Are you curious what I have been up to? Being that I have been (and will be) pretty much off the grid as far as my blog is concerned?

I wish I could say that I have spent most of that time creating, but, in all honesty, it was mostly work work that occupied me. Physically and mentally. Somehow I cannot, come home from the office and then flip the switch and – create. I just cannot. This is what a typical evening looks like: Coming home, changing, working on blog or working out, making dinner, watching movie/series with hubby, go to bed. Boring…

Well, in between movie/tv and bed I usually have about thirty minutes of online time. Sometimes I am posting or answering comments, sometimes I’m on social media and sometimes I am writing a blog post, like I am doing now. On very rare occasions I also start creating. But that is dangerous. Because if I get into the swing, I totally forget time. Like the piece below, it does not look like much, right? But believe me, it took me hours. Hours that I was hardly aware how fast they flew by.

To give you an idea. I am participating in a Photoshop Artistry (Grunge) course and one of the lessons is to create a piece depicting my ~ past | present | future ~. There’s a lot to choose from, so I started the image by flicking through my photos Thursday night. I had the idea about a path leading…, found the picture of a canal, I took in a castle garden in Germany and then I stumbled across some Australia pictures. And I love Oz a lot, so that was it. My starting point.

I did not get any further on Thursday and Friday was work plus at nigh belated birthday dinner (yay!). But yesterday I spent from 11 am to 5 pm, with minor interruptions creating this pretty personal piece. As usual I am not entirely happy, but, hey, we are always learning, improving, evolving, right?! For those interested, here are the facts: The image is composited out of 12 of my photos, 3 textures, 1 frame (doubled), a script brush – making a total of 37 layers including adjustments. Yes, a Photoshop composite takes time (and processing power) and is a lot of fun.

composit, australia, new york

Because this is the 1st official image I created for this course, I will take this as the opportunity to also start something else that I had wanted to do for a long, long time. My very own link-up. I am calling it:


I know, I know, not a very original name and yet another link-up. But I truly love art. And over the past year I participated in a few art related blog hops and loved what I saw. It amazes me to see the abundance of creativity and all the different kinds of art forms people choose to express themselves. I would love to see more of it. I welcome all forms of art, limited only to the ability of being displayed on the internet. Here are a few examples: Photography, composites, mixed media and also creative writing, another wonderful art form, which unfortunately eludes me. Please join me, don’t be shy and show me what you have created over the past week.

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Why don’t you join me along my journey and follow me on fbgo and tw if you prefer and see what I come up with next. You can, of course, also subscribe by email – (click) here or you may follow my blog with Bloglovin or my preferred reader Feedly.

Drop me a comment and you’ll make me smile!


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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