Photoshop painting

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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50 thoughts on “Photoshop painting”

  1. Das Foto selbst ist wirklich perfekt. Und ich staune, was mit Photoshop alles geht.- Wuinderbar!
    Da braucht man ja wirklich keine echten Pinsel mehr…
    Schönes WE

    • Vielen Dank, Mascha. Ja, mit Photoshop kann man tatsächlich malen wie im realen Leben. Und in meinem Fall habe ich nun sogar beides vereint, oder sogar alles drei: Foto, reale Wasserfarbe und Photoshop = jede Menge Spaß! Ich hoffe, Du hast auch ein schönes Wochenende!

  2. Thanks Claudia for hosting the party and for not only sharing your gorgeous photos and artwork with us but also your creative process – you are SO very talented! I love how one creation inspires you to explore it in several different ways. Each one is so beautiful!

    Among my shares this week I included a huge hardback book I reviewed that is a collection of over 350 stunning photographs from an American photographer who spent a year abroad photographing the Bridges Of Paris. As part of the book tour, there is a worldwide giveaway for 16 copies of this book! Since there are only a few days left in the giveaway – and this is a book that any photographer/artist would love to own – I wanted to make you and your readers aware of it and invite you to stop by and enter.

    Have a wonderful weekend and I am glad that you are continuing to heal! 🙂

    • Thank YOU for linking up your wonderful creations ( I love the work with your mom’s picture). And thank you for your kind words about my images, too!

      That book must really be something, I surely entered the giveaway 🙂

  3. Thank you so much for sharing how you get from point A to point B. I am no where near ready to start playing around with something like this, but I find it fascinating, particularly when you get such beautiful results.

    I’ll be back this afternoon to add my 10-on-10 photography circle post to your link-up. Thank you for being such a great supporter of my link-up 😉

    • You’re welcome, Jen, both for your words on my work and for supporting your link-up. It is a fun way to get to know new bloggers or known ones better.
      I hope that one day you will link up some of your work.

    • You’re absolutely right, Cathy, at least in my case. If I am not in the mood, I cannot create anything. I can work on photos, you know, basic editing, but nothing creative like composites or such.

  4. I love all of them!
    and I always tend to have about 3 versions of mine too, because I change and fiddle and change and go in a complete different direction again. Ha.
    this week’s was easy to combine, but I wasn’t quite sure what final vision I really wanted. so I probably will continue to tinker with this one over time. I have company and just ran out of time to perfect it. But I had my poem and the general idea, so here I am!
    Next week hopefully I will have some flowers in my garden to turn into Art! 🙂

    • Thank you, Leslie. I sometimes have a hard time to decide which one(s) I like best. Quite obviously not the ‘watercolor only’ otherwise I have not fiddled with it later in Photoshop, right?
      You know, there is nothing wrong to go back to an older piece and start with it again. I mean, there was a week gone by before it hit me that I wanted to do something else to the watercolor piece…
      I really liked your poem and photoart to go along with it. Now looking forward to finally seeing some flowers from Canada 🙂

  5. Love what you did with this …It’s all about enjoying it isn’t it? Playing around, having fun, being creative, experimenting, playing 🙂


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