Underwater Mermaid

This mermaid image took about 10 hours to complete (not counting the actual stock shooting!).  It was so much fine to design. I was inspired by a Tara Lesher image that I saw and wanted something similar for my own little girl.  I have been having so much fun working on these digital composites as a last hurrah before school starts.

Here is the link to my inspiration:  https://www.facebook.com/TaraLesherPhotography/photos/a.351951508268333.1073741862.231942250269260/1028118023985008/?type=3&theater

Here is the storyboard of all the different elements I used to craft this scene:

Homeschooling mama to 4 amazing kids and part time professional photographer.

Big Creature Small Creature


When I was a little girl, my mom always played this 8 Track (yep…aging myself here) by The Hawaiins.  They had a song on there that I loved as a child.  I recall the lyrics were something like this.

Big creature small creature anywhere you are creature come now and praise the Lord.  Sing praise to the Father.  Sing praise to the Son.  Sing praise to the Spirit, who makes all creatures one.  Sing praise for the goodness, of what the Lord has done.  Let all creatures praise, praise the Lord.

I thought of this song when I put my small creature with a big creature in a bathtub.

Homeschooling mama to 4 amazing kids and part time professional photographer.

Bubblin Over


(I named this piece after a song my Aunt Beck used to sing with me when I was a little girl.  “Jesus love is a bubblin over.  Jesus love is in my soul.”  She would repeat this part over and over and I would sing underneath her “Bubblin Over Bubblin Over  Bubblin Over”.  We used to loved to sing together.  I miss her so much.)

A couple of weeks ago I was having girl time with my amazing friend Erin McFarland. I was lamenting about how home school, business, household responsibilities, life in general…were all derailing my creativity and ability to capture the images of my own children that I wanted. All this creates anxiety when every single moment they are getting older! You can’t redo it. Erin mentioned that I hadn’t done composite work in a very long time and that I used to really love that. I realized it has been five years since I worked on an art project. After this conversation I spend a good amount of time considering my situation and it occurred to me that if I could AT LEAST capture the story on a white screen in my home, then I could later (even 10 years from now), build my art project around it. So this week I made a list of ideas and took all kinds of stock images of Tori and Troy so that eventually I can create the stories I see. I can’t even begin to express how much stress was lifted the moment those captures were done! I have those shots now and if I can’t touch them for years…I HAVE THEM! Yay! Of course, now that I have them, I am anxious to get started and school doesn’t start for about 1.5 weeks so that gives me a little time. Win!

This first Live Loved Art piece is of my 9 year old daughter Tori. She has loved mermaids for a good long time now so I knew I needed to create several stories around them. This is just one of many mermaid composites I intend to create.

These projects take many hours and are a real investment of heart and time. Bringing all the elements together blending both fantasy and realism is a tricky process.

Hopefully, I will begin adding to this collection real soon as I love creative art and the keepsake pieces that I am curating of my own children.

Homeschooling mama to 4 amazing kids and part time professional photographer.