Entertaining Energy Abstract Pattern Artwork by Omaste Witkowski

It is wise to direct your anger towards problems – not people; to focus your energies on answers – not excuses. ~William Arthur Ward

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Entertaining Energies

I love bold and colorful artwork and when I create my pictures I use a camera and a computer. I enjoy using these digital tools to create a wide variety of pictures. All of my artwork start as photographs and then they turn into something else. My Macro photographs of glass art pieces are turned into colorful patterns and graceful abstracts. My offering today is a vivid example of what you can do with photography and photoshop and I loved ever second of its creation.

What I am wondering is why some people use the term “photoshopped” in a a derogatory manner? I find all sorts of interesting pictures and post them and share them on Facebook. Inevitably someone will comment “nice picture but it is photoshopped”. Why does it matter how the image came about if you enjoy it? So today I am pondering whether or not Photoshop represents something akin to cheating. If you use image manipulation software to create a surreal image is this somehow wrong. By making it something else did we destroy it or make it somehow less relevant?

I will propose that digital tools are just that. Tools. Every artist has tools that they create with and each successive generation will take something and make it into a piece of art. Ages ago artists would use plant dyes to create with along with any other available resources. Today we use the tools that we can and create what our hearts and souls will express. What do you think?