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It seems like I've been gone from here forever. I had a long summer. My cat almost died, and then I had to put down my beloved Honey dog due to increasing Alzheimer's. It was tough. In the process of a lot of caretaking, and my own tendinitis injuries, I spent most of my extra time escaping into the adventurous new world of Second Life and developed somewhat of an obsession. I had tried the software years ago, but didn't realize how vast it had all become. I hope you will join me there sometime.

I had the honor of watching e-brink build a gorgeous space for artists while he set up a seaside gallery. It was so healing for me to be there. And where else could you rent a gallery for about a dollar a week and enjoy the ocean breezes, hear the gulls, watch the sunsets? He has many plans for the area, and it's a truly magical place. So, if you think you might enjoy showing your art work there read his newsletter on his Web site. He still has galleries available for rent.

I'm in and out, but wanted to say I haven't forgotten you. I will be back, but it may be a while before I can catch up with all your wonderful work. My cat Hiboux (my avatar) is still wavering with pancreatitis and I only have so many hours in the day.

Thanks for looking and for any comments you care to offer. Sorry to have left with no word. I consider many of you my friends, so, I wanted to explain my absence. And I also need to start working on my art again.

Daz Studio and Artmatic Pro, Filter Forge,
the dress is free by Chohole
September 17, 2010
Mixed Medium
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Sep 17, 2010 11:56:53 pm
A really fabulous piece of work!!! Excellently done in every way! Nice to see you back! :)

by alessimarco Homepage »

Sep 17, 2010 11:58:26 pm
Cathy, you really did a splendid job on this lovely image. It's such a delight to see you after such a long time and I enjoyed reading what you have been up to. So sorry to hear about your cat being sick and the news of having to put down your beloved Honey dog broke my heart. I'll keep you in my prayers.

by magnus073 Homepage »

Sep 18, 2010 12:51:46 am
This is excellent, character, pose, decor! bravo!

by odile Homepage »

Sep 18, 2010 1:02:36 am

by anitalee Homepage »

Sep 18, 2010 2:16:06 am
I love the colors. Great work

by stonelight Homepage »

Sep 18, 2010 3:16:54 am
This indeed looks like a visit to the bayou
Mahap she is a voodoo queen looking for the man to bring her herbs so she work her mojo on and my vivid imagination
That is why I wanr to write a book......I have great ideas..just can't get past the first plot..or image.......and never can figure out he said she said things LOL
I would indeed have a lot of things to learn........I have Poser but clueless as to how to use it..........and have Bryce 5 but clueless on how to do those too...\
wish there was someplace on the net one could learn a nice good art class.....
until then will just stay content with my pics I suppose...
Glad to see you back...and don't stay gone so long this time ya hear? LOL????
Love the image sweetie
So sorry to hear about your kitten.......that is heartbreaking...bless your heart....and hate to hear your dog is have trouble as well
My Winston had a spell tonight........he gets one every once in awhile...the last one was around Thanksgiving........I got some Pedialyte at the drug store and give him a big dropper full of it.........and he comes right out of it.
I am think maybe he is a dieabetic scares me to death he is gonna die......he shakes I am shaking giving it too him..don't know who is worse me or the dog LOL
Love the image sweetie
I have up a couple of new ones......drop by....and you can catch up on my health...........
This is a fav with me
Sorry for the rambling and leaving you a novel:) ROFLMAO
Hugs n love

by Blush Homepage »

Sep 18, 2010 4:43:41 am
beautiful character portrait - great scene and pov!

by necrophage Homepage »

Sep 18, 2010 11:11:22 am
Soft and beautiful! Nice render.

by SSAfam1 Homepage »

Sep 18, 2010 11:53:28 am
wonderful image

by Thetis Homepage »

Sep 18, 2010 11:55:45 am
Glad to see you back. I feel sorry for your cat and for Honey. This image is really excellent!

by tulipe Homepage »

Sep 18, 2010 2:42:38 pm
it is good to hear from you again. hope you can be back real soon. but your family takes first place, by family i also mean your pets. so sorry about your loss of your beloved honey and the problems with your beloved cat. hope he can get better real soon. will see you when all is better and your health is better also.

by redflame Homepage »

Sep 18, 2010 6:20:45 pm
Wonderful render here, a gorgeous image, pose and expression, loved her dress! I'm very glad to see you posting my friend, crap happens and I'm sorry that you have been on a downturn as of late. We all understand when RLthings need some attention take care and came when you can!

by mgtcs Homepage »

Sep 18, 2010 6:49:12 pm
I love how this art piece looks. A beautiful southern belle. Excellent piece of work.

by magichild2 Homepage »

Sep 19, 2010 12:35:11 am
Oh Cathy, I'm so sorry to read that Honey is gone! I know how your heart must be aching. She had a wonderful life with you, she was so well loved, and she gave you just as much love back.
Pancreatitis can be lived with once you find a diet for Hiboux that she will eat and that her body can work with, it won't be so hard. Murphy also has to deal with pancreatitis, and we've finally gotten his lipids lower with diet and meds.
I hope your winter will be much calmer then your summer has been.

