I have been working with GIMP2 again tonight and this is what I came up with.
The photo on the left is what the second one started out as. As you can see you would have no idea from the end result that it was once the photo on the left.
I have added some extra colours and then just manipulated and used the tools in the program until I liked the design.
It is fun to do but I tend to spend to much time on these pieces. I love it.