Peace At Last


Peace At Last

Peace At Last

This painting was done using pastel brushes I made in Painter.

I took a painting class from Flora Bowley in September, 2012.  Since then, I have had an idea in my head of how I wanted to paint.  But getting it down on canvas has been a struggle.

I look and look at other art work.  I see what people are doing, but I can’t seem to do it.

This piece was a huge break-through for me.  I am closing in on how I want my work to look.

What I strive for in my art is to have a lots of light and dark contrast.  That is what makes a painting pop.  As much as I try, dark and light values have been a real challenge for me.  It sounds easy, but it’s not.

I learned a trick to use with digital painting.  In Painter, I open a new layer on top of the other layers.  I fill it with black and put it on colorize composite method.  When I am painting, I open this layer and it shows my painting in black, white and greys.  This lets me know if I am getting a good variety of values in my work.

With this piece, I did better than I usually do.  However, I discovered that if I use all highly saturated colors, they will all have the same value.

I was able to get a feeling of depth in this piece.  I have learned that I was able to do that because I used more light and dark values.


  13 comments for “Peace At Last

  1. July 6, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    Interesting painting… When I look at it, I see several animals, flowers, fruit… even people! Congrats!


    • July 7, 2014 at 4:17 am

      Thank you for your comment. I’m so glad you have such a vivid imagination!


  2. July 6, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    It does “POP!” Great job, Kerry! I really like it.


  3. July 5, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    Lovely work Kerry. Your description of digital painting is very interesting, especially the part about the layers. Totally agree with you about values of light and dark, they make the painting pop and give the 3d appearance.


  4. Carole Jeffries
    July 4, 2014 at 9:35 am

    Yay! I received notification of your post today.

    Interesting how you are working on the light and dark contrast by using layers to see the painting in black, white, and greys. Hard work, but fulfilling. Yes?



    • July 4, 2014 at 11:38 pm

      Very fulfilling, Carole. Thanks. I’m so glad you are a regular reader. I really appreciate your taking your precious time to read/look at my blog.


  5. July 4, 2014 at 7:05 am

    Wow, that’s beautiful!


    • July 4, 2014 at 7:05 am

      Thank you so much Justin. I had a lot o fun painting this.


      • July 4, 2014 at 7:08 am

        I love different art mediums, even though I don’t have much experience with the majority.


      • July 4, 2014 at 7:11 am

        What’s great about digital art is that I can use various types of media together that would never work together in the real world. Like watercolor and oil paint.


      • July 4, 2014 at 7:12 am

        Is it any easier to do than in reality? My hands tend to be a bit shaky.


      • July 4, 2014 at 11:42 pm

        I use a table that plugs into my computer. So it is just like drawing on paper. I have a tremor in my hands. I tend to do lots of pieces with moving, curved lines because of it. What’s great about digital is undo and working on layers that you can go back to.


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