Parched Portrait

© Laura E. Swan

Parched Portrait

Chris Ebben 11/18/2012 12:40:09 AM

Isn't it a rare masterpiece!! I know you are just kidding, I can pick them straight off. Good to see you starting to get back on to BP, you must be feeling a bit better. Good work here=^..^= #1498988

Mary K. Robison 11/18/2012 2:03:25 AM

You are having WAAAY too much fun with various versions of this SP, Pom! The scroll framing is cool, and I want that hat(?) ~ such a pretty aquamarine color! #10423688

Kirsten Kiki Kjaer 11/18/2012 4:23:38 AM

Actually I was thinking Rembrandt, Sister.
It's so good to see you work again.
BP is just not the same without your artwork.
I really love this one and I have a strong feeling I'll be seeing it among the winners next month.
WTG - in Danish: Godt gaaet!! #10423759

Stephen Zacker 11/18/2012 6:17:02 AM

You are very talented at making these, and you have a great subject #10423904

Monnie Ryan 11/18/2012 6:35:03 AM

Super work, Laura (of course, you had a lovely subject to work with...)! #10423950

John Connolly 11/18/2012 12:42:37 PM

It is really great to see you back on BP again Sister Swanee! I trust you are improving as each day goes by!
This is a stunning presentation, you have produced a super DD presentation here! #10424332

Patricia A. Casey 11/18/2012 12:44:15 PM

Wonderful Laura......very talented with the filters. Plus as mentioned helps to have a very beautiful model (Tee Hee....but seriously).....Hugs #10424337

Laura L. Gonzales 11/18/2012 4:24:03 PM

Wow Em, fantastic treatment!! I just love your DD work, you are so brilliant!! Beautiful too lovely lady!! Awesome work. You are the master whiz kid:) #10424616

Neal D. Hatcher 11/18/2012 5:07:15 PM

Beautiful work has to start with the model #10424664

Stefania Barbier 11/19/2012 1:21:56 AM

gorgeous SP and DD work! #10424882

Wm Nosal 11/19/2012 8:39:01 AM

Beautiful Laura!
Great That Your On The Mend
and Back On BP #10425371

Carol L. Fowler 11/19/2012 4:52:28 PM

I think it is amazing that you resemble lots of people from ancient history- like the lady above. Time machine, or reincarnation??? #10425948

Carol L. Fowler 11/19/2012 4:52:28 PM

I think it is amazing that you resemble lots of people from ancient history- like the lady above. Time machine, or reincarnation??? #10425949

Avril Young 11/20/2012 1:44:12 AM

think you belong in the castles that I photographed in the UK...wonderful capture and DD the saying goes...
YOU ROCK LAURA :) #10426284

Laura E. Swan 11/20/2012 3:21:06 AM

Thank you all so much. Lady Laura thanks you, too! :D

I am really enjoying your comments and feedback. #10426337

Anthony G. Comella 11/20/2012 12:19:00 PM

Super viewing - beautiful all around!!! #10427031

Reynaldo D. Reyes 11/20/2012 3:10:47 PM

Great revelation to open up a scroll and view this maiden as if from a fantasy story. There must indeed be a wonderful story behind this. So inspirational Laura. #10427197

Emile Abbott 11/21/2012 12:41:56 PM

You always do such unique and excellent DD work Laura. #10428349

Sherran Andersen 11/21/2012 10:44:28 PM

Very creative... how are you feeling Laura? #10428849

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna 11/27/2012 5:34:28 PM

You are so very artistic NL! Awesome work! :-) k #10435805

Laura E. Swan 12/27/2012 9:03:12 PM

Thank you Tony, Rey, Emile, Sherran and Miss NN!!! :D

I sure do appreciate your support!!! :)))

