Wowie, Maui!

Wowie, Maui!

Wowie, Maui!

I have been absent from my blog for quite awhile.  I got tied up in this pastel and lost track of everything.  I had such a difficult time with this piece.  It really challenged me.

I do iterative saves of my work.  What’s that?  I too wondered when I saw this feature.  That means that as I progress with my painting, I save it as, Wowie, Maui 001, Wowie, Maui 002, etc.  That way if the painting takes an ugly turn, I can go back to an earlier version and restart.  It’s a great feature.

This pastel has 100 iterative saves!  The clouds have been through many changes in several different colors.  First, too dull, then too bright, then too this and then too that.  Ugh.  I finally got almost finished.  I decided to call it quits and just post it.

I showed it to my husband,  He said, “I don’t think you want to do that.”  Huh?  He’s supposed to love all my work.  However, I really appreciated his honesty.  In my heart, I knew it just wasn’t right.  But I was so frustrated.

What to do?

Ah, ha.  I called my friend, Aaron Rutten.  Aaron is a fellow digital artist.  He is incredibly knowledgeable about Painter and about composition, color theory, and on and on.  You can check out his web page here.

In addition to his web page, he has tons of videos on using Painter.  He is so generous with his knowledge.  I think this is just wonderful.  You can see his You Tube videos here.

Aaron also teaches at the Digital Art Academy (DAA).  His classes are a lot of fun to take and everyone learns a lot.  Check out his advanced landscape class here.  I have also taken his introductory Landscape class and the Collage class.  I never could have done any of my landscapes or sunsets without the knowledge I gained in his classes.

So, Aaron came over to give me a lesson in Painter and art.  I showed him this sunset, and he immediately had some very simple, but incredibly helpful suggestions.  I was thrilled.

Aaron gives lessons in person and via the web.  If you ever want input on your art, I highly recommend him.  His charges are very reasonable.

So, after being lost in this pastel, I’ve come through the other side.  I hope you enjoy it.  I finally do.

  18 comments for “Wowie, Maui!

  1. Carole Jeffries
    June 29, 2014 at 5:05 am

    I saw this post–not sure if I had just gone to your site myself or how that worked, but I saw it. As you say in the post, you had been absent for a while, so when nothing further showed up, I figure you were just AWOL again–lost in your own painting projects. 🙂

    Well, I feel better now that I seem to have caught up. It seems I didn’t miss a lot of posts, but it was nice to see those that got shunted to the wrong place.

    Hugs, /c


  2. May 20, 2014 at 4:53 am

    I want to be there! Lovely, Kerry!


  3. May 13, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    On my more complicated pieces (those with many layers) I do up to maybe twenty “iterative” saves. The only problem is keeping track of them.


    • May 14, 2014 at 12:47 am

      Painter keeps them all in one folder. But it can get complicated, and I forget why I did a particular save. Mostly, I want the option of going back if something goes wrong. It’s saved me a few times. I’m so new to digital art (since 2012) that sometimes I don’t know what I’m doing.


  4. May 9, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    Glad you went back and stuck with the process, because you were able to bring closure in a most satisfying way with this beautiful painting. Yeah for Aaron, but hooray for you!


    • May 10, 2014 at 5:39 am

      Thanks, Mary. I can never bring myself to abandon a piece. Aaron is so good, because he leads rather than just telling you.


  5. May 9, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    I am so glad you returned I had wanted to tell you that due to you I painted and posted my first watercolour for years. I don’t have the link as I’m on my phone but it’s on my blog under a wordless Wednesday post a couple of weeks back and wow your picture is stunning one of my favorites so far xx


    • May 10, 2014 at 5:40 am

      Thanks for your comments. I’m so glad I woke up your muse! I’ll go check this out.


      • May 11, 2014 at 4:03 am



      • May 14, 2014 at 12:48 am

        Thanks. I love getting compliments on my art. How did you make the smiley face?


      • May 14, 2014 at 1:23 am

        just do the erm what is it called two dots then dash then the bracket, i cant remember the official name lol, would draw it if i could hehe


      • May 14, 2014 at 4:24 am



  6. May 9, 2014 at 12:40 am

    I love the picture and colors. I especially enjoy your quote “Lost in this pastel, I’ve come through the other side” so many of us have been there.


    • May 9, 2014 at 4:09 am

      It’s so good to know I’m not the only one who gets lost at times. Thanks.


  7. May 9, 2014 at 12:33 am

    It’s gorgeous! It’s almost as if I can feel the warm glow of the sun!


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