Brushstrokes from Painter

Brushstrokes 1

Brushstrokes 1

Brushstrokes 2

Brushstrokes 2

Brushstrokes 3

Brushstrokes 3

These are three crops from a larger piece. I am working on brush strokes in Painter.  I want my work to have more textures in it.  That is something that makes a painting interesting and gets the viewer’s interest.

Painter has a few ways to show textures.  One way is using papers.  If you use a textured paper, then you have to make adjustments to the brush to get it to show the paper. So in addition to understanding how the papers work, one must also understand the brushes and their grain settings.

Painter comes with many papers.  I can also take any paper texture I like and scan it into the computer and bring it into Painter.  Once it is in Painter, then the paper has to be adjust for lightness, darkness, etc. so the brushes work with it.

I digress, back to brush strokes. Painter’s brushes will do brush strokes just like real-life brushes. But in addition to that, they will do all kinds of fabulous other things.

For instance, the top example has some gradations in the red, orange, yellow area.  That was added with a brush that literally shoots colors out.

Right now I’m focusing mostly on acrylics and oils.  I want to get the richness that those paintings have from their brush strokes. In these examples, I used mostly the acrylic brushes that come with Painter.  I also used a category called Buttery Oils that I downloaded from the very generous Skip Allen.

Anytime you need brushes for Painter, head over to Skip’s blog.  He has tons of fantastic brushes that he shares with the Painter community.  If you download the brushes and like them, be sure to go over the Pay Pal and give a donation to Skip. One of the best parts of Painter is that one can easily make a painting with oils, acrylics, pastels and any other media one would like to toss in.

I have been using Painter for two years.  Before I became ill, I was a textile artist.  I had never painted until I used Painter.  It has been a real adventure first, learning to paint, then learning Painter.  Painter has an extremely steep learning curve.  Now that I am finally familiar with basic painting skills and how Painter works, I’m ready to explore painting.

  18 comments for “Brushstrokes from Painter

  1. November 26, 2014 at 7:22 am

    Awesome Kerry – the lines and colors are fantastic. Love the compositions.

    Liked by 1 person

    • December 1, 2014 at 7:50 am

      Thanks so much, Mary. I’m discovering the ability to stay loose and not overwork. Your art always inspires me.


  2. November 24, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    I love them Kerry! So full of life and energy. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  3. karijn
    November 24, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    Nicely done Kerry!

    Liked by 1 person

    • November 25, 2014 at 11:41 am

      Thanks, Kari. I’m trying out some new brushes. I’m also trying out some of the acrylics that come with Painter.


  4. November 24, 2014 at 7:52 am

    I really liked these. As always, great color choices.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. November 24, 2014 at 5:03 am

    I love rhe colours the first is my fav and also there is so much to look up and make stories about too x


  6. Carole Jeffries
    November 24, 2014 at 4:09 am

    Yes, definitely more texture here. Interesting use of white paint. I like Brushstrokes 1. It has more colour, and it looks like the sun is shining from the top center-left (kinda like sunlight shining on a wooded pathway). Neat!

    My neighbour and I are going out to do a little shopping in a few minutes. There is a gift store that she really likes near Salmon Arm. She wanted to take me there last Christmas, but I couldn’t do it. Today’s the day. Girls’ day out. 🙂

    Hugs to you, /c

    Liked by 1 person

    • November 24, 2014 at 4:25 am

      Thanks, Carole for your comments. I like the top sample best also. I’m working hard on using black and white in my work. It sounds easy, but it’s not. I’m so excited you are well enough to go to this gift store.


  7. November 24, 2014 at 4:00 am

    Sincere Compliments for such wonderful and elegant art!


    • November 24, 2014 at 4:02 am

      Oh, thank you so much. These started out as just doodles of possible brush strokes, but I thought they also are working as “art”.

      Liked by 1 person

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