Fragile Balance

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Description:

I stand:
On the razor edge:
Waters swirling all about me:
Infinity is such a magical word: Does it still:
Have the same meaning? I used to look out over the ocean.
And dream of a life that would unfold. With many horizons. I still do:
Although sometimes the horizons become hazy … (read more)

I stand:
On the razor edge:
Waters swirling all about me:
Infinity is such a magical word: Does it still:
Have the same meaning? I used to look out over the ocean.
And dream of a life that would unfold. With many horizons. I still do:
Although sometimes the horizons become hazy ~ As the winds of the future:
Play on. My mind. My heart. My body. My Spirit. Telling me I must live in the moment:
And observe what takes away my freedom: And what can I give so that the 'Fragile Balance:'
Of our beautiful earth can be felt and seen and understood: By hearts that will always be open.
To our forever Connection: With air and water. With each other. With our Creator.
Let me believe with every single:
Murmur: That my life has purpose.
And that is why I am: Here. And now.
On this voyage. Of magical discovery.
~Ally.


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Comments

woooaoh oh, caught me eye looking through thumbnails! Great composition and tones of blue. It all is very cohesive, hard time figuring out where one image beings and another starts. The infinite w/ the seashells up top is my favorite caveat of this piece. inspiring work!

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Alison Lee Cousland
(creator)
2019/10/15

Being an admirer of your amazing image-making, I'm so pleased to receive your wonderful comment Kristoffer.

I did many versions of this image ~ And then one day I put some of the 'ideas' together and voila. I haven't done a lot of work with photoshop and just use the basic functions. But I love to be able to merge images ~ with both hard edges and soft blends. I'm so pleased that you like the infinity symbol with the seashells. Like a lot of my work, one image can often give me a myriad of ideas for an entire series of works. And the infinity symbol is one that is high on my still 'to do' wishlist. ♥︎♥︎⚖️♥︎♥︎

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Alison Lee Cousland
(creator)
2019/10/13

Such a beautiful comment Indrani. I appreciate your thoughtfulness so much.

Stone has such a feeling of solidity and permanence, and yet over time water being consistent, wears it away. I connect water to the watery world of our emotions: Some hidden at the bottom of a very deep ocean ~ Perhaps lying there for lifetime upon lifetime. Others that have already risen to greet the light of day, where they can be observed and if we wish assimilated into our being. While many are lying just beneath the surface for when we are ready to recognize them as part of who we are. BUT then ALL the myriad layers in between ~ Giving us an unlimited potential to become the being we are meant to be and/or who we chose to be.

The shells in the shallows have been broken down and worn away by the movement of water ~ In time they will become sand and part of the earth. In their state of wholeness, they are very fragile and vulnerable to the elements and have a beauty that we gravitate towards. Giving us infinite pleasure ~ And at the same time, they remind us that life is infinite in its cycles ~ As you have phrased so very beautifully. ♥︎♥︎⚖️♥︎♥︎

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Indrani Mitra
2019/10/09

When I look, I see a soul that is undefeated and strong and yet fragile and adaptable. The stone speaks to the first , the shells to the second and water to the third. I see glimpses of belief that we come from the earth and we go back to it, the body in death merges with the five elements . But the soul stays for infinity? I don't know but I have been told that it returns in another form , to another life , to continue its journey , to fulfill destiny and purpose and then one day when it is done , it returns no more but becomes one with the creator. And a fulfilled soul is one with open heart and mind , that does not fear hurt .

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MJ Moonbow
2019/10/09

Cool gives me a heroic feeling. Stand firm in the storm :)

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Alison Lee Cousland
(creator)
2019/10/09

YES. No matter how troubled the waters, it's so important that we can find something in ourselves that knows we can 'stand firm' in what we believe and always be true to ourselves. ♥︎♥︎⚖️♥︎♥︎

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Mike Butler
2019/10/08

There is something very attractive about the mystery of this image. Is it a ship beached on the shore of life? What is the wrapped parcel on which it rests? What are the gargoyles on the ships prow? So many questions to ponder. We are poised on the beach waiting for revelations which may or may not come. A delicate balance indeed.

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Alison Lee Cousland
(creator)
2019/10/09

Thanks so much Mike. I'd been working with variations of this final image with the central image of the boat, flanked by the reptilian gargoyles, without having a defined story or concept. It wasn't even going to be my image for 'Fragile Balance' as I've been working on another totally different drawing for that.

However just yesterday the words flowed, after resolving a personal 'challenge' ~ And memories of being at the ocean and gazing out to sea. And in a flash, I knew this was the piece for 'Fragile Balance.' And then the final touches to the image came about very easily too.

I'm going to show some of the variations in an article for Steemit now. ♥︎♥︎⚖️♥︎♥︎

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Mike Butler
2019/10/09

That’s great, Alison. I hope that you will post a link to the article when it’s published.

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Jarid Scott
2019/10/08

What an amazing piece Alison! The juxtaposed layers of water are just astounding. There is a strong sense of depth and an almost regal to the central figure. The infinite seashells swirling above her head leave a lot to contemplate over. While this is the end of the series what other beginnings might it give birth to? Your poem/description pairs well with the piece, infusing it with emotional direction and more mysteries to solve. Amazing work. Love it!

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Alison Lee Cousland
(creator)
2019/10/09

Thanks so much Jarid. I love the ocean and have taken hundreds ~ Maybe thousands of photographs of the ocean from different places ~ Mainly around Sydney. So with the concept of water and how precious it is ~ I had many images to work from, for the 'swirling waters.'

Yes, although it's my 'one and only' image for the theme of 'Fragile Balance' at the moment ~ I feel it may be just the beginning of a new direction in my digital art. ♥︎♥︎⚖️♥︎♥︎

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What a beautiful context of your story that accompanies such a mystical creation. My admiration.

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Alison Lee Cousland
(creator)
2019/10/09

Thanks so much Norma. I'd been working with variations of this final image without knowing what the story behind it was going to be.

And then yesterday the words flowed, after resolving a personal 'challenge.' And then a little later on the final touches to the image came about very easily too. ♥︎♥︎⚖️♥︎♥︎

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Beautiful image and beautiful words. I love the composition of the image, it can't be more dreamlike. Congratulations.

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Alison Lee Cousland
(creator)
2019/10/09

Thanks so much Maria. I worked with many different variations before this one was born as a result. I'm really happy that the dreamlike quality is there for you in this piece ~ As I admire that quality so much in your own imagery. ♥︎♥︎⚖️♥︎♥︎

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Razorcar
2019/10/08

nice work!

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Alison Lee Cousland
(creator)
2019/10/09

Thanks so much @Razorcar. ♥︎♥︎⚖️♥︎♥︎

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