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If you have found this art anywhere that you think it could be stolen - please let me know at my art account here:

*Updating due to the fact that this has been stolen over a 100 times -- yesterday finally got a well known music group to credit me and use the right picture -- they had re-edited my version and was using it in connection with their music. Fortunately, it had a happy ending - we made friends and they are allowed to continue to use this as long as my link and watermark are there.
If anyone sees this image being used in the way I edited it, please let me know.... (i.e., if they re-manipped it, etc... or using without a link or copyright).
The theft on this piece has gotten so bad that people have taken to painting it and then selling it gift shops.
Latest one seen in Melbourne, Australia.
so frustrating

I'd like to start my day like this... :)

all stock purchased - some of the clouds are my own pics taken here in San Clemente. ;-)

hair painted and brushes used: :iconlpdragonfly:

The link to original photo is here:…

I purchased two extended licenses
one from dreamstime and fotolia (i had forgotten i had purchased it already at fotolia when i bought at dreamstime. lol)

I tried to take an already great photo and add dramatic contrast. I wish I had taken the photo.

Let me give you some background on this piece

Now let me start by saying this - I did this piece when I found out my grandmother was going into the hospital - my husband gone out of state on a job that took him three weeks out of the month - with me home with the four kids.
I loved the image and thought a lot more contrast and color could be added.
I wanted to make it really more dramatic.
So I had taken a bunch of my own clouds photos (i'm a cloud nut) and added a bunch of overlays - some texture too.
Added birds (which everyone criticized at first because they were a bit transparent - oh well.. Then painted some hair - and then final colors and tones.
I did it more for me...a personal piece. When I uploaded it - it went berzerko and I didn't know why - I still don't. But people like the changes I made. I'm sorry if I didn't build it all piece by piece - if you go thru my gallery, you'll see many more pieces that I did do a LOT too -
Sometimes only a few things are needed to make one picture completely change in feeling. I hope I achieved that with this piece. With art, it can be a subtle change that gives an entire new meaning and feeling - evoking a whole new set of emotions.

I honestly didn't think it would gain the popularity it did. But I think a lot of people wish they could wake up feeling like this - I know I do.
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mecengineer Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017
gaziulqini Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2015
I like this photo and I dont want to steal it so please give me permission to use it on a book cover ( THNX
WhimsicalBlue Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Such a wonderful work!!
Kibblywibbly Featured By Owner May 7, 2015
Such a beautiful and inspiring image.  Makes me smileBlue Flower Heart - Free to use 
Mirtika Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014
This is joyful..makes me feel good. Thank you.
jbkaplan Featured By Owner May 19, 2014
Dear PhatPuppy,
Hello my name is Jenifer Kaplan.  I am so happy that I found you.  I fell in love with your image of the dancer leaping over the water with the birds carrying her.  I was wondering if I could have permission to use it as a logo for my company that i am starting.  I am not a major corporation, just starting out.  But this image speaks volumes to what I want my company to be about.  A leap of faith and trusting your destiny as I see it.  I understand that of course I may need to sign a signatory or legal under permission agreement.  Are you selling this image uniquly to this site and do you have exclusivity to sell this image?  I hoping that you own rights to this image.  I would want to use it as a proprietary image for my logo.  Please advise and thank you in advance. you can email me at:
IMPERIVMSS Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
I dont want to steal it so please give me permission to use it on a video. ok
phatpuppy Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
sorry - but it is being used already by an author.... thank you though for asking.
biosferaeterna Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
WooW exellent !!!! i love this pic ! <3
starlight2infinity Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013
:wow: love this one :clap::rose:
AlexiaJane Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
printsILike Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Stunning :love:
NoOrdinaryGirl1234 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Simply Beautiful!
theheek Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
i wish i could every morning
twinbed Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
hey i was wondering if i could use this picture for my playlist on 8tracks?
mercysoul Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I love it .. so free
EdwardRobinGoss Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012
I think this is a stunning image just added to my favs.
EmaanDesigning Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012
timpson77 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
found your art here: [link]
timpson77 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
123boocatdog Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
there is so cool. Reminds me of freedom
kimmig2000 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is amazing!! Wow I love it!
Smudgersart Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Luv it
MMSmith1777 Featured By Owner May 22, 2012
Incredible, all of it!! I saw the picture and was very impressed, then moved on to reading of it..... O__O Amazing! Horrifying! You could write a novel about it!

A great work of art and an inspiration. :heart:
Dalores Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
Hi Dalores, I added this photo to my blog "Mad About Red" [link] and gave you credit and linked it to here. Please let me know asap if that's not ok. My email Thanks!
ultimatede Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
I really enjoy this picture, it speaks of such freedom. Awesome work
MeFlyingFree Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
Beautiful work, Claudia!! :heart:
vampiregurly Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
i LOVE this!!!!!!
BecauseNevada Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
So beautiful!!
arashinokisu Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
wow this is amazing!
Montieze Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Student Filmographer
Beautiful! It looks like she's flying... without wings =D
cadmiumdreams Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
lovely absolutely stunning well done.
SammyyT Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful! It's absolutely stunning! Her pose is ever-so elegant yet very striking! I love it! :dalove: Great job! :clap:
Voyager-I Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
I feel like that when the sun comes up in the morning! woohoo
prettyflour Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This has been featured in my journal!

moniqueku Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I absolutely LOVE this piece! Somehow it's very uplifting. Great job creating such an emotional experience.
Egil21 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011
Featured :heart: [link]

:iconthefavouriteshowcase: Thank you for being a member!
Augenss Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Hobbyist
wowowowowowow !!!
fireonthemtn Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
people are stupid sometimes... YOU ARE GENIUS...thanks for keeping that one on here... i dance so i really appreciate the work!!
morningstarskid Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:heart:.....Hello my friend!
sChMoLiE Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011
awesome :heart:
mmuch Featured By Owner May 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
So beautiful! This work is full of energy an optimistic. Love it. :3
ILikeRandomness Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
phatpuppy Featured By Owner May 7, 2011
Thank you!
akmal74 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011
very good
wheres-gezza Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
amazing !!
poisonappleltd Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ooohhh uploaded on my bday hehehe.... amazing theft is a big crime!and i hate ppl who do that glad you got some reg in the end! love the clouds too!
phatpuppy Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011
Thank you!
poisonappleltd Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hahaha np
mertonparrish Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011
Wow... astonishingly beautiful!
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July 23, 2009
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Date Taken
Nov 22, 2006, 5:13:34 PM
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