Category: abstract

Gladly Yours

Here is a painting that I did in Painter.  Yes, I actually did a painting in Corel Painter.  When I last posted a painting from Painter, I was probably struggling with Painter 2016 in all of its bugginess.  It had the absolute worst brush lag you could imagine.  Someone from Painter was allegedly helping me.  I use that word lightly because after he found out I had a very expensive computer and all my software was up-to-date, he just quit speaking to me.  He disappeared!  This is after asking me to be a beta tester.  He just fell into a black hole.  His name is Steve.  Where are you Steve?  Where all Corel Painter people go when they have to admit that it is their application that is at fault.

In some black hole.  I hope it smells bad there.

Anyway, Corel released version 2017, guess what the brush lag miraculously disappeared!  Wow!  So, it wasn’t my computer, it wasn’t my brushes, it wasn’t my fault.  Now, eight months later (are you kidding me, they can’t even wait one year for an update????) they released 2018.  That was in August.  In August of 2017, they release a version called Painter 2018.  They are getting ridiculous.  But, of course, I purchased it.  There were some updates I wanted.

Skip Allen was giving his annual (soon it will be semi-annual at the rate Corel is going) class at the Digital Art Academy.  You can check out his blog here.

You can check out the class here.  Skip’s class was awesome.  I think you can still sign up for it, I’m not sure.  I’ve taken his Intro Class to Painter since Painter released X3, the 2013 version. This was by far the very best class ever.  We had a blast in class and learned so much.  Skip is an awesome teacher and spends endless time preparing videos and answering questions.

This painting is a multi-media one.  I used watercolors.  I never use watercolors in Painter, but I broke that rule for class and did.  Then I also used acrylics.  I had a lot of fun.  This is an abstract that is unlike most of my abstracts.  I used the watercolors to get the paper textures in the various areas.  It is an interesting technique that I plan to use again.

 

 

A New Painting


Here’s a painting I just finished on my iPad Pro in my favorite app, Procreate.

I had thought I would get back to painting on my computer after a nine month hiatus due to the house remodel. But I’ve entered some kind of computer hell. I tried to get one drive changed to a larger one. They screwed that up. Then the next guy held my computer and wouldn’t work on it. But he refused to return it to me! I finally got it back. But now, it’s taking forever to get it fixed!
All because the first place did not push a button in a software app! Grrr!
I should learn to do this hardware stuff myself.

The Watchers


This is an edit I did recently. I got my source images from Getty Images.

The question in this piece is who’s watching who?

Are the people watching?  If so, what are they watching?  Or are they just looking down. Or are they being watched by the eyes in the mountains?  Who are the eyes in the mountains and what do they represent?  Are they our conscience, society, the CIA or mother?

Then you will need to figure out if the thing in the sky is actually a Russian spy plane or what?

Then perhaps this is none of the above. You decide for yourself. Wherever your imagination takes you is where you should go.

I did this on my iPad using Leonardo. I have tried to use Union but it only has one layer. Which in my opinion, severely limits it.

The masking brush in Leonardo could use some improvement. I noticed that it’s sister app SuperImpose has recently gotten some big updates. It is supposed to really do a great job on masking hair. Again, this app only has one layer.

Additionally, I worked in Stackables.

Did You Really Say That

 

This is a painting that I started about two years ago.  It gave me nothing but grief.  I could see the eye in the main face just about in the center of the piece, but I could not get it to work.  I kept struggling with this piece, but nothing would work.  It just looked ugly.  I would go to other areas in the painting to work, and things just got worse.

Finally, I just gave up and put it away.  I have learned to never throw away or in my case of digital paintings, delete, a painting.  You just never know.

So about a month ago, I pulled this out.  Now this is where the joy of digital painting comes about.  I had the base of this painting.  I had started it in Rebelle, a watercolor app for the computer.  So, I was able to pretty much go back to that.  There were a couple of areas I wanted too preserve.  I kept those.  Then just like magic, the painting came together.

