Creativity Workshop: Beyond the Ordinary Responses

In the June 2009 issue of Watercolor Artist, Nicholas Simmons challenged readers to use Photoshop to develop new creative avenues in their compositions. “Viewing your composition through the lens of a graphics editing program is a fascinating way to explore the endless possibilities hiding in your work—if not also in your head—and to stimulate new ways of thinking and seeing,” he said.

We’re now pleased to announce the winner of our $100 gift certificate to North Light books: Elise Beattie of Paducah, Kentucky with Painted Lady. Enjoy her winning sequence of images below and join us in congratulating our runner up, Kris Storey of Colorado Springs, Colorado, for Day Lilies paintings. As always, keep the paint—and the fun—flowing!

Elise Beattie began her process with a resource photograph.

She then used Photoshop to draft some compositional ideas.

Finally, she painted Painted Ladies (watercolor and acrylic on paper, 17×20).

Kris Storey began with a reference photograph.

She then painted her first version of Day Lilies.

After experimenting with Photoshop, she painted her final, altered version of Day Lilies.

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Send us your Creativity Workshop Activity for a chance to win your shot at the prize. Send a JPEG image (with a resolution of 72 dpi) of your watermedia painting to To see the latest Creativity Workshop Activities and a gallery of reader responses, click here.


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