A Novel Past

© Charlene Taylor

A Novel Past

Uploaded: March 02, 2006


Base picture one I took a long time ago. There was too much light on the front corner of the desk, I went back to retake picture and the scene no longer existed so this is a combination of many pictures made into tubes and put together to make 1. The funky flowers were lifted from my Printmaster program and though I could have used something else I felt they somehow belonged. Then I did a Depth script on the whole picture.
Any and all critiques welcomed. Thanks


Lynne R March 02, 2006

This is awesome, Charlene! What a creative and artistic idea. Great title, too. #401693

Charlene Taylor March 02, 2006

Thanks you so much Lynne! #2487950

Shelly A. Van Camp level-classic March 02, 2006

Beautiful and well done...great colors and looks very artistic as said above. #2488045

Gary Lange March 02, 2006

No matter how you did it, this is just awesome, Charlene! Do you give PS lessons, lol. Great work in reconstruction. #2488061

Charlene Taylor March 02, 2006

Thanks so much Shelly and Gary. #2489065

Wendy Stevenson March 02, 2006

Char you did an amazing job on this!! If I remember right I think I saw that typewriter on desk image many moons ago:-) I love the effects and all your additions are just perfect!! #2489317

Charlene Taylor March 02, 2006

Thanks so much Wendy! #2489596

Janine Russell level-deluxe March 02, 2006

Charlene, very nice composition, details and effects. #2490003

Tamera S. Phillips March 03, 2006

Your hard work paid off - what a great shot. I really like the depth. #2491396

Charlene Taylor March 03, 2006

Thanks so much Janine and Tamera. #2492046

Nadya Johnson March 06, 2006

Charlene, this is stupendous! Love this photo! A perfect combination here - the subject matter, the treatment, the light, everything "Works" with a capital W. Once again, terms I'm not familiar with (Depth script??) but whatever avenue you took, you achieved a wonderful result! #2502314

Wendy Stevenson April 25, 2006

WTG Char - love this finalist!!! Congratulations!! #2687771

Karen Chappell April 25, 2006

Congratulations on another excellent finalist! #2687906

Bill Merlavage April 25, 2006

Very cool Charlene, good luck with this one. #2689671

eileen bedford June 10, 2006

Very nice job, you do great work. #2879589

Steve M. Harrington June 28, 2006

Hi Charlene. I really like this image. In particular, I like the texture and the way the image "loads up" on the right. I think the flower is vital: it holds the composition together. Steve #2961275

Diana L. Ralph June 28, 2006

I love the way you created a wonderful piece of art from this photograph. It's absolutely wonderful! #2961964

Charlene Taylor June 28, 2006

Thanks so much Nadya, Wendy, Karen, Bill, Eileen, Steve and Diana. I'm terrible sorry I'm so behind here. I think I'll use this when I have my novel published. ;)))) #2962045

Kathy L. Clark November 15, 2007

Wow Char this is really cool. Great old timey look and fablous light. It reminds me of my writing desk. #5078355

Charlene Taylor November 16, 2007

Hi Kathy,
Thank you so much for your wonderful comment!! #5081680

Bonnie C. Lackey December 13, 2007

I just enjoyed a stroll thru your gallery and fell in love with this. From all the crumpled sheets of paper, the flowers, and the fan to that full ashtray, this is so rich in believable details. Wonderful treatment, too! #5205099

Charlene Taylor December 13, 2007

Hi Bonnie,
Thank you so much for your wonderful comment on this picture! I spent a very long time putting this one together. #5205115

Jennie A. Dillman February 02, 2008


Charlene Taylor February 03, 2008

Hi Jennie,
Thank you so much for your wonderful comment!! #5436175

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