I have lost count.

How often have I opened this page, the app and – stared at it.

Until I thankfully got distracted and moved on to something else.

July 9, 2017 was the last post and the last update I did on my website.

I missed it.

I missed you. The interaction, exchange of views and ideas, news – everything. But mostly – YOU.

Still, I never wrote a single word.

And maybe that was my biggest mistake.

Don’t writers say that the best way to write a book is to ‘just start writing’? Similarly in photoart – just throw a couple of photo layers in your project and mesh them up. And painters often just put down a single brush stroke, so that the canvas is not emptily staring back at them.

I hate that canvas stare!

I want to draw, I want to paint, to create, but – what and how and why. Well, actually, the why is easy to answer. Because I love the process of creating, because I love the outcome (most times) and because it keeps my work-stress in check. Yup, that work-stress is still real. In fact at the beginning of this year it intensified and I can only hope that it is going to get better, soon.

But, if all else fails, I still have my art. Yet, also, no money. Who wants to buy some art by and from me? Hahaha – no worries, but I might also be re-opening my Etsy store for some of my photography and maybe even finally get a shop page here on my site. We’ll see, because now I have got a helper! Yup, my dear hubby, David, offered to help me keeping my website updated. Now I just have to get him up-to-speed on my Wordpress – LOL – always a new challenge. If you haven’t seen his work, check out David on DeviantArt, where he publishes currently his vector based art, but more importantly his fantasy stories, which are fantastic, not bias here!

It’s all good, we’re going to take it one step at a time.

For now I think I have babbled enough and will leave you with my most recent painting. I am currently working on Tamara Laporte’s Ever After 2018 workshop, which is a fairytale themed mixed media course. I really got to like mixed media over the past few years. My first loves, of course, will always be pencil and watercolor, but – I am really getting into acrylics and, yes, Inktober is just around the corner with lots of inking!

Anyhoo, as you most certainly know a lot of fairytales have very polished, nice and pretty princesses or heroines, right? Well, after painting a few of them, I just felt like giving this one, Disney’s Tinkerbell, my very own little vampiric spin. Some of it may be over the top, but overall I really like how she turned out. I also added a challenge and used only a very limited supply of art utensils – you’ll see all of them on the photo below. Come to think of it, the actual paper is missing in it, couldn’t have done it without that one.

So, for now – farewell and see you soon!

Hope you enjoy!


Tinkerbell Vampire
Limited art supplies
Tinkerbell Vampire dark
Tinkerbell Vampire darkest
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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