I love this scene .. I'm thinking Voodoo priestess too, waiting and watching to see if her spells are effective or not. You've created this scene is such a beautiful manner!

by three_grrr Homepage »

Sep 19, 2010 3:42:12 am
What a pleasure to see new artwork from your fertile imagination... I've really missed your wonderful design skills, which are clearly still in the top echelon despite your long layoff. Mysterious, evocative, and very beautiful work, Cathy.

I was thinking about you just this week, wondering what had become of you. I'm so sorry to hear about Honey - I know how you feel, as we recently had to put down one of our cats, and his sister is showing increasing signs of dementia...

Hang in there, sort out your tendonitis and get back onto the dance floor :o) I'm not sure I'll see you in Second Life, fascinating as it sounds - I don't have time to do everything I want to do in First Life right now!

by faroutsider Homepage »

Sep 19, 2010 10:36:17 am
Wonderful comments, and I too am deeply sorry about the loss of dear Honey, and the struggles for Hiboux. And your tendinitis. But it's great to see you back, if even for one visit. I know this is for your Second Life work, but you have to know that it's still replete with your reaching-back-into-memory qualities, your sense of the mystery of things everywhere, your literary sense (the woman here feels like she's out of any number of famous novels), and---as Craig says---your design skills & sensibilities. The boughs on top caress the woman & show your design sense immediately (the way they're configured around her head, they way cross through her left arm---counterpoint---etc). The clouds seem painted on with actual paint. The grasses are almost "thought" on, adding to the sense of dream here, and of memory. And you have touches of gold and violet (the hue) which make one feel there is a deep life hidden in here, which may be in the woman or something she may be seeking. And the woman seems multi-racial, true to that region of the US, but also symbolic of a global age. And she is quietly seeking beyond the picture itself. Subtle and inward, and gentle too. And like all your work, both multi-layered and with your usual absolute design sense. I'd love to see what you do as you expand images like this. And how they fit into the complex world of Second Life, which I'm still starting to understand. I think if people had to characterize the bayou, this image would capture many of the characteristics that would come into their minds...delicate & inward as always.

by anahata.c Homepage »

Sep 19, 2010 7:33:48 pm
Welcome back! Great to see new work from you. Quite a beautiful piece it is too. Love everything about it. Wonder what she's searching for...
Sorry to hear about Honey. Here's hoping that you have a much better fall/winter than your summer, although the trip to e-brinks gallery sounds inspiring. All the best...

by popeslattz Homepage »

Sep 19, 2010 7:58:40 pm
Beautiful work! I hope that things will flow smoothly for your in the days to come.

by amota99517 Homepage »

Sep 19, 2010 11:24:03 pm
Sorry for your cat and for Honey. Hope things will get better.

by jascorpio Homepage »

Sep 20, 2010 1:40:25 am
Splendid artwork my friend ! Life can be tough sometimes. I know how you feel. My dog died a month ago and I'm still crying when I cross dogs in the streets. Only time can take the pain away, only leaving good memories. Big Hugs !!

by Zazou Homepage »

Sep 23, 2010 4:06:35 pm
Wonderful character and pose! Well done!

by SIGMAWORLD Homepage »

Sep 23, 2010 9:36:27 pm
What a joy to see you back! I am so sorry to hear about Honey and Hiboux. I hope Hiboux can recover soon.

This scene is extraordinary. I love the pose, the POV and the lighting is just exceptional.

by psyoshida Homepage »

Sep 30, 2010 9:31:58 am
nice to see a piece from U...this is restful in palette, elegant and beautifully done

by Jollyself Homepage »

Nov 20, 2010 7:27:04 am
This is staggeringly beautiful, Cathy. I am in hospital as you know, but managed to get connected for a while. More later.

by e-brink Homepage »

Nov 26, 2010 12:20:03 pm
Beautiful and cute lady. Very nice style.

by M2A Homepage »


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