Yesterday I did two paintings. That’s a record for me. Usually I take days to paint one painting. I actually finished up one piece that had driven me crazy. It was another flower piece using Skip Allen’s Flower Maker brush.
I took a break for lunch, and went to my Reader to see what was going on in the blogging world. The first blog was Skip’s. He had posted another set of videos on using color effects and brushes using stroke attribute. Those of you who use Painter know what I’m talking about, probably. The use of the stroke attribute brush had totally eluded me since I first got Painter.
I watched Skip’s videos and found out that the stroke attribute brush acts exactly the same as layer composition effects, except directly on the paint. Wow. I couldn’t wait to get back to my flowers. The three ovals behind the flowers were totally too dark. So I used the detail oil brush with stroke attribute on and brought back out the light purples that had originally been there. Then I worked on some of the other shapes and brought back their gradations. Then I went to work on the flowers. They seemed like they needed more white, so I lightened them up. Then I looked at what I had done and saw they lacked enough color. So I used Adjust Selected Colors under Effects and brought back the colors, only better. I used the lasso tool to outline each flower before applying the effect to each of them. Skip had also talked about this effect in his videos.
For anyone with an interest in Painter, I highly recommend Skip’s You Tube site and his blog. He is full of information on Painter.