Welcome to the weekend. Welcome to my mermaid photo Saturday linky party – s~A(R)T~urday!

Creativity takes courage.” Henri Matisse

I always want to work creatively. But an office job, as interesting as it may be – and I like mine – sucks most creativity out of me. I am spending the majority of my awake time there, which is fair enough, because after all my employer pays me for it. My art does not. While I do sell some of my pictures I do not put a lot of effort into the art of selling. You know, marketing, socializing etc. I’d rather spend my time creating more pictures. So that one day I will have a bit more of a cohesive body of work.

Right now I feel my art is all over the place. There will always be my straight photography (which is usually not what you are seeing here on my s~A(R)T~urday) and my photo art, both created in Photoshop or equivalent apps on my iPhone. But it seems to me that even after all this time there is still not an ‘ImagesByCW signature style’. I cannot see one at least. Or feel one. There are always so many things to explore to try out and though some of my pictures here are quite elaborate (the mermaid consists of 74 layers…) I am missing, lacking something.

Oh well, until I find out, I will just keep on plugging away – in a good way. I get sad when I sometimes don’t have an idea for a new creation (= loss of creativity during day job…). Then I will just grab a random photo, toss it into Photoshop and start adding a few bits and pieces or applying adjustment masks or filters. The outcome might not be something that I would ever share with you, but – I know I will have had fun in the process and might have even learned something new. Those are definitely things that will make me happy again.

But this is not how today’s picture started. I did have the idea of creating a mermaid photo. I already had the right model photo through The Colby Files and found a couple of bettas for the tail in morguefiles, which is a good resource if you are ever missing a photo to work an idea. The other photos in the picture, moon, dragonfly, ocean, spray and sky are my own. A lot of Photoshop mojo later and you can see the result below.

Patrick of Adventures in Weseland linked up last in previous week’s s~A(R)T~urday. It was the 4th of July edition and he had a very fitting post, a reminder of what America’s national holiday is about. Please check it out here: Last week’s entry here.

I hope you’ll be enjoying your weekend, I know I will with the weather being all summer. But I promise I will make time tomorrow to visit your entries, probably while lounging on the balcony :). Last week just ran away from me, I apologize, but I’ll be back to check out your entries again and comment, too. I so appreciate our little community forming here. Thank you for being part of it.

mermaid, composite, photoshop

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I hope that over time we will be building a community dedicated to art and creating. My personal medium is photography and photo art, but I do not want to put a limit on my art link up. Thus I encourage you to join me, no matter which your art form is. Please do not be intimidated that I am calling this an art link up. I want you to share your creations. Art is completely subjective. It takes courage and time to realize that you may actually call your own creations art. If you believe they are pieces of art, I believe they are. They may be good or bad or great – who am I to say?! I’d rather like to think along these words from Andy Warhol:

Don’t think about making art, just get it done.

Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. 

While they are deciding, make even more art.” 

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self portrait, Claudia Willison, ImagesByCW

Claudia is founder, owner and soul of ImagesByCW Photography. Born in Germany, traveled though Europe and Australia, she currently lives with her American husband in New Jersey, USA. She blogs about what she loves: Photography, art, internet and computers in general, as well as cooking and windsurfing. When not working she enjoys reading, music, windsurfing and listening to the sound of waves and the wind, preferably together with her husband.

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