In some of these images, there are only subtle differences; in others, there are major changes. BUT, there are no secrets -- I just found a description and clicked!
While there are challenges to learn technique and explore creative ideas -- every flower, barn and landscape can be painted a hundred different ways -- a photo editing program like Photoshop allows me to try out some results without the work!
"Secrets" with rough pastel added through the magic of Photoshop.
Joyce has recently done The Work (and with pears!) on her daily blog. See examples here (watercolor and ink) here (Klimt pear) here (Mosaic) and here (Cubist). (Or just start with the wc/ink and click on 'newer posts' to see each in the series.) No gimmicks; just pure painting. I love her daily paintings. Some are more successful than others; I think because she is willing to take risks and try new things.
"Secrets" with poster outline and cross-hatching added through the magic of Photoshop.
When I am teaching, I am dismayed that students will select a photograph or a sketch and never consider other options for their use. And we're not talking about a different point of view here! They just want to copy what's there. They are afraid to take risks and try new things. Maybe that's why I see so many dead paintings.
"Pick on Somebody Else" enhanced with drybrush through the magic of Photoshop.
I must admit that I refused to allow graphic design students to use their computers until they understood WHY they were doing things. They thought I was old-fashioned; I thought they needed to know more than technology. I wanted them to learn design and explore creative ideas so their technology bones would have some substance.
"You Smell Nice" transformed into cut out shapes through the magic of Photoshop.
Today's technology opens our eyes to so many ways of doing things and getting them RIGHT! It seems decades ago that it was radical to just put a small painting on a copy machine to check the values in the resulting black and white copy. Who knew what we'd be able to do today?
"Whadda Ya Think?" with sharpened edges through the magic of Photoshop.