Brushed with the fragrance of honeysuckle, blended with the prickle of barbed wire.
FYI: If you pluck a blossom of honeysuckle and score the tiny bulb at its base, the stamen can be pulled out bringing with it a drop of sweet nectar. One drop of nectar means little to me, but it's a mouthful to a honey bee.
Completed scene was first constructed using vector software. In Essentials, a bitmap of the scene was covered with random brush strokes and then blended to give the background shown in the picture. This simplified and receded the backdrop. It also created areas of color that support the subject because both elements come from the same underlying image.
You are way more talented than I could ever dream to be. Love your work.
Thank you for your kind words. Permit me to expand on what the term "artistic talent" means to me. There are two kinds. The first, true talent, is gifted at birth. It is usually recognized early on by others, but must be polished by experience and maturity in order to achieve its full potential. This talent is rare enough to have had words invented for it, prodigy, genius. Such talent is capable of world class works that last throughout the ages.
The second kind is work talent. Someone defined it as 10-percent inspiration, 90-percent perspiration. We all have this in varying percentages because it relies little on being a gift and more on being an achievement for which we must strive. It is this talent that caused me to keep art as a hobby when I soon realized the description "starving artist" was accurate.
The 90-percent perspiration is the important side of the equation. It means so much more than slapping oil onto canvas for hours or pushing pixels around on a monitor until your eyes are red. It means educating yourself, that is, taking the time to learn the tools of the trade, how they work, what they can and cannot do. Combine this with the never-ending practice, practice, practice and work talent magically grows. You, me, everyone who has enough interest to visit this board has this talent.
Let me share my four rule secret with you. Never start a project unless you have child-like enthusiasm for it. Give time and thought to the tools needed for a project and how they will be used (software such as Essentials allows easy experimentation). Give a project a season of rest if it fails for a 3rd time (this may eventually produce a keeper). And most important, rule no. 4, show only the keepers. It makes people think you have talent.