For those who just want to see the two - soap and picture, here you go:
The rest of the story is below.
I wanted this soap to fulfill multiple goals.
1. Compete in the challenge. This is my first attempt at this kind of "painting in soap" approach.
2. Try out my new 5 lb soap mold.
3. Complete the soaps for my soap swap (Make 10 bars using a fragrance sold by www.brambleberry.com - My fragrance is Ginger Patchouli.)
For the Ginger Patchouli fragrance, I decided on a color theme of brown/red/orange. I landed on a few desert scenes. Keeping my skill level in mind, I chose the above photo (from http://wallpaper.mob.org/image/landscape-sand-desert-9018.html), because it is simple enough for me to do, but still interesting, yet complex enough to make it a fun challenge.
Here, you can see it as it's gelling. Gel doesn't always happen, but I think this mold encourages it, which is fine with me because the colors tend to be brighter when gelled. You can see a bit of the remaining batter in the pink mold, not gelling. It is a pretty color, but much more pastel.