Category: brushes

Morning Thistles

Morning Thistles

Morning Thistles

Morning Thistles 2

Morning Thistles 2

These are two versions of the same digital pastel. Most mornings I have started doing quick warm-up art.  Nothing special, just warm myself up.

The other morning, I did the first one, I liked it and kept it.  Then I looked at it that evening on my iPhone.  I thought it didn’t have enough “pop.”  I am obsessed with getting my work to pop with lights and darks.

So, on the iPhone, I took the pastel into an app called Diana.  I layered this pastel with another abstract of mine.  I used several filters provided in Diana and came up with some very interesting results.

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.

Take Ten

Take 10

Take 10

I have been in Maui for five weeks.  It was heaven.

While there, I took an ecourse from Tracy Verdugo.  I’ll talk more about this wonderful class in a future post.  It is an amazing painting/mixed media ecourse.  It is absolutely overflowing with wonderful creative material for any kind of artist, including a digital painter like me.  Check out Tracy and future courses here.  Tracy has written a great book entitled Paint Mojo.  That’s what the course was all about, getting on our creative Mojo.  It did.

Tracy not only took us through an entire painting, but gave us an incredible amount of other material.  Each week she gave us several projects to do to rev up our creative juices.  The class was just six weeks, but it will take me many more weeks to finish going through all she offered.

This piece is one exercise from one of the weeks.  We drew a grid and then chose a shape or object to draw.  We were to draw in each box in a different way.  I did a slightly different take on it.

Painter, the app I use to paint with, comes with over 700 brushes in various media.  I have added several hundred more brushes and media.  I have all kinds of media at my hands, not just paint.  Painter will mimic acrylic, oils, pens, pencils, crayon, conté, charcoal, gouache, watercolor, pastels (my favorite at this time), markers, and the list goes on.  It shows strokes in 3D.

I can use any kind of paper texture that I can scan in on my computer.  The brushes will show/interact with the textures of the papers.

There is way more that it can do.  I’ll save that for another post.

What A Ride

What A Ride

What A Ride

This is a digital pastel I did in Painter 2015.

I finally have done a piece I’m happy with.  I have struggled with my art lately.  I know what I want, but I can’t get the message from my brain to the paper.

I am trying to keep my work much looser.  This, I think, is crucial to getting good results.

I used my pastel brushes that I made in Painter 2015 for this pastel.  I am trying to get the effect of dry pastels.

Best of all, I had a lot of fun doing this pastel.

 

New Paintings

Summer Flowers

Summer Flowers

Wildflowers

Wildflowers

Through the DAA (Digital Art Academy), I belong to Karen Bonaker’s Painter Club.  For $50.00 every six months, she puts together excellent three to four hour video tutorials and provides us with great brushes for Painter that she custom makes.

This month was flowers.  The idea of this tutorial was to do one piece using complementary colors and the next piece to use colors from nature.  Complementary colors are those that are opposite each other on the color wheel.  I chose red and green for my first piece.

I started the piece by laying in some light color with a watercolor brush.  Then I used a new brush Karen had provided to dab in some greens.

In Painter X3, Corel added a new feature for the brushes called Jitter.  This had been available before, but now it is available in the grain, opacity and several other settings.  It is supposed to give the brush a more natural look.  I don’t know if it does or not.

I used Karen’s Poppy Brush, with jitter set to four, to make the impressionist-like flowers. Then I turned the jitter option off and made the sharper flowers.

To give some interest to this piece, I used what are called Overlays to start to do something to the background. The first one was a pink and blue one Karen had made.

In Painter, I placed this overlay into the painting on a layer and changed the layer to multiply.  When I add multiply to the layer it becomes transparent.  The colors show, but do not cover the layers underneath.

Next, I used a pattern overlay.  In Painter, patterns are usually just that, patterns.  They can be added in all kinds of ways into the painting.  In this case, the pattern I used was also made by Karen Bonaker.  It was an overlay.  Have I thoroughly confused everyone?

I took down the opacity in both overlays and let just a bit of each show through.  You can see just shades of the pink and blue overlay.  If you look in the stems closely, you can see the drips from the pattern overlay.

After the overlays, I went back with a new leaf brush Karen had provided in this month’s brushes.  I added in a lot of green to the mid area of the painting.

I finished by adding in some stems with a couple of different brushes.

To finish this piece, I used an effect called Equalize.  This adjusts the white and black values of the painting and gives it pop.

The second piece, I am not all that happy with, but I decided to post it.  It started out as a flower, then turned into a landscape.  I spent way too much time on it.  I am determined to start doing my work without taking so long.  I think things turn out better when they are more spontaneous.

At the moment, I’m very confused whether I want to paint realistically or stick to my abstracts.  I really think I use my imagination more in the abstracts.  But the landscapes and realistic pieces seem to be calling my name.

Stay tuned to see what happens.

 

 

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