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Two of Swords (Tarot) by N-arteest
Two of Swords (Tarot)
The swords are technically pointing in the wrong direction this time.  But with how I've placed them in the photomanip, it still represents balance and stability, however, it lacks the crossed sword effect.  Instead, I feel like the position reflects the image of a set of scales, to indicate choices and perhaps indecision. What do you think?

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Two of Swords Tarot Card Meanings and Description

The Two of Swords depicts a young, blindfolded woman who holds a sword in each hand. She sits before a sea filled with rocks and crags that present obstacles to ships which need clear passage. The blindfold shows that the woman in this card is confused about her situation and that she can see neither the problem nor the solution clearly. The swords she holds are perfectly balanced, showing a balanced and stable mind, and that both sides of the situation need to be addressed. The crossed swords are also symbolic of the need for a truce and the Suit of Swords indicates that the problem at hand needs to be resolved using logic and intellect. The waxing moon to the right of the woman shows a new beginning arising out of the solutions found for this problem.

Information From: Biddy Tarot


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Credits:

Female Model: HERE by  mjranum-stock

Background 1 (sky):  
Personal stock

Background 2 (ocean):
HERE by CoolCurry-Stock

Moon: HERE by  Melyssah6-Stock
Ice :  
 From HERE.  (But the original link is lost :/)

Hair Stock: HERE by CindysArt

Blindfold:  Personal Stock

Sword:  HERE by FairieGoodMother

Card Archway Border: Here by MJ84-StockPhotos

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Major Arcana:
0 - The Fool -- HERE
1 - The Magician -- HERE
2 - The High Priestess -- HERE
3 - The Empress -- HERE
4 - The Emperor -- HERE
5 - The Hierophant -- HERE
6 - The Lovers -- HERE
7 - The Chariot -- HERE
8 - Strength -- HERE
9 - The Hermit -- HERE
10 - Wheel of Fortune -- HERE
11 - Justice -- HERE
12 - The Hanged Man -- HERE
13 - Death -- HERE 
14 - Temperance -- HERE
15 - The Devil -- HERE
16 - The Tower -- HERE
17 - The Star -- HERE
18 - The Moon -- HERE
19 - The Sun  -- HERE
20 - Judgment -- HERE
21 - The World -- HERE

Minor Arcana:

Cups:

Ace: HERE
Two: HERE
Three: HERE
Four: HERE
Five: HERE
Six: HERE
Seven:  HERE
Eight: HERE
Nine: HERE
Ten: HERE
Page:
Knight:
Queen:
King:

Swords:
Ace: HERE

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Ace of Swords (Tarot) by N-arteest
Ace of Swords (Tarot)
It's been a while since I posted a new Tarot!  But here it is!  I actually made the first 10 Sword cards (like the cups) last year but stopped and went on hiatus for this series.  Now I'm going to put them up again.  Unfortunately, I think my skills have developed a lot since last year...

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Ace of Swords Tarot Card Meanings and Description

The Ace of Swords shows a hand, cloaked in white, holding an upright sword, symbolic of the mind and the intellect. At the tip of the sword is a wreath, indicating success and victory, and a crown, indicating mental clarity. However, the barren, mountainous landscape below the sword reflects the often cold nature of intellect.

Information From: Biddy Tarot


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Credits:

Female Model:  HERE by LilyStox

Background 1 (sky/clouds):  
Personal stock

Background 2 (Mountains):  
 HERE by sabrine-nature-stock

Crown:   HERE by darkadathea

Flowers (1):  
 HERE by zememz

Sword: 
 HERE by FairieGoodMother

Card Archway Border: Here by MJ84-StockPhotos

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Major Arcana:
0 - The Fool -- HERE
1 - The Magician -- HERE
2 - The High Priestess -- HERE
3 - The Empress -- HERE
4 - The Emperor -- HERE
5 - The Hierophant -- HERE
6 - The Lovers -- HERE
7 - The Chariot -- HERE
8 - Strength -- HERE
9 - The Hermit -- HERE
10 - Wheel of Fortune -- HERE
11 - Justice -- HERE
12 - The Hanged Man -- HERE
13 - Death -- HERE 
14 - Temperance -- HERE
15 - The Devil -- HERE
16 - The Tower -- HERE
17 - The Star -- HERE
18 - The Moon -- HERE
19 - The Sun  -- HERE
20 - Judgment -- HERE
21 - The World -- HERE

