Welcome to the weekend. Welcome to Saturday art link up!


““Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing.  Making your unknown known is the important thing.” 

Georgia O’Keeffe

Today I am going to show you a brief peek into how my pictures evolve. Sometimes, a photoshop painting. Not always.

Like so often it all started with a perfectly fine photo. One that I might actually be using again, because I really like the play of light and shadow in it a lot.


I also thought that it would be a perfect subject for a watercolor painting. You know I have only recently rediscovered how much I love painting. So, I did this picture here with real watercolor, not Photoshop, of the one blossom last weekend.


To post it online obviously I needed to take a photo of it. And once I take a photo inevitably it is going to be in Lightroom and quite possibly also in Photoshop. Which is when I started playing with layers. I duplicated the original painting/photo, resized and transformed them – and here you go.


Then, not sure why, but sometime yesterday evening I thought it would be fun to add something else to it. I didn’t want another texture e.g. linen canvas, because the watercolor paper itself is already beautifully structured. So, something else. Browsing through my many files I found an image of vector shapes i.e. the circles you see below from Sebastian Michaels.

Many layers, different blend modes, a ton of masking – in sum what I call Photoshop mojo, later I got this final version, let’s call it a Photoshop painting.


I am sure there are going to be purist who say ‘why take a watercolor painting into Photoshop’? In fact, hubby mentioned something to the effect ‘you take a photo, then make a painting of it, then make another photo of it, and then do Photoshop? That’s weird’. Well, maybe it is. Maybe I am. But I don’t care. I love doing this, throwing different things together and see how it turns out.

How about you? Do you have a set workflow when it comes to your art? Let me know in the comments.

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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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