Category: digital art

Come Fly With Me

This is a painting I recently did in Corel Painter 2019. Painter is an app for the computer. It has just about every type of artistic media you can think of: pens, pencils, oils, watercolor, pastel, crayons, etc. It literally has hundreds of brushes. Over the years, I’ve collected thousands of brushes.

It has a pretty steep learning curve. But there are lots of videos available and classes available.

I did this piece using brushes I made myself. I pretty much only use brushes that I make anymore. I find that after having used Painter for such a long time, I’m very particular about my brushes. I want a brush(es) that’s going to do exactly what I want it to do.

I like getting new brushes from others, but I always will tweak them a bit to suit my needs.

Enjoy!

Alone In The Desert

This is a painting I recently finished in Painter 2019. I’m finding that I really like this version of Painter. It was released last summer. Rather than give us some gimmick like they usually do, they made all kinds of fixes under the hood. The app works so much better. It’s smoother than it used to be.

Usually I bitch about Painter quite a bit. But not right now. I’m very happy with it. They finally fixed most (not quite all) of what drove me crazy. Bravo Corel.

It’s a joy to paint and not have these buggy frustrations occur.

It’s my belief we are in the dinosaur era of digital. So we live in the equivalent of the pioneer days when people used to chop down their own tree to make wood for the fire place. Just think of what computers will be someday.

Enjoy your day.

It Was Up To Her

This is a painting that is different for me. First, the colors are more muted. This must be due to getting the huge cataract out of my left eye. It’s not like I have a foggy curtain over my eye any longer. Does this mean I won’t do my bright paintings any more? They have been my signature for the last seven years. But perhaps it is time to move on. Second, the whole feel of the painting is different. It’s in a new direction. It goes down a different road. A road I have wanted to travel for a long time. But I didn’t know how to get there. There was no map. But I finally found another artist who’s giving ideas on Instagram and You Tube. Her name is Pat Butinsky. I really like her art. It’s free and fun.

Just the opposite of what I’ve been doing lately which has been tight and not so much fun.

Done in Painter 2019.

Wondering

This is the second in a series of obscured portraits. I am doing these as a result of a really wonderful class I’ve been taking from Tricia Dewey. You can get information on the class here. She also has many other great classes that you can check out.

I did this piece on my iPad Pro. The apps I will discuss can also all be used on an iPhone.

I applied several textures. Some were textures I had taken at the ocean last Christmas.

I started out with an app I’ve had around for a long time and not used much. I think I had really under rated it. It’s called Repix. I really like the brushes down towards the end. Especially charcoal, chalk, Van Gogh and drips.

I took the piece into Snapseed and applied one of the new looks they have. I think I used Accentuate to bring out the colors in the piece.

Then I took it into iColorama and used the Paint brushes. I also applied Style/Coherence. iColorama is the app that just keeps on giving. Just when I think I might have it somewhat figured out, I find out more.

I enjoyed making this obscured piece. I hope you enjoy it.

Sarcasm

I am taking a class from my friend Tricia Dewey. It is called Obscured. You can check it out here.

We are working on portraits and obscuring them. It’s very interesting.

We are working on our iPads. The main app we are using is Art Studio Pro. It is very close to Photoshop. I am pleasantly surprised by this. It is a very robust app and you can use very large documents with many layers and we are using 50 undo levels.

You can import all the Photoshop brushes, gradients, patterns, etc.

We are also using Snapseed, and Repix.

In this image I started with iColorama using the Brush in Rebound to lay down textures and then moved into Art Studio Pro as well as the other two apps.

Tricia has many other wonderful classes at her web site that are well worth checking out.

These apps can all be used on the iPhone.

Have a great day.

Somebody Loves Me

This is my latest painting done in Corel Painter 2018 and Rebelle by Escape Motions.

I started it in Rebelle which is a fabulous app that mimics watercolors. It acts exactly like you are painting with real watercolors! Absolutely amazing. I use it to make drips. Which Painter just can’t do.

I ended up covering up all the drips but I left some of the watercolor blending. It’s really so subtle and wonderful.

In Painter I used acrylics to paint in textures. You get textures based on which papers you choose. Then you adjust your brush settings to the amount of paper texture you want.

After that I moved on to my present favorite thing to do. That is add liquid inks. They paint on their own layer. That’s because their layer had these special settings where you can tell the ink to become thick. Which I did. So that’s the lines that are standing up. Also the dots on those lines.

I finished with regular inks.

A very fun piece to work on.

Definitely this piece was an adventure for me.

Enjoy your day!

Stretch As Far As You Can

This is another edit I did in iColorama. The beautiful dancer is from Pixabay. There are roses and trees in here that I shot. The purple flowers are from freepng.

I’m having a lot of fun in iColorama. My skills are building on themselves.

On Instagram, this piece has been my most popular piece so far.

But I have this nagging question. Is it my work or the work of this dancer that is touching people? I really believe it is mostly the latter. She is on her bare feet and on her toes in a perfect stance. Yes, I did good edit work. But without her, the piece would be lacking.

I am very critical of people on Instagram who get beautiful photos from Unsplash and put them together in an edit and then somehow think they have done something marvelous. When in fact, it is the photography that is carrying the edit.

It is a tight line we walk when we use other people’s work in our edits.

I’m not entirely comfortable with this. I’m new to doing this and I don’t know how much longer I’ll be doing this.

I’m going to have to think this over.

Due to health constraints, I don’t get out much to photograph. So I’m stuck using copyright free photos by others.

Anyway, this edit is about stretching yourself as far as you can. Because you never know what you’ll find when you do.

If you look close, you’ll see our dancer has found a beautiful bird that is bringing her happiness and a smile!

Have a great day!

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