-Sis Laura (NL) #10481414

Stan Kwasniowski 12/27/2012 9:37:27 PM

Laura, congratulations #10481502

Neal D. Hatcher 12/27/2012 9:53:50 PM


Julianne Bradford 12/27/2012 9:58:10 PM

Congratulations Canadian kin..this is gorgeous! #10481574

Carol L. Fowler 12/27/2012 10:40:23 PM

Wonderful Finalist! Congrats #10481717

Sherran Andersen 12/27/2012 10:53:59 PM

Congrats Laura. #10481768

Nadia Paul 12/27/2012 10:59:58 PM

Congratulations on this beautiful finalist Laura! #10481799

Ann Coates 12/28/2012 12:37:20 AM

Thrilled to see this with a finalist badge Laura, congratulations. #10481991

Robert R. Goodman 12/28/2012 4:12:32 AM

Hi Laura,Congratulations on this beautiful finalist!!! #10482306

Tammy M. Anderson 12/28/2012 4:39:05 AM

Congrats on a beautiful SP finalist. #10482440

Wm Nosal 12/28/2012 6:43:23 AM

Congratulations, Laura! #10482878

Kirsten Kiki Kjaer 12/28/2012 6:46:35 AM

Yes Yes!! The queen is decorated with silver. Now all she needs is GOLD. This could make the big one, Sister. FANTASTIC portrait work. #10482888

Ken Smith 12/28/2012 6:58:55 AM

Awesome, Laura. Congrats on your finalist! #10482954

JO ANN CLEVELAND 12/28/2012 7:37:09 AM

Awesome Laura! Congratulations girl!

Don't know if you do any modeling for anybody besides on BP, but you definitely could be!

jo ann c. #10483143

Nancy L. Green 12/28/2012 7:52:09 AM

CONGRATULATIONS Laura on this AWESOME finalist, WTG!!! <>< #10483178

Emile Abbott 12/28/2012 8:02:47 AM

Congratulations on wonderful finalist, Laura #10483216

isabel C. Zepeda 12/28/2012 8:14:23 AM


Congratulations on your finalist

YSA... #10483258

Ellen Hodges 12/28/2012 9:14:39 AM

Huge congrats on a fab and gorgeous finalist, Laura!!! Best luck!! #10483468

Kathy Salerni 12/28/2012 9:23:53 AM

Huge congrats and good luck in the next round, Laura! #10483514

Bojan Bencic 12/28/2012 11:06:59 AM

It is a rare masterpiece, Laura. Congratulations on your finalist! #10484084

Tammy Espino 12/28/2012 11:22:33 AM

Congrats on your beautiful self and your finalist! :) #10484180

Anita Hogue 12/28/2012 12:05:04 PM

WOW, you are so talented as well as beautiful! Congratulations on this excellent image! #10484413

John Connolly 12/28/2012 12:22:06 PM

Congratulations Sister Swanee! All your hard work payed off with this one!
Huge Congratulations on your finalist! #10484529

Val Feldman 12/28/2012 1:33:17 PM

Who's that beautiful lady with the Mona Lisa smile?? :) As always, your resplendent creative talent, My Lady of the Woods, knows no bounds!! I bow in humbleness. Excellent Finalist, LOTW ! Carry on to the Gold!!! #10484755

Patrick Rouzes 12/28/2012 7:52:43 PM

Big congrats, Swanee!

Laura E. Swan 12/28/2012 11:30:33 PM

You guys are so good to me!!!

AND THANK YOU BP JUDGES!!! What an honor this is!

-Laura :D #10486183

Reynaldo D. Reyes 12/29/2012 12:33:12 AM

I'm sure glad the judges agree on this wonderful and deserving finalist Laura. Congratulations! #10486226

Laura L. Gonzales 12/29/2012 3:06:21 AM

Congratulations miss Emmy!! I knew this would be a winner!! The judges have a great eye, and so do you!!! Great work!!! :))))))))))))) #10486307

Patricia A. Casey 12/29/2012 8:38:02 AM

YAHOOOOOOO......CONGRATULATIONS MISS happy that this was selected......I'm hoping we all get to see it again with Gold! All the very best to you....Hugs....=^..^= #10486808

Amanda J. Tanner 12/29/2012 12:03:26 PM

Congratulations Laura A beautiful finalist! and so are you! #10487299

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna 12/29/2012 5:46:50 PM

WTG on the total awesomeness of this RARE MASTERPIECE! LOVE it, NL! :-) k #10488311

Laura E. Swan 12/30/2012 12:49:27 AM

Hi Rey, Laura Lee, Patricia, Amanda and NN!!!