Minor Arcana:

Cups:

Ace: HERE
Two: HERE
Three: HERE
Four: HERE
Five: HERE
Six: HERE
Seven:  HERE
Eight: HERE
Nine: HERE
Ten: HERE
Page:
Knight:
Queen:
King:

Swords:
Ace:

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Where's the Key Alice by N-arteest
Where's the Key Alice
Sequel to:
Which Way Alice

This is a photomanipulation, which, were I much better at painting with a brush and a canvas, I would have love to do by hand (but alas, I am not good at all with a brush, lack the patience and skill to do it by hand, and do not think a finelined version would be worthy, thus, I went to my trusty laptop, opened up photoshop and decided to go from there).  Although I called this 'Where's the Key Alice' this one isn't really an 'Alice in Wonderland' scene.  But rather, it's based on the idea of Alice in Wonderland, and grew to be something else entirely.  I was randomly inspired to do this.  

Don't know how many hours went into this photomanipulation this time.  But I just had the urge to do it!  Whereas in 'Which Way Alice', the girl - presumably Alice - is deciding on which way to go.  In this one, originally conceptualised as 'The Secret Garden', 'Alice' has just entered the Secret Garden and must find the 'Key'.   However, to go forward, she is once again faced with decision.  This time though, it's not just about which way is better than the other, but rather, how does one work their way through the obstacles placed before them?   There is a hint that this is a fae land, and thus, Alice should be even more careful.  There are fae around, of all different sizes.  From afar, things seem normal, but what if Alice comes face to face with one?  But mostly, what is the girl at the end of the paths doing there? Death lingers waiting.  And a faery is holding onto the key.  So Alice, where is the Key?  And how will you get it?

Maybe I should have made this scene darker, like my other one, but I felt that it needed to be bright to hide the potentially unfriendly characters within the pic - all of whom, look innocent.

I had a thought of making this available as a print, but as I've never before wanted something printed, I don't know.  But maybe, if I get enough views, I seek out the necessary permissions and make this available as a print (along with the other one, Which way Alice).  As for now!  This has been made as a 1366x768 sized wallpaper (and of which is currently set as my laptop wallpaper, as I've mentioned previously, I love being able to make my own wallpapers and really loving them too).  Hmm I'd actually love to have this as a jigsaw puzzle lol.  Maybe one day, for my kids if I ever have any! Haha.

Of course, I could still improve on this!  But this is only the second time I've done something so detailed in terms of photomanipulation.  I never thought I could, but well! (hmm I might have to edit this so that the Lamp Post is bigger, but essentially, what's written on the Lamp Post is:  "Welcome to the Secret Garden", "warning", "Home", "Land of Extreme Fantasy", "Tie Your Brain Up", and "If Lost: call the Fae".

Credits: (This couldn't have been done without these beautiful, magnificent resources!)

