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My Photo Gallery Number One

Updated on November 15, 2011

I'm not sure how to enter the photo contest, but I'll assume I can display a few compositions here, and give this hub the tag "contest."

These paintings and collages were all done in PhotoShop by me, SamboRambo, aka Samuel Richardson. They have not been published elsewhere, with the exception that I've used some of the art for other hubs. If this is an issue, I will remove that art from this hub.

"Rainbow" - Painted in PhotoShop
"Rainbow" - Painted in PhotoShop
"Stasis through the Passage of Time" - The clock face, the glitter sphere and the dove were photographed. The other items (including the dust, cobwebs and shelf) were painted in PhotoShop. I used this for the Hub "Self-Esteem Gone Missing."
"Stasis through the Passage of Time" - The clock face, the glitter sphere and the dove were photographed. The other items (including the dust, cobwebs and shelf) were painted in PhotoShop. I used this for the Hub "Self-Esteem Gone Missing."
"Hohenschwangau Castle" a PhotoShop silhouette painting. The frame was also painted in PhotoShop, and is part of the composition.
"Hohenschwangau Castle" a PhotoShop silhouette painting. The frame was also painted in PhotoShop, and is part of the composition.

The Hohenschwangau castle is found in the Bavarian mountains of southern Germany, and built by King Maximilian II in the 19th century. His son, Ludwig II of Bavaria spent his childhood there.

"Memorial to the Departed," a PhotoShop collage
"Memorial to the Departed," a PhotoShop collage
"Prayer of Futility," a PhotoShop silhouette painting. Used in the Hub "War's Immorality."
"Prayer of Futility," a PhotoShop silhouette painting. Used in the Hub "War's Immorality."
"A Tear in Heaven," PhotoShop painting.
"A Tear in Heaven," PhotoShop painting.

This painting represents a poem I wrote, called "Your Trail." Excerpts of the poem are found in the lacy collar of this woman. This poem supposes that the pure in heart may become angels in the next life, and the character reciting the poem assumes this has happened. He also assumes the woman will close her eyes to the beauties of heaven - if he asks - thus not inhibiting tears that may result from missing her bereaved. Here is the poem:

Turn your ear from the angel’s tune;
Hear my prayer which I share with the moon:
Those plans and dreams made only for us—
Must they wither and turn to dust?

True Love’s way will conquer, I know:
If you miss me, you’ll cry as you go—
Your tears will leave a sparkling trail,
And then I’ll find you, it cannot fail.

Selfish, to ask you to cry for me?
Your world is youthful and heartache-free.
But how can I follow the echo of laughter—
Tossed by the stars and fading soon after?

Light my way, I’ll follow your trail—
It shouldn’t be long in Eternity’s scale.
I’ll renew with you the plans that we made
Or wander alone ‘til memories fade.

"Butterfly and Oak Leaves," a PhotoShop painting. Used in the Hub, "Don't Ask the Butterfly."
"Butterfly and Oak Leaves," a PhotoShop painting. Used in the Hub, "Don't Ask the Butterfly."

I think poetry is a powerful medium, specifically dedicated to expressing the emotions and feelings of the writer. Also, for me it has been a great tool for cathartic release.

Thank you, to the powers that be, for these opportunities to express myself through this medium, as well the medium of art. Here is an excerpt from another poem I wrote that describes the role of the various arts in our lives:

I’ll try to discover my talents within,
That in their grooming, excellence gain.
I’ll seek for praise, the kind that builds,
To raise my esteem when sin will bring shame.

Singing will take us closer to heaven,
Art will tell stories when silence we need.
Poetry will sing the songs of the heart,
And the pen, our wand’ring tendencies feed.


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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      7 years ago from West Virginia

      Up, awesome, beautiful, and interesting votes. A great collection of fine pics you have here. I am amazed that you are able to create some of the images above in the photoshop. I have never heard of this. Very interesting though. I would like to have access to that one day. Well done and have a good weekend Sambo Rambo:)

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