I haven’t had a painting go this easily ever!  It just flowed.  Which, given that it gave me such fits for so long, I guess I deserved this.

If you look around, you can find all kinds of other faces.  There’s a guy in the upper left spewing out all kinds of garbage.  We all know that kind of person, right?

I had a blast making this painting.  I hope you enjoy looking at it.

As I said, I started this painting in Rebelle, where I start pretty much all my paintings. Then I took it into Painter 2017 to finish it.  I used brushes I made.  I made the brushes from dynamic speckle types.  If you want more details about the brushes, or want the brushes, contact me.

Introducing Blue!!!


I don’t use blue in my paintings. Not ever, not never!

Well, kiss those days goodbye. 

I have slowly been putting little dabs of blue in my abstracts. But now, in this painting, there is bright blue in large areas. 

I did this and the earth is still spinning around. I will note there was the election outcome that was pretty damn weird right after I painted this, however. 

Anyway, this was done on my iPad Pro in my favorite app, Procreate. 

Speaking of favorite apps, most of you know how very angry I have been at Corel, the makers of Painter. My former go-to painting app. 

Well, I just updated to the 2017 version of Painter during their Cyber Monday sale. Although my love affair with Painter will never be the same, I will say that in this version the mysterious brush lag I experienced in 2016 has 99% gone away. 

The app is running very smooth and feels like what one would expect from a top-tier painting app. 

But, Painter, how could you have treated me like you did for a whole year?  And no one at Corel gave a damn. They promised me I could be a beta tester, they told me they would help me. Then they just left me out in the cold with brush lag.  My little heart was broken. I never did or said anything mean to them. 

I’m slowly learning the new features in 2017. I’ll let you know what I think when I get them figured out. Mostly, they’re not really for abstract painters. 

For some reason, I’ve fallen in love with the particle brushes. Those were introduced a couple of years ago, I think. I didn’t like them at all. 

However, I’ve been using some fascinating particle brushes made by Skip Allen. That opened up my mind and got me exploring the particle brushes. 

Also, Jason Maranto has a very nice library of brushes at his blog spot blog. 

I’ve been playing with those and having a blast. 

Wandering


This is a watercolor I did in Painter.  I usually do most of my watercolors in an app called Rebelle.  Rebelle acts more like real watercolors.  But the watercolor brushes in Painter are varied and interesting.  This watercolor was done mostly with brushes from Skip Allen, an absolute master of watercolor brushes in Painter.  You can check out his blog here.  He has many great brushes you can download and use with Painter.  He also has tons of videos on how to use Painter.  

Visions

Visions

Visions

This is a painting I recently finished in my iPad Pro.  As many of you know from my previous blogs, I absolutely love my iPad Pro.  I did not expect to like it so much, but I do.

I also love the Apple Stylus or Pencil as they call it.  Apple completely knocked it out of the park when they made this stylus.  There is no drag on the stylus.  It draws just like you are using a real brush.  It is amazing.

On a completely different Apple product, I watched the Apple press conference yesterday.  I swore there was nothing, nothing that could get me to upgrade from my iPhone 6 Plus.  I am perfectly happy with it.  Except for one little thing.  The camera.  Yep.  The camera.  And Apple made a huge improvement in the camera.  They could have made it even better, but at least they are taking us up to 12 mega pixels.  So, yep, I gotta have one.  Plus, guess what?  Apple has learned how to make black.  Well, I gotta have black. I have my choice of matte or gloss.  They are trying to convince consumers that black is a big deal, and I’m falling for it.  But really, black?

Sigh, oh well, I’ll just open my wallet and let Apple pick away.

I look forward to sharing my new sharper photos with you next year when I have my new iPhone 7 Plus.

Additionally, Apple is going to be bringing us, hopefully, a depth of field feature via software.  In the iPhone 7 Plus, one will get an extra lens that zooms.  Go Apple, take my money!

 

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