hint of blue veins trailing her legs, her forearms. And constellations of taupe and golden freckles.

As I neared and looked up, I saw she hardly wore makeup. A light smear of rouge on her lips; something dusted on her cheeks. And her eyes. Her eyes—green maybe, maybe blue, I couldn’t tell—were framed by dark lashes. Her eyes. Her eyes, which I thought were focused on me, I found, were looking just slightly past, and to my left, toward something, someone I didn’t turn to see in the distance. Her smile never wavered, even when she met my gaze.

And though I realized nothing from her was meant for me, I suddenly felt secure, safe even, in her presence. I felt cocooned from the realities that seemed oppressive most days. She held her smile as I passed by. We both faintly nodded, and then she turned back to whatever or whomever she waited.
And me? I walked on, over the hill, and onto my journey. Believing now I was shielded from the approaching storm, even the one brewing inside.

#snapshottale #snapshotstories #alteredphoto #alteredart #story #creativeplay
User Image senzagawilliams Posted: Nov 18, 2017 7:40 PM (UTC)
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👑🖤🌍 #africa #queen #alteredart
User Image vividrebel Posted: Nov 18, 2017 7:07 PM (UTC)
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Making some cool VIVID REBEL STICKERS ! Love them ! X
User Image gkalters Posted: Nov 18, 2017 6:41 PM (UTC)
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User Image davepollotart Posted: Nov 18, 2017 4:58 PM (UTC)
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Progress on piece called "Big trouble in little Italy"...
#lopan #bigtroubleinlittlechina
User Image papermade_fairytale Posted: Nov 18, 2017 3:45 PM (UTC)
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User Image alteredartstudios Posted: Nov 18, 2017 2:25 PM (UTC)
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Getting pushed out of your comfort zone is when the magic happens. We're loving how these mixed media collages turned out from last night's workshop! Some of the ephemera we used from a newspaper dated 1953 talked about #marijuana and it became part of our background, adding to the rich layers underneath. A fun, inspiring evening for all. #alteredartstudios #alteredart #mixedmedia #collage #cannabis #cannabiscommunity #artandweed #exploration #artjourney #arttherapy #santarosa #sonomacounty #artworkshop

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