Selene and Eos Picture

Selene & Eos

This was inspired by Let's Play The Similar, But Different Game!, hosted by ManipulateThis.

I selected Embracing the Autumn Sun, by marphilhearts, for the motif of embracing the light, when the light is decreasing, and the world is becoming colder and darker, as the winter solstice gets closer.

The backgrounds were adjusted to hide the roadway, to emphasize the wildness of the forest;

A different pose was used from the model series, with an exuberant expression;

The light sources were personified as Selene (The Moon) and Eos (Dawn), when they meet at sunrise;

The original used brushes in Photoshop; since PSE crashes on my computer, I used the airbrush in Sketchbook Pro;

Stars were added with a low opacity glow filter, as ethereal ephemera;

Flowers, grasses, and ferns were added to the foreground;

A heavier tree trunk was added, in the background, to suggest an Ancient Oak, with its magical associations;

The wings were enlarged, partly due to the model’s different pose;

Butterflies were added, waking up with the dawn, from their evening cluster;

The colourful autumn setting was given greater shading, using fill layers, with varied light sources, to show the change in time from around 11 a.m. to about 5 a.m, when The Moon and Dawn pass each other, before sunrise.

The Game:

Take A Completed Photomanipulation Created By Another Artist And Recreate It Using All Or Some Of The Same Stock And Resources, Adding New Stock And Resources, To Create A New Photomanipulation That Is Similar, But Different .

Game Piece:

Embracing the Autumn Sun, by marphilhearts

And, thanks to all the Stock Artists.


Stock Resources:

Eos (Dawn): Crimson stock 1 (Replacing, Crimson stock 2, from the same series), by Tris-Marie (Model: Tris-Marie)
With, Wings by KymsCave-Stock
Autumn Stock 6 by CindysArt-Stock
Autumn 9 by kuschelirmel-stock
Autumn Stock 9 by cat-woman-amy--stock

And, adding:

Selene: Goddess - 4, by mjranum-stock Model: Courtney, (Sinned-angel-stock).

With, Butterfly Specimen 5, by chamberstock

outer space trip 08, by brujo

Fern 07, by wolverine041269

Fern 06, by wolverine041269

BJ Floral Back2, by JunkbyJen

Random Texture, by MGB-Stock

Set (2), by Free-Stock-By-Wayne

Huge Tree Stock 2, by MirandaRose-Stock

Starfield Stock, by dadrian

outer space trip 08, by brujo

Big Lens And Optical Flare Collection, by daWIIZ

Moon, by TinaLouiseUk

FOG/CLOUDS PNG, by Moonglowlilly



[1] Selene in Greek mythology is the goddess of the moon. She is the daughter of the Titans Hyperion and Theia, and sister of the sun-god Helios, and Eos, goddess of the dawn.

[2] Eos in Greek mythology, is a Titaness and the goddess[1]of the dawn, who rose each morning from her home at the edge of theOceanus.

Eos had a brother and a sister, Helios, god of the sun, and Selene, goddess of the moon.

[3] An oak is a tree or shrub in the genus Quercus, in the beech family, Fagaceae.

There are approximately 600 extant species of oaks. It is native to the Northern Hemisphere, and includes deciduous andevergreen species extending from cool temperate to tropical latitudes in the Americas, Asia, Europe, and North Africa.

[4] In Celtic lore, the oak is considered a storehouse of wisdom. The Ancient Celts honored the tree for its endurance, and noble presence.

Indeed, wearing oak leaves was a sign of special status among the Celts (as well as ancient Greeks and Romans).

Renditions of the "Green Man/ Woman"* is an evolution of lore that dates back to nature cults, in which the regal power of the oak was recognized and honored.

[*As seen in Hamadryad- A Green Girl made for the Green Man/Earth Woman Challenge, sponsored by ManipulateThis.]

[5] Monarch butterfliesmigrations across North America have been called “one of the most spectacular natural phenomena in the world".[1]

During the migration they will group together at Roosting sites and then at overwintering sites.


I wanted to revisit Embracing the Autumn Sun, by marphilhearts, after my first attempt in Pandora Relents, combined this with Spring, by Lora-Vysotskaya, which is not allowed: since, only one (1) game piece may be used.

Still working on getting the lighting right.

Curiously, continuing the Greek Mythology theme.

Nota Bene:
The model for Selene, (Goddess - 4, by mjranum-stock), Courtney, (Sinned-angel-stock), has a GoFundMe: Courtney Page, for a medical appliance she needs. Hopefully, she finds the help she needs.

Listening to:

The Woods - (Official Music Video) | Gardiner Sisters, Gardiner Sisters

Arn Andersson - Dawn (Beautiful Orchestral)(C21FX) - YouTube


Since oak groves traditionally represent sacred energy and wisdom, maybe the declining oak populations mirror the apparent precipitous decline in sagacity, in the world.

Please, plant oaks and Milkweed, anywhere you have the chance, as quickly as possible.

Keep your cool. (I lost mine last week; and, not sure where I put it.)


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