I think the pain, Benadryl and pain medication are starting to make me stupid. I decided to select a photo for Athena Cat Goddess’ Caturday Art Blog Hop without a feline presence. Just call me crazy!


The original photo is below. It was taken on Tortola in the British Virgin Islands at a beach called Smuggler’s Cove. Visitors to the beach had taken large pieces of coral that had washed ashore and placed them in the tree like ornaments.

I created the above version of the photo in Picasa by first using the Pencil Sketch function. I still wanted it to have a beachy feel and used Vignette to add the color around the edges. Finally, to try to bring out the intricate lines of the tree and coral, I applied the Film Grain filter. I am not 100 percent happy with the outcome but satisfied enough to share.

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Finally, I’d like to thank everyone for their well wishes with regard to the scorpion sting.  Healing is very slow. Some of the swelling has gone down so that my lower leg looks less like a tree truck and more like a leg. The pain has abated enough for me to hobble around but not stand for any length of time. I have been advised to expect a minimum of two weeks for my reaction to the sting to disappear. I expect, with my already impaired circulation, I may be looking at a longer recovery period. I’ll keep everyone advised periodically on my progress. Thanks for caring.