Model (Alice):
HERE by Kechake-stock
Model (Key Faery): HERE by faestock
Model (Death): HERE by magikstock
Model (Crystal Faery): HERE by Lisajen-stock
Model (Little Princess in the background): HERE by BirdsistersStock
Stone Angel 1:
 HERE by Malleni-Stock
Stone Angel 2:
 HERE by Malleni-Stock
Stone Angel 3:
 HERE by Malleni-Stock
Foreground (Floating island):
 HERE by Moonglowlilly
Foreground (Platform) : HERE by Moonglowlilly
Foreground (Archway) : HERE by BrokenWing3dStock
Foreground (Lamp Post) : HERE by kuschelirmel-stock
Foreground (Lamp Post Sign) 
: HERE by DoloresMinette
Foreground (Land inside archway): HERE by LuDa-Stock
Foreground (Waterfall base):
 HERE by prints-of-stock
Foreground (Tall Grass): HERE by zememz
Foreground (Ivy): HERE by mysticmorning
Foreground (Lizard): HERE by Momotte2stocks
Background (waterfall) :
 HERE by Malleni-Stock
Background (Balcony):
 HERE by BrokenWing3dStock
Background (Stone steps):
 HERE by Inadesign-Stock
Background (Tree): HERE by mysticmorning
Background (Another tree): HERE by GoblinStock
Background (Bridge): HERE by fa-stock
Background (Bamboo part 1): HERE by chamberstock
Background (Bamboo part 2): HERE by Not4Lovers
Background (Japanese House): HERE by AreteStock
Background (Waterfall):
 HERE by Momotte2stocks
Background (Grassy-moss covered wall): HERE by D-O-R-I-A-N
Background (Mushroom wall fungi): HERE by Malleni-Stock
Middleground (Pond/waterfall part 1): HERE by FairieGoodMother
Middleground (Pond/waterfall part 2):
 HERE by FairieGoodMother
Middleground (Pond/waterfall part 3): HERE by Eirian-stock
Middleground (Pond/waterfall part 4): HERE by FairieGoodMother
Middleground (Extra shrubbery): HERE by HermitCrabStock
Middleground (Large Waterfall part 1):
 HERE by Ladydragontl-Stock
Middleground (Large Waterfall part 2): HERE by Ladydragontl-Stock
Middleground (Large Waterfall part 3): HERE by raindroppe
Middleground (Large Waterfall part 4): HERE by Ladydragontl-Stock
Middleground (Miniature kingdom): HERE by FairieGoodMother
Middleground (Stone steps and shrubbery): HERE by Ghost-Stock
Middleground (Stone steps and pond): HERE by Alienesse-Stock
Middleground (Lamp Posts):
 HERE by E-DinaPhotoArt
Middleground (Stepping stones): HERE by zememz
Faery Wings 1: HERE by frozenstocks
Crystal (Middleground, the faery): HERE by Enchantedgal-Stock
Faery Wings 2: HERE by Meltys-stock
Light brushes: HERE by redheadstock
Butterfly brushes:
 HERE by redheadstock
Key:
 HERE by simfonic
Hair Stock: HERE by CindysArt
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Goddess by N-arteest
Goddess
Random Manipulation!

Credits
Model: Here by Mirish
Pillar: Here by little-spacey
Ocean 1: Here by 
Ocean 2: Here by Enchantedgal-Stock 
Ocean 3: Here by 8thwonder-Stock
Sky: Here by fa-stock
Ocean 4: Here by Malleni-Stock
Water Brushes: Here 
Flutter material: Here by geoectomy-stock
Dolphin 1: Here by wolverine041269
Dolphin 2: Here by Momotte2stocks
Ray beams: Here by redheadstock
Jewellery 1: Here by LilyStox
Jewellery 2: Here by LilyStox
Hair Stock: Here by CindysArt
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Which Way Alice by N-arteest
Which Way Alice
This is a photomanipulation, which, were I much better at painting with a brush and a canvas, I would have love to do by hand (but alas, I am not good at all with a brush, lack the patience and skill to do it by hand, and do not think a finelined version would be worthy, thus, I went to my trusty laptop, opened up photoshop and decided to go from there).  Although I called this 'Which Way Alice' this one isn't really an 'Alice in Wonderland' scene.  But rather, it's based on the idea of Alice in Wonderland, and grew to be something else entirely.  

When I started out with this, I began with two thoughts:
1) An Alice image, a girl in wonderland.
2) An image about a girl who has a number of choices in front of her, all looking decidedly positive and good..  But which one is the right one?  

