Category: art

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.

Kaleidoscope Fun In Painter

Karen Bonaker put up a video at DAA Facebook on using the new selection brushes in Painter.  I took off with her suggestion and made these two pieces.  You can check out the DAA here.

The selection brushes are really interesting.  For those of you familiar with digital art, they are the equivalent of marching ants, but you paint them on.

So, I went to Painter’s kaleidoscope feature and turned that on and painted a kaleidoscope with the selection brushes.  Then I painted into the selections or I chose invert and painted outside the selections, depending on the effect I wanted.

Then when I was done, I took the pieces into my iPhone, and used either DistressedFX, Mextures or Shift and gave them a background to tighten them up.

These were a blast to do, and I thank Karen for giving us this idea to use the selection brushes.

Corel released Painter 2018 about a month ago with some very interesting features. I was not going to update this time around.  Corel did not even wait a year to release this update.  To me that is ridiculous.  Once a year is enough for updates.  But in looking at the new features, I decided to go ahead and update.

I am taking Skip Allen’s class at DAA to learn how to use the new features.  We are having a blast in class.  You can check out Skip’s blog here.

A Painting 

This is a quick painting I did on my iPad Pro. 

I am entering my sixth month of a quick three month remodel. OMG what an experience this has been. 

First, I have to say I am honored to have had master craftsmen do the work in my home. But the problems that have come up. The stupidity of their office people. Like why rip out the house and then let it sit for two months and do nothing?  All the while we’re living in it in two rooms and a bath?  I could go on and on. But it will upset me too much. The upset I had with the overpriced and inadequate decorator is unbelievable. Two days after the painter arrived, I was still arguing about colors with her. The first day she came to my house, I showed her the colors I wanted to use. Why did she ignore me?  I can’t believe the screw ups she did. 

She charged us an arm and a leg and contributed zero. 

It’s all a silly game that they play. The homeowner gets screwed. So do the workers I have a feeling. 

My art and photography has suffered so much I can’t believe it. So has my physical health. I developed a stress ulcer and the doctor had to put me on tranquilizers. Over a stupid remodel?  I should be feeling joy from this. Instead, I just feel regret and disgust. 

Everyone tells me I’ll look at this eventually and be glad I did it. I hope so. It cost a lot of money. 

They should be out of here soon. I keep saying that and yet they won’t leave. 

We’ve gone through three painters!  Unbelievable. 

A Beautiful Rose

IMG_1725This is one of the beautiful roses I received for my 41st anniversary on May 29th.  I can’t believe that we have been married that long.  I first met my husband in 1969, and we moved in together in 1970.

Looking at both of us at that time, you would not have thought things would work out.  But they did.  We have had high times and low times.  There was a time I wanted a divorce.  I’m so grateful he said no.  Fortunately, I was so sick with Lyme disease that I couldn’t fuss too much.

What I’ve learned in all these years is that I should keep my mouth shut. I don’t know how successful I’ve really been at that.  I think my husband is the one who has kept his mouth shut and been agreeable and given in way more than me.  That is why I love him so very much.

I shot this rose with my iPhone 7 Plus.  I used the zoom lens.  Then I used Enlight app to edit it.  I am trying out their Beta app at this time.  I like it.  But it looks like they are going to charge a monthly fee for many of their basic features.  That’s too bad.

Then I put it into iColorama and I forget exactly what I did.  There is so much to play with in iColorama, that I can never remember what I did.



Hawthorn Tree, Spring is Definitely Here

Warren and I took a very short walk Saturday. His foot is in one of those walking boot things. He has a pulled tendon in his foot. Not much walking for four weeks. 

Seattle was literally glowing with bright spring colors. It was glorious. It was like all the trees had opened overnight and burst into color.

To take this photo, I used my iPhone 7 Plus. I was in Camera+ in macro mode, so they took away my raw capabilities. But I got a pretty good photo anyway. 

Three Ways To See A Tree

I went for a walk along the beach. I saw this tree and I just had to take her photograph. 

I immediately did what I think people call an emotive edit. It was pretty dark. That is posted at my Digital Bunny Instagram account. You can connect to that account by clicking on it on the right hand side of the screen. 

But then I wasn’t happy with it. So I worked on it some more. 

I now have three more versions of it. So I’m putting those up here. I would basically call these dark, medium and light. 

Initially, I thought I liked the dark one because it had the most intense colors and the most contrast. 

Now I just don’t know. Each photograph offers something unique to the viewer. All tell a story about the tree. They all have interesting textures and shapes. 

I’m relatively new to photography. What I don’t want to do is do what’s been done before. 

I’m retired. I have free time to play. So I want to play with my photos in a new way. I want to do all this on my iPhone and iPad mostly. There is a rumble out there going on in photography. It’s happening on the iPhone and iPads. I want to be part of that. It’s new, and it’s exciting!  It’s very cutting edge. 

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