What can I say. I am working hard trying to figure out what works and what doesn’t work in photoshop digital painting. I’m still getting layers mixed up and even though I am still scrambled eggs about it, I am so happy to have learned a new thingy in this one. I found an old abstract painting and brought it in as a background and tilted it, blew it up, changed the levels a lot until I got a nice contrast between the background and my sweet fairy. With that as a positive, the negative is that I feel I lost an opportunity to paint the corn as it should look in moonlight. The same can be said about miss fairy herself, although I like her weird hair with the red maple leaves all over it. I won’t do that again though because I don’t think it worked. When you add something and it looks added and is not inspiring, it will always be a dead issue and is better off left dead. But alas, every time I paint one of these, I get a little closer to getting the concept.
This is the old corn fairy from 2005. I like the idea but I am surely not there yet. All in all, this is the better work but I will meet the challenge of reviving it. It is always good to save your work. It is much more rewarding to revise your own stuff that to just grab something off the web. I love the corn in this and the corn colors. I also think her skin tones are pretty cool. I may try this whole thing again at some later date.
Here is the abstract big watercolor. I changed so much of it –changed the levels and saturation in photoshop. See if you can guess which little section of this I used and manipulated. The original painting is misty and washed out just as it looks here because I washed and tried to scrub out what I had painted a long time ago. Because I used Arches 140lb. cold press, I could not get it all out. Now I am so happy about that because I can use this artwork for so many digital applications now. How cool is that? The other option is that I could paint over it but I think that would ruin it. So I will leave it as it is: a hidden treasure.