This is a painting I recently did in Corel Painter 2019. Painter is an app for the computer. It has just about every type of artistic media you can think of: pens, pencils, oils, watercolor, pastel, crayons, etc. It literally has hundreds of brushes. Over the years, I’ve collected thousands of brushes.
It has a pretty steep learning curve. But there are lots of videos available and classes available.
I did this piece using brushes I made myself. I pretty much only use brushes that I make anymore. I find that after having used Painter for such a long time, I’m very particular about my brushes. I want a brush(es) that’s going to do exactly what I want it to do.
I like getting new brushes from others, but I always will tweak them a bit to suit my needs.
We live in Seattle. Right in the middle of the city is a lake. The city has made an asphalt trail all the way around the lake for pedestrians and wheeled vehicles or people on wheels. It’s a really lovely place for we city people.
I nabbed this photo the other morning right when no one was around.
Actually Seattle has other lakes, bigger ones around. Also we sit right on Puget Sound which comes in from the Pacific Ocean. This is part of why our area is so beautiful.
Seattle has had unseasonably warm weather. In fact, after breaking cold records, we now are breaking warm records. Climate change? I don’t know. There is still a tiny bit of snow on the ground on our street.
This plant I believe, is called a Spurge. It’s hard to tell because there are so many and they all look different. Believe it or not, this is not its flower. It has so many incarnations and each one is incredibly beautiful.
Enjoy your day.
This is a painting I recently finished in Painter 2019. I’m finding that I really like this version of Painter. It was released last summer. Rather than give us some gimmick like they usually do, they made all kinds of fixes under the hood. The app works so much better. It’s smoother than it used to be.
Usually I bitch about Painter quite a bit. But not right now. I’m very happy with it. They finally fixed most (not quite all) of what drove me crazy. Bravo Corel.
It’s a joy to paint and not have these buggy frustrations occur.
It’s my belief we are in the dinosaur era of digital. So we live in the equivalent of the pioneer days when people used to chop down their own tree to make wood for the fire place. Just think of what computers will be someday.
Enjoy your day.
This is a painting that is different for me. First, the colors are more muted. This must be due to getting the huge cataract out of my left eye. It’s not like I have a foggy curtain over my eye any longer. Does this mean I won’t do my bright paintings any more? They have been my signature for the last seven years. But perhaps it is time to move on. Second, the whole feel of the painting is different. It’s in a new direction. It goes down a different road. A road I have wanted to travel for a long time. But I didn’t know how to get there. There was no map. But I finally found another artist who’s giving ideas on Instagram and You Tube. Her name is Pat Butinsky. I really like her art. It’s free and fun.
Just the opposite of what I’ve been doing lately which has been tight and not so much fun.
Done in Painter 2019.
After lunch the other day, Warren and I went for a walk in a local neighborhood. As we walked along, I spotted this little bunch of croci.
Most of the croci had been flattened by the ten inches of snow we had earlier this winter. Seattle is not used to getting that much snow.
I first put these in Tangledfx with one of my presets. Then I put it in Lightroom and used the color squares (I don’t know what they are called) to add in just a touch of blue.
I am so sick of snow and absolutely ready for Spring and flowers and warmer weather!
Enjoy your day.
This is the second in a series of obscured portraits. I am doing these as a result of a really wonderful class I’ve been taking from Tricia Dewey. You can get information on the class here. She also has many other great classes that you can check out.
I did this piece on my iPad Pro. The apps I will discuss can also all be used on an iPhone.
I applied several textures. Some were textures I had taken at the ocean last Christmas.
I started out with an app I’ve had around for a long time and not used much. I think I had really under rated it. It’s called Repix. I really like the brushes down towards the end. Especially charcoal, chalk, Van Gogh and drips.
I took the piece into Snapseed and applied one of the new looks they have. I think I used Accentuate to bring out the colors in the piece.
Then I took it into iColorama and used the Paint brushes. I also applied Style/Coherence. iColorama is the app that just keeps on giving. Just when I think I might have it somewhat figured out, I find out more.
I enjoyed making this obscured piece. I hope you enjoy it.