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Updated on March 13, 2015

One Picture Can Speak a Thousand Words

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Searching for images in the beginning

When I first started writing articles I used to search Google for images. I used the advanced search for images and then selected "Labelled for commercial reuse". As soon as I did this the choice was very limited but I always managed to find something to fit what I was writing about. Most of the pictures were from Flickr. I joined Flickr and would always send a message to the owner of the picture I used along with a link to my hub asking for permission to use their art with my post. Those who did reply were only too happy to give their permission and responded very warmly. As long as I gave the artist credit and included a link back to them the artists were very happy to associate their work with my writing. The only problem with this was that not everyone replied and sometimes the permission came after a long wait.

Below is an example of a picture from Flickr I used with my hub "Cutting the Ties That Bind" to explain a visualization exercise I use with my clients to cut the ties that bind us to people and things that prevent our emotional and spiritual development.

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Convenience is not always in your best interests

I then started using images form Microsoft Office . The images are free and there are literally thousands to choose from. Though I found it very convenient using these images I felt something was lacking. There is simply no substitute for good quality art which matches and enhances the written word. The image can often convey more efficiently a message without words and so cut to the chase. I appreciate it when I see the trouble a writer goes to to choose an image to fit an article because it really does make a difference.


Deviantart

One day I decided to ask a hubber where she got her beautiful pictures. She told me she got them from a website called deviantart and from that day onwards I never looked back. When I visited the website to check it out I thought I had died and gone to heaven. I spent hours browsing through the most beautiful images which are there in abundance in what seems like an infinite choice.

The first thing I did was become a member and I even submitted some of my own art. I then set about introducing myself to the creators of the art that I was attracted to. I sent each of them them one of my hubs to give them an idea of the kind of thing I tend to write about and asked them if they would be interested in associating their art work with my writing.

Every one of them was so courteous to me and not only did they say how honoured they would be for me to use their art they also gave me some very positive feedback on what I had written. These were people who took pride in their work and appreciated being me making the effort to contact them and asking their permission.

After writing a post I always still send the link, to the artists whose work I use, and just to make sure they are happy with the way their art is used and credited.

At first I chose five artists in particular to befriend and I gave each of them a 1 month premium membership as a gesture of my appreciation for being given permission to use their amazing work with my writing. This was the equivalent of giving each of them 396 points which gives them benefits only open to premium members. Each cost $4.95. It was not the amount of money but the thought I wished to convey and each artist understood this and sent me a very warm message of appreciation.

You get back what you give out and I have always stuck by my principle to do unto others as you would like them do unto you.

Below are pictures from some of my favourite artists from deviantart whose work I regularly use.

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This picture by AlexGroseth I used in my hub "Hearts and Mind on Fire with Enthusiasm" explaining how to use meditation to regain the power to direct attention deliberately and to use thought to create what you want and not what others want for you.

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I used this picture by Ricky4 to explain in my hub "The Artist Within" how we use our thoughts and feelings to create our reality. We are not helpless victims of life but rather the creators of our lives. 

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I used this picture by AshenSorrow in my hub "What Does Your Dream Mean?" in which I talk about the very important part our dream world plays in each of our lives.

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I used this picture by Parablev also in my hub "What Does Your Dream Mean?" because I felt it brilliantly describes how most of us spend our lives ... trapped in the capsule of our thinking minds rarely leaving our comfort zones. 

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I used this picture by KHcode in my hub "All Criticism is Self Criticism" to highlight the power of love to create happiness in our lives.

Pray Tell

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Pray Tell

Ask and you shall receive and there is more than enough of everything for everyone in this world.

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    • Spirit Whisperer profile imageAUTHOR

      Xavier Nathan 

      7 years ago from Isle of Man

      Hi Enlydia thank you for the comment and I am glad you found it helpful. You might also be interested in another hub I recently published called "Free Editing Picture Software" which would help you customise your own book cover. Here is a link to that hub:

      https://hubpages.com/technology/Free-Editing-Pictu...

