Photoshop Montage – A Way to Conquer Fear in Art

Little Mermaid - Photoshop Montage
Little Mermaid – Photoshop Montage – Final Image

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Little Mermaid B

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Little Mermaid A

“Fear corrupts–perhaps the fear of loss.” – John Steinbeck

I have talked before about how painters would rather stick with a bad painting that we have created than risk improving it. Moving into the improvement zone is really scary. Often, we look at what we have done and we say, “Welllllllll, hmph!  I guess it is ok.”  Or we might even say, “Ugh! That’s terrible!”  Either way, we would rather leave it there — in its less than glorious state than try to fix it.  We are AFRAID that in fixing our paintings, we will lose them.  Lose What?  A terrible painting?  Throw that dog away.

Because you can save copies of you computer art, as it evolves, you do not have to throw anything away or ruin anything, as you begin to improve it.  For that reason alone, doing art on the computer is liberating.

Computer art is not necessarily quick.  I have spent the best part of 2 days working on my Little Mermaid.  It took me about 8 hours to create Little Mermaid A.  After that, I side-tracked into Little Mermaids 1, 2, & 3.  That exploration took another day; but as soon as I posted 1, 2, & 3, I knew that I was getting off track; and I returned to Little Mermaid A and only made a few changes to Create Little Mermaid B.  My final Little Mermaid was created by applying Harlequin Tortoise Shell Over Mermaid B; I followed that by applying an entirely new Traced Image of the original piece [created in Illustrator].

Did I waste a lot of time doing this?  Not at all.  Time and trial are necessary for improvement in any medium.  At least in Photoshop, you are able to make those trials without spending any money on paints and paper.  You will still have to do that later, when you are working with paint; yet, Photoshop is a nice, safe, stepping stone along your journey.  Photoshop is a way to conquer one’s fear.

“Fear will steal your aliveness–make your courage bigger than your fear.” – Barbara de Angelis
“Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.” – John Wayne
We have met the enemy and he is us.” – Walt Kelly and Pogo

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