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Calming Forest, an artwork I dedicate to my father. For 9 hours I have been working on this piece to manage to get it done in time for his birthday. (Look further down for credits. The original image is huge; this is the resized version. Heavily inspired by the very talented `cosmosue.)


I feel that it's important to write down why this photo manipulation was made. If you don't feel like reading a wall of text, skip it. But I have put down my heart and soul into the manip and the reason why it was made.


My father has been suffering from a heart condition for quite some time. He was told last year that November 2009 would be his final month that he would be with his family. He used to be a strong man, a strong man who had a healthy amount of pride and who always put his family first, no matter what.


Things had to change. Thanks to the help of his loving wife, my beautiful mother that I consider is an angel, he began meditating and today, July 25th 2010, my father is still alive. His heart is too old for his body, but he is trying to fight the bad condition. Every day he goes to the hospital, sometimes twice a day, to get a shot in his chest. Everytime he goes, his family aren't sure that he'll come back home again. Each time he goes to the hospital, I say goodbye and pray that it's not my last words to him.


I write this with tears in my eyes. Not only did I make this manip for his birthday in August, but I made it for when he meditates. For his birthday I have planned on spending the little bit of money I have in my savings (I'm currently an unemployed social worker) to make a print out of this photo manipulation, frame it in and give it to him so that he can hang it on his wall and whenever he feels worried, sad or happy, he can look at this magical forest and think of the beautiful things in life.


Much love for you, Dad. We love you so much. :heart:


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Some of the elements were painted by me, such as a few waterdrops and sparkle/glow effects. I repainted the cat in the front of the picture but I had to cover her up with black at the end. On my monitor(s) this manip looks alright - let me know if I have missed to erase some parts that you might see on yours!

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Credits:
:bulletgreen: ~redheadstock : [link] [link] & [link]

:bulletgreen: ~frozenstocks : [link]

:bulletgreen: *PandoraLore-Stock : [link]

:bulletgreen: ~PhantasmaStock : [link]

:bulletgreen: *gild-a-stock : [link]

:bulletgreen: *ladykraut : [link]


Thank you so much for making this photo manipulation possible. :heart: Please please please let me know if I missed a resource so that I can give the proper credit!

Edit: I added direct links to the images/resources that were used in this photo manipulation, so that others can find them easier.

Thanks for all the favourites and kind comments. :hug:
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:iconfishphan10m:
fishphan10m Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
It's gorgeous! Thank you for sharing.
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raziela Featured By Owner May 26, 2013   Writer
Thank you!
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JC303 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This picture has touched me. It's very beautiful indeed, and has been created for a beautiful cause. I understand very much what you're going through, because months ago, I lost my mother to liver failure, and all of us are still trying to deal with the loss. Given your father's condition, it's all very slow, so you still can spend as much time as you can with him, and when the time comes, you'll be more ready to let him go... Unfortunately for my mother, it all happened so fast that the last I could get was a hug weeks before she went so downhill...

...I still miss her very much. She was a good hearted woman who very much appreciated fine art, and even painted in her time every now and then. I still hold some of her artwork, as do other family members, and while my mother never thought she was good, we all knew that she was very much a fine artist, as well as a musician. If my mother were alive, I would call her over to show this lovely piece of artwork...

So you did a very wonderful job on this.
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:iconraziela:
raziela Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012   Writer
Thank you so much for your kind words, and for sharing a part of your life with me. It is always hard to lose someone precious and it takes a lot of time before one can get past the big wall of sorrow and try to look over the wall in order to get through a very difficult and heart-breaking situation.

My father's doctor told us that november (2011) would be my father's last month with us. He is still here, as if a miracle happened, and I try to spend as much time with him as possible, because his condition is not well. None of us know what is going on, but we try to keep a positive attitude and help eachother out as much as possible. Times are rough, especially when one does not know what is going to happen the next day.

If I could, I would give you a hug, because I know what you are going through (I have lost some individuals that were very close to me). I feel that I cannot fully express myself in English. However, I want you to know that you are not alone and if you ever need someone to talk to, I am here for you, in good and bad times.

Your mother sounds like she was an amazing person with a heart of gold, and no matter what happens in life, she will always watch over you and send you her smiles, love and energy from above.