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      Enlydia Listener 

      7 years ago from trailer in the country

      I am so glad that I found you today. I have used guided imagery for over ten years, but just finished writing three books on guided imagery. They read sort of like an adult fairy tale, and I was thinking about what I wanted on the cover...and the information in your hub, might really help me. I was looking to have a surreal picture of a green hill, with a chapel, cathedral on it...I might contact you for more information on how to do it myself.

    • Spirit Whisperer profile imageAUTHOR

      Xavier Nathan 

      7 years ago from Isle of Man

      Thank you for visiting my gallery and I appreciate your kind words. Yes I am very interested in spiritual matters and that is one of the main reasons I was attracted you your hubs. I look forward to our exchanges.

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      soumyasrajan 

      7 years ago from Mumbai India and often in USA

      Thanks a lot for link of your gallery. I enjoyed very much pictures.

      It is interesting that you had in your gallery a picture of Gerimono in March itself. Would you have ever thought that within a few days that name will be talked about so much!

      Pictures like meditation (with strong light on forehead - almost like a third eye), together (with the guy being a little bald) do convey a lot mostly pleasant peaceful ideas.

      You are fascinated by spiritual aspects your own avatar and name with Whisperer added seems to also convey your feeling about yourself. You must be practicing spiritual aspects and also knowing a lot of interesting things about them. It will be enjoying to hear from you detailed discussions on these aspects, your experiences.

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      Xavier Nathan 

      7 years ago from Isle of Man

      Thank you soumyasrajan I appreciate your comment and you are more than welcome to also use the pictures I have created. Here is a link to my gallery http://atnates.deviantart.com/gallery/

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      soumyasrajan 

      7 years ago from Mumbai India and often in USA

      Nice article, special pleasure is colorful and exceptional pictures. I also try to find good pictures but have never put so much effort. Your ideas will help.

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      Xavier Nathan 

      7 years ago from Isle of Man

      Thank you for visiting and taking the time to comment. Nothing of what I say is easy to anyone who believes change is hard. Just reading the books is not enough it is like saying that if you watch enough football you will become a great footballer...I don't think so but this seems to be the way people think when it comes to the field of consciousness. A good start is to take one idea and rigorously put it into practice to prove to yourself that it works. Every journey starts with a single step!

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      Edlira 

      7 years ago

      I agree, the hubs get much more enjoyable and meaningful, when illustrated with a picture. So far, I have been using either my art or photos (not necessarily though related to what I had written) or images from free royalty picture sites online. Again, thank you for introducing me to another beautiful resource. Besides the pictures you have used, I like the messages you convey through your hubs. I wish it was as easy as you say :), with us making our own reality and not being victims. I have read a lot of self-development literature but am somehow stuck, for one reason or another. I guess I have failed to learn some lessons on the way :-). Will be back to read more.

      My best, Edlira.

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      Xavier Nathan 

      7 years ago from Isle of Man

      Thank you crystolite for visiting and the pictures really do brighten up a hub.

      Nell I am so glad you found this helpful. I feel very passionately about this subject. These artists say as much or even more in their beautiful art than I could say in a million hubs so I always give them the respect they deserve. I would highly recommend you joining their website and becoming part of their community and perhaps you may even submit your own artwork. My name is "atnates" on that site so please feel free to use some of my art. Have a great day Nell and be sure to share love.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpVUih5nY9g

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      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi, this is a great idea, something I would never have thought of, I do try and find the right photos for my hubs, and of course try and add a link if it is appropriate, these pictures are fantastic, thanks for the info, I will have to try it, cheers nell

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      Emma 

      7 years ago from Houston TX

      Nice and colorful article,thanks for sharing.

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      Xavier Nathan 

      7 years ago from Isle of Man

      FaithDream I appreciate your kind words and I am glad that my hub has inspired you appreciate the work that these artists allow us to borrow.Thank you.

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      FaithDream 

      7 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      Great article. I thought the same thing about finding good images. Tnderhrt has some great images. I tracked down deviantart as well. You have some good ideas to contact the owner even for free images, that is great courtesy. I'm going to use some of your suggestions. Thanks for sharing.

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