The desert would have been deafeningly silent if it hadn't been for the steady crunching of sand underneath Naomi's paws, which acted as a metronome for her heavy breathing and speeding heart. The rhythm was almost hypnotic. Naomi tended to lose herself in these late afternoon jogs, allowing her mind to wander to every corner of Africa and back. Today, however, was a swelteringly hot day, and Naomi felt as though her mind was stuck; she could feel her throat drying; her body ached for water. She knew of an oasis nearby that would do the trick. She quickly veered to the right and pushed on. Despite her discomfort, she loved to push herself to her limits. She found an odd thrill in it. Suddenly, the rolling sand dunes of the desert sank in to a deep green pool of water, surrounded by brush, reeds and palm trees. She slowed to a trot as the dune steepened, and soon was met with the sheer delight of cool water surrounding her tired paws. She sighed in relief and bowed her head, treating herself to a long drink of water. In that moment she'd never tasted anything sweeter. Slowly, she raised her head and scanned the horizon, then let her eyes rest on the rippling water in front of her. There was a gentle ebb and flow, and the water slowly turned from green to a deep sapphire. Naomi's mouth curved into a gently sloped smile, taking in the salty air and cool mist rising from the sea. There were no more reeds, no algae-filled pool, no blistering heat... only miles and miles of sea and sky. She took in the beach scene only too happily. Oh, how she had longed to feel the wave-eroded sand under her feet, as opposed to the hard desert crystals she had grown accustomed to. Suddenly the scene shifted to one of nostalgia. Naomi was reminded of the days she had spent with her mother and sister at the beach. She remembered how her mothers eyes sparkled, and how she splashed and played in the water like a cub, while Naomi and her sister, Maya laughed so hard they had tears in their eyes. Naomi's smile had faded. She let out a sigh and shook her head, closing her eyes. When she opened them again, the oasis was back and the sky was a deep orange. She let herself take in the sight once more before the drew her paws from the shallow lake. She turned her back on the oasis and began to head home, where she knew her sister was waiting for her. At least she still had Maya.
Wow! This was quite the project! This is another commission for
, this time of his character, Naomi! (See my other commission for ~AuthorDC
, if you'd like!)
I'm sorry about that background... I have next to no familiarity with how oasis...i? Oasises? Those things... work. I also can not draw a palm tree to save me life, so I used some brushes.
OH! And I made this more of a sunset setting, because I thought the colors worked so beautifully together, but I'd be happy to turn the clock back a few hours if you'd like, ~AuthorDC
I really hope you like this!
I also still have all the layers in photoshop, if you'd like any specific parts of this picture.
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Art and Story © LiconLanieJ