For more details about the Work In Progress as well as my thought processes when it came to its creationg and my own opinion, I wrote about it on my blog while writing about something else!  wordsthatflowlikewater.wordpre…

I had a thought of making this available as a print, but as I've never before wanted something printed, I don't know.  But maybe, if I get enough views, I seek out the necessary permissions and make this available as a print.  As for now!  This has been made as a 1366x768 sized wallpaper (and of which is currently set as my laptop wallpaper, as I've mentioned previously, I love being able to make my own wallpapers and really loving them too).  Hmm I'd actually love to have this as a jigsaw puzzle lol.  Maybe one day, for my kids if I ever have any! Haha.

Of course, I could still improve on this!  But this is the first time I've done something so detailed in terms of photomanipulation.  I never thought I could, but well!


Credits: (This couldn't have been done without these beautiful, magnificient resources!)

Model:
HERE by Kechake-stock
Hair: HERE by CindysArt 
Chicken: HERE by danielle
Barn Owl: HERE by MAKY-OREL
Stag: HERE by MAKY-OREL
Doe(s): HERE by MAKY-OREL
Lamp Post: HERE by kuschelirmel-stock
Sign: 
HERE by DoloresMinette
Background (Rock): HERE by wintersmagicstock
Background (Moss on Rocks): 
HERE by leeorr-stock
Background (Labyrinth): HERE by kuschelirmel-stock 
Background (Graveyard Scene 1--background): HERE by Einheit00
Background (Graveyard Scene 3--foreground): HERE by Ange1ica-Stock
Background (Graveyard Scene Grim): HERE by Dragoroth-stock
Background (Weird Door In the Forest -- door): HERE by MirandaRose-Stock
Background (Weird Door In the Forest -- Environment): HERE by MirandaRose-Stock 
Background (Lake scene--background): HERE by Einheit00
Background (Lake scene --middle ground): HERE by WakefieldDesigns
Background (Lake scene--midde ground--water reflection):  HERE by Sed-rah-Stock
Background (Lake scene--middle ground--bridge):  
HERE by MirandaRose-Stock 
Background (Lake scene--far right next to the archway): HERE by Malleni-Stock
Background (Lake scene--foreground, mini waterfall): 
HERE by  GoblinStock
Background (Lake scene--foreground--puddle of water): Made in photoshop by me.
Background (Staircase): HERE by mirengraphics
Background (Archways 1): 
HERE by WelshDragonStockNArt
Background (Archways 2): 
HERE by NickiStock
Background (Stars): 
HERE by  kuschelirmel-stock 
Background (Grass): HERE by zememz
Background (Angel 1): 
HERE by DemoncherryStock
Background (Angel 2): HERE by AshenSorrow
Background (Angel 3): 
HERE by AshenSorrow
Background (Clearing): 
HERE by MGB-Stock
Background (Sunset): HERE by MissyStock
Ivy 1: HERE by gd08
Ivy 2: HERE by gd08
Mushrooms:  HERE by mrscats
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FYI I am not abandoning this project, it's just on temporary hiatus.  It seems I have burnt out my inspiration and desire to compose the minor arcana.  Everything looks unpleasant and gross.  So I decided to put it on hold until I get more inspired.  It's a big series after all.  Not to mention, I'm not happy with the Page of Cups and the Queen of Cups I've already finished.

On the other hand, I have been trying some other things.  Truthfully I didn't want to do another pisces so soon, but in the end, it seems to be what I did.  This time though, it's a photomanipulation concept.  Unfortunately, I feel like I it could be reworked, yet at the same time I kind of like what I've done.  But yes!  That's the update for now!

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N-arteest
Nina
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Art for me is something I only do in my free time. I admire the works that people create, the meanings behind the works created, and the effort artists put into creating them. I usually prefer using a fineliner only to create many interesting effects but I also highly enjoy working in photoshop designing and experimenting with layers upon layers to create different effects.
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Beautiful! 
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Thank you!!!!! 
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Thanks for the fav!
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No problems, Loved it! :)
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Gorgeous as always! :happybounce: 
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