Thank you once again - stay strong and I hope that you can smile again one day, because I have a feeling that is what your mother wants you to do when the time is right. Hugs to you from me and I will be sending you my positive thoughts and energies.
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JC303 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks again for those kind words of encouragement. I apologize that this isn't much of a reply to your last one, but give my regards to your father for me ^__^
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Nikki-Hatsune Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful! Used here: [link] :)
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:iconraziela:
raziela Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011   Writer
I would appreciate if you took this down from your site. My artwork is NOT STOCK. I made that work of art for my father and I don't want to see it being used on ANYONE ELSE's page.
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Nikki-Hatsune Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, i’m really sorry. Deleted~
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:iconraziela:
raziela Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011   Writer
Thank you. :)
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:iconnikki-hatsune:
Nikki-Hatsune Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem :) And again sorry, I don’t wanted to do anything bad ^^"
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:iconraziela:
raziela Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011   Writer
It's alright, we all do mistakes. :D
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amelia-slytherine Featured By Owner May 15, 2011
Amazing picture
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:iconraziela:
raziela Featured By Owner May 20, 2011   Writer
Thank you.
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AnitaJoy-Stock Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011   General Artist
Beautiful! Thank you for using my stock :) :rose:
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:iconraziela:
raziela Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011   Writer
Thank you very much and thanks for the note, too. :hug:
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Ikas16 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
Great dedication, nicely done.
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:iconraziela:
raziela Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011   Writer
Thank you!
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Ikas16 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
Welcome. :heart: :rose:
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Wolfpackwithme Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010
It's a beautiful picture, and the light and the moss on the trees are probably my favourite parts! :love:

I understand it must be hard on your family, but I hope you'll stay strong and that your father'll live as long as possible.
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:iconraziela:
raziela Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010   Writer
Thanks so much for your wonderful comment. :hug:
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:iconwolfpackwithme:
Wolfpackwithme Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010
You're welcome :hug:
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:icontehuti:
tehuti Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
It's very beautiful and peaceful. Wonderful work. :)
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:iconraziela:
raziela Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010   Writer
Thanks very much. :hug:
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waterdrup Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice ^^
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:iconraziela:
raziela Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010   Writer
Thanks!
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:iconlupie-stardust:
lupie-stardust Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010
My god, this is beautiful :D
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:iconraziela:
raziela Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010   Writer
Thank you, hon! :hug:
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:iconlupie-stardust:
lupie-stardust Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010
You're welcome! I've missed your work :)
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:iconraziela:
raziela Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010   Writer
Aww. :heart: I'm glad to be back. :)
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patrick2006 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010
magical art i love it :-)
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:iconraziela:
raziela Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010   Writer
Thanks very much. :)
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jedaiGFX Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010
wowo
its pretty good
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:iconraziela:
raziela Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010   Writer
Thank you. :)
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GargleSnarfBlack Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010
It's beautiful, I'm sure your Dad will love it :heart:
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:iconraziela:
raziela Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010   Writer
I sure hope so. :heart: Thank you. :hug:
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frenchfox Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010
Gorgeous place ! :love:
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:iconraziela:
raziela Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010   Writer
Thanks so much for the feedback. :heart: I quite like that place, too! I wouldn't mind living there. :)
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:iconfleche:
Fleche Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010
Holy tits! This is so beautiful!
I have no idea how you can make this!! i am totally amazed x'D
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raziela Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010   Writer
Thank you so much. :hug: I am surprised that it turned out this way!
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:iconfleche:
Fleche Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010
You're very welcome! ^^
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Sedma Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010
I took a look at all stock images and I still can't understand how could you do such beautiful art with those image that are not compatible at all. You put lot effort and I admire you and I'm sure that your dad will love it and will feel calm and peaceful every time he'll look at it. I know I would. Really beautiful photomanip :hug:

Best wishes to your father :heart: and to your family to be strong :hug:
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raziela Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010   Writer
Thanks so much for your kind words and the feedback on the manip, it means a lot to me. :hug: I really hope that he'll like what I made for him and that it makes him more calm and relaxed, just the way I felt when I made the artwork for him.

I was worried that the photos weren't compatible with eachother, but I'm not worried now that I read your comment. Thanks again and thanks for your thoughts. :hug: :heart:
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Sedma Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010
It's been awhile since I cleaned my message center. Then I found this. I'm truly hope that your father is ok and that he likes this amazing art :hug: :love:

I wish you and your family all the love, health and strength :tighthug: :heart:
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:iconraziela:
raziela Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010   Writer
Thank you so much. :hug: :heart:
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gild-a-stock Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010
It's a beautiful piece ~ best wishes to you and your father :heart: ~ thanks so much for including my stock :hug:
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raziela Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010   Writer
Thank you so much for your feedback as well as your kind words. :hug: I really appreciate it. :heart:
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airynaka Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful !
Nice ambiance :)
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:iconraziela:
raziela Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010   Writer
Thank you very much. :hug:
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ladykraut Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010
It looks ever so magical and beautiful, so serene and peaceful.

I wonder how you managed to get the lighting so "right" - it looks lovely!

This must be a very difficult time for you and your family - my thoughts and prayers are with you and your dad.

:butterfly:
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:iconraziela:
raziela Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010   Writer
Thank you so much for the warm, kind words and for your feedback! I tried my best to create the perfect piece for my father, an artwork that will make his mind relax. It's really hard since both my parents are artists, but I do hope that he will like the artwork.

The lighting was the hardest part of the manip, and it took about two hours to get it to look alright. This is my first really 'serious' and advanced manip I've made so I probably made a lot of mistakes, but with my PC dying on me yesterday I had to do my best on my boyfriend's PC and go from there.

Thanks again for your words. I hope that my father will be strong, me and my family really need him.

:heart:
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