I love reading your feedback and comments. I appreciate your support so much!!! (Jo Ann, that was very sweet to ask!)

Thanks again BP Judges! I'm honored!

-Laura #10488690

Laura E. Swan 12/30/2012 12:51:51 AM

(Mare, you can borrow my hat anytime you like!! -Pommy)

Douglas Perry 12/30/2012 11:35:44 AM

Mona Lisa smile and Congrats!!! #10489667

Mary K. Robison 12/31/2012 12:34:58 AM

Yay, Pom! The hat and you got credit due!
Congratulations on your beautiful SP becoming a Finalist! #10490662

Merna L. Nobile 1/3/2013 11:01:44 AM

January is a month of reflection for me, I remember how privileged I was to observe all the outstanding work and beautiful photographs of the past year. For the last time this year, I would be honored to congratulate you for your spectacular work and willingness to share with all of us, Happy New Year, Merna Nobile #10497462

Graham Robards 1/4/2013 2:38:27 AM

HA HA HA, I love the description, it goes wonderfully well with the hand painted portrait. Very funny and brilliant :-)

Lydia Williams 1/13/2013 1:16:35 PM

Hello Dear Laura,
Sorry I missed this finalist...I'm home now after about a month and a half in and out of the hospital...recuperating slowing...still very week...Need to get back to my BP friends. This is an awesome are so good...Hope all is well on your end me your work and you are masterpieces.. Love ya, Lydia #10513365

Douglas Perry 1/15/2013 7:02:40 AM

Yes my lady very well done. #10516173

Sharon Sawyer 1/23/2013 9:33:55 PM

Laura, belated congratulations on this fantastic finalist. I have another idea that you could do with this wonderful image. Take a photography of the Queen of Hearts and replace the faces with your face. I know you have the talent to do this and it would look so cool!!! After all.. you are BetterPhoto's Queen of Hearts :) #10531157

Sharon Sawyer 1/23/2013 10:08:52 PM

PS: that's the queen on a deck of cards if I wasn't clear with my suggestion. #10531261

Phillip R. Connolly 3/3/2013 9:26:15 PM

I haven't been on very much myself of late, Laura......but I couldn't let this SP go without comment when I saw it! A great piece of DD work here! Well done!

Phil #10595450

Laura E. Swan 3/3/2013 9:44:56 PM

Goodness! I have been remiss in commenting on this thread!

Hi Evervyone!!! Thank You:

Mr. Tree
Big Sis Pat!
Big Sis Lydia
Mr. Tree again
Sharon and

You guys are the best! I had fun making this one (Mr. Tree do you remember "Mona Laura" from a couple of years back??? HeeHee...and Mare, in my school year book I was known a the Hat lady.... Big Sis Pat I love your sense of humor, too! :) Lydia as you know we are all so happy you are better. Thank goodness for modern medicine!!! :) xoxoxo Sharon if I do a queen of hearts I will dedicate it to you! And last but not least, Phil, Thank You! What a nice thing to do and say!)

-Laura :D

I had fun making this one #10595460

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In The Days of The
It Was A Rarity To Open A Scroll Such As This
And See A Hand Painted Portrait.

I Suppose That Is Why This One
Had To Be Made With The
Smart Photo Editor Instead!
(Silly You!) HeeHee

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f 2.8, 1/60

Exif: F Number: 2.8, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/60 seconds, Flash: did not fire, auto mode, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 4.60 mm, Model: Canon PowerShot SD800 IS

Uploaded on 11/17/2012 11:33:40 PM Photo Contest Finalist

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