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Where The Heart Is by cemac Where The Heart Is by cemac
© Coral McBride --- Do not alter or use without my permission.

I was travelling in a car listening to the words of an old song 'Tar and Cement', which inspired this artwork. It was not my car, not my taste in music, which is very different :D but I liked the words. Home is always where the heart is.

TAR AND CEMENT

The town I came from was quiet and small
We played in the meadows where the grass grew so tall
In summer the lilacs would grow everywhere
The laughter of children would float in the air

As I grew older I had to roam
Far from my family, far from my home
Into the city, where lives can be spent
Lost in the shadows of tar and cement.

Chorus:
And every night I'd sit alone and learn
What loneliness meant
Up in my rented room above the world
Of tar and cement.

Each day I'd wake up and look at the sky
Think of the meadows where I used to lie
Then I'd remember all of that's gone
You're in the city, you better push on
Get what you came for, before it's too late
Get what you came for, the meadows can wait.

Chorus:
And every night I'd sit alone and learn
What loneliness meant
Up in my rented room above the world
Of tar and cement.

Many years later, tired at last
I headed for home to look for my past
I looked for the meadows, there wasn't a trace
Six lanes of highway had taken their place
Where were the lilacs and all that they meant
Nothing but acres of tar and cement.

Yet I can see it there so clearly now
Where has it gone?
Yes I can see it there so clearly now
Where has it gone?
Where are the meadows?
Where are the lilacs?
And where is the tall grass?
The laughter of children?
Nothing but acres
Acres and acres...
Of tar and cememt

Lyrics provided by kovideo.net[link]

My thanks to the talented and very generous stock artists listed below:
Model:

:icondevious-stock:

Background:
:iconphatpuppy:

Cat:
:iconhorsecrazycool:

Raindrops texture:


City:
:icontwittey: No longer available

Photoshop brushes:
:iconspiritsighs: [link] [link]
:iconbextcstock: [link]
Photoshop default brushes and personal resources as well as a lot of painting.
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:iconsisterslaughter165:
Sisterslaughter165 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Lovely work! :iconviolinplz:
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SeventhFairy Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
fantastic job:love:
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cemac Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
Thank you :iconhearthugplz:
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ThruEmilysEyesPhotos Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:iconemoteclapping1plz::iconemoteclapping2plz:

Hi! Just wanted to let you know that your work has been chosen to compete in the current contest at :iconthrough-emilys-eyes: [link] Thank you for submitting! Please keep in mind that it is against the rules to advertise your participation in the contest or ask for votes. Good luck! :hug:

Emily
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DesignbyKatt Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
the reain on the window is amazing!
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cemac Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
Thank you, I was going to dedicate it to you but I thought it was a bit sad and you may have been offended, same with 'Lily'. The neibour's daughter asked me why I only do sad paintings and until then I hadn't realised that I did.
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DesignbyKatt Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
oh it is amazing my friend!
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Jesca007 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Professional Photographer
Excellent job!
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:iconcemac:
cemac Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
Thank you for the nice comment :heart:
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SilverCurlyART Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012   Digital Artist
Very beautiful :heart:
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:iconcemac:
cemac Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
Thank you very much :hug:
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suyuku-san Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Professional Writer
wow! this is awesome! saw it through DAParanormal :clap: I love how vibrant the blue dress is, now I want one like that :)
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cemac Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
Thank you for the lovely compliment :) I painted the dress because I want to teach myself how to paint costumes, so not available in the shops :(
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horsecrazycool Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is beautiful. C: Although Texas isn't with us anymore, I'm definitely thankful I can share him with everyone. Thanks for following my stock rules!
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cemac Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
Thank you and thank you also for sharing Texas with us. Although he may no longer be physically present, the artworks he lives on in are a tribute to both of you. :heart:
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horsecrazycool Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This comment just made my day. No idea how much your words mean. C: Thank you<3
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cemac Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
I meant every work and you and Texas are very welcome. :heart:
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MarcosFoto Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Student Photographer
Magic
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:iconcemac:
cemac Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
Thank you very much :iconforyouplz:
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lifeless-life Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful work, but you've probably heard it countless times! :D
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cemac Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
Never enough :) and I am pleased that you like it :iconlovelyheartsplz:
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thanksthatisenough Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
Dear friend your art is featured [link]
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Troyzen Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great work.Thanks
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Villenueve Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Superb!
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LaVolpeCimina Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Very beautiful :heart:
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:iconcemac:
cemac Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
Thank you very much :iconforyouplz:
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LaVolpeCimina Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
most welcome :hug:
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phantastes Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
A beautiful piece with a lovely atmosphere :iconjoyloveplz:
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saza11 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
This is amazing :heart:
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:iconcemac:
cemac Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
Thank you very much, so pleased you like it :iconlovesplatplz:
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saza11 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
It is a pleasure sweet Cemac :hug:
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maiarcita Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
It's really beautiful!! Her dress is lovely :love:
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Notvitruvian Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
Beautiful work ! :)
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BiBiARTs Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
amazing work and great color dear :clap:
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Zak05 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful work!:clap:
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billndrsn Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
superb!!
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j3ff3rson Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
So beautiful piece :clap:
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SilEnigmaArts Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A beautiful creation Coral. I love the compostion and lovely rich pallette and especially the soft painted effect. Great work!!
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Sannalee01 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
:wow: this is super amazing darling! :love:
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Chinqwe Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
Hi hun ... I hope you are well? I would be honoured if you would allow me to post this lovely piece of yours on my facebook page. Here is the link, let me know ---> [link]

Mel xxx
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MarvaraTorrent Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
Amazing Art ^^
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Huzznie Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Student Artist
awesome..nice Photo and great manipulation....
you have a big talent...

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xeena-dragonkizz Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
Such a lovely piece, Coral, love the painterly feel, the colors are hypnotic, and very rich in mood!! Fabulous work!!
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babsartcreations Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful :heart:
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J-u-d-a-s Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
So beautiful my friend, wonderful~!:rose:
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