To Be Or Not To Be
I have been trying to get back to my old school art days with watercolor and drawing. I am the first to admit that I suck at watercolor. That's not to say that I give up completely on it, but I'm looking for other ways to get a painting experience as well.
In this photograph, I wanted to play with a more impressionistic approach. I don't use an app that applies everything for me. I don't think that it thinks the same way that I do, so I'm always disappointed in the results I get with an app. My old school training has made me more hands on. With Photoshop, I can pile on so many layers and save them all. Later on, I can make changes or I can see where I went wrong and step back again. I love to composite photographs, but that's a different subject. Today, the idea is "painting."
I have been tempted to buy Corel Painting software, but so much can be done in Photoshop and then I wonder if this is truly "a painting."
There is a certain tactile experience that people get when they buy a piece of art -- the kind that was made with paints, etc. We don't get that from a photographic print. Photography is a print process, a transfer process.
Are we forgiven for working a print like a painting? Perhaps not any longer. Digital art gives us much more to play with than a painted picture.
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