Category: paintings

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.

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!

 

Abstract Painting

Untitled 22

Untitled 22

This is a new painting from my iPad Pro.  When I initially purchased the iPad Pro, I did not expect much from it.  I thought I would edit some photos on it, and do this and that.  But, OMG, the iPad Pro can do so much!  I love it.  When combined with the Apple Pencil, it is a powerful new digital tool for the digital artist.  And, this is just the first one.  As technology grows and expands, it will only get better.

I have always painted on my computer on an app called Painter, made by Corel.  Well, this last year, I have had nothing but heartache from Painter.  Corel, has done its usual thing of doing nothing to help the customer.  So, I have headed out in the world looking for alternatives to Painter.  I am shocked that I am finding them on my iPad Pro.

I did this painting in an app called Procreate on my iPad Pro.  In Procreate you can paint on any size canvas that you choose.  You can pick your dpi.  So this canvas is about 31″ x 13″ at 150 dpi.  If I tried to put this on Painter, the poor old thing would crash and burn.  I have also used large-sized canvases at 300 dpi on Procreate. What is great about Procreate is the huge number of undo’s you can have.  Like 200 and some. Painter would never stand for that. It would spit and cough and carry on and do everything but paint smoothly.  Also Procreate has fabulous customer service.  You can contact them directly on the internet; and I have even contacted them on Instagram and gotten responses.  Even to the most mundane of questions.  There they are.  There is a good community backing up Procreate where you can exchange brushes.

There is another painting app that I am finding to be excellent it is called Paintstorm Studio.  It is completely awesome.  It is going to be a real competitor to Painter.  You can use it on your iPad and on your computer.  The only problem with it is that it has a very sophisticated brush engine.  The developers are Asian.  So, there are no written instructions at this time.  You can watch some really fast videos.  But I need written, understandable instructions.  I keep making runs at Paintstorm, and eventually, I will figure it out.  But a written manual would be nice.

I didn’t really mean to talk about software, but there you have it, a little software review.

I had a lot of fun painting this abstract. It is an odd size.  It is a size that I haven’t tried before, but I rather like it.  It is fun to try different sizes. I’ve painted on a square for way too long. It was a joy to be able to paint and not have my app have brush lag and spit at me!

 

I’m Back!

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I think my decision to not post every single painting I do has freed me to blog.

I am painting way faster than I used to.  Plus, I’m also doing photography.  To post every painting and every photograph is unrealistic.  In addition, not all of them are worthy of viewing.  I know, it’s sad but true.  My husband puts it this way.

Look at baseball players.  If they hit .400 they are considered amazing.  But very few of them have ever had a .400 career.  Then look at most pitchers.  They can’t usually hit at all.  Of course, they pitch.

I have to admit, not all my paintings are home runs.  I’m not even hitting .400.  But I’m doing better than I used to.  Practice. That’s what makes the difference. And classes.

Also being in touch with other artists is very important. Then I find out that what I experience is not unique.  The older I get, the more I find that what I experience is most likely experienced by other human beings.

Just this last weekend, I was watching a video done by digital artists Aaron Rutton (http://aaronrutton.com) and Skip Allen (http://skipallenpaints.com).  The screen was split in two.  On one side, Skip was painting some beautiful watercolor flowers.  Aaron was hosting Skip and was just kind of doodling and not trying very hard. Frankly, he was making a mess.

Then Aaron checked on the size of his audience.  He saw they had 95 viewers.  He decided he should up his game.  He drew this fabulous portrait.  That’s what happens to me if I don’t try hard enough.  I draw a mess.

Then, Skip showed some flowers he had done in preparing for the video they were doing.  He was unhappy with his results in the video.  He thought they were too tight.  He showed his first flowers and how loose they were and how as he went forward they kept getting tighter.  They looked pretty good to me.  But I completely related to what he was saying.  The more I work at my art, the tighter it gets.

Until I saw that video, I thought I was the only person cursed with this problem.  But, no, yet again, I find I’m just like other people.  If I don’t pay attention to my art when I’m doing it, I get a mess. If I’m not careful, it gets too tight very fast.

That, finally, brings me to the above painting.  I did this on my new iPad Pro. I love painting on it. I am using the painting app Procreate which is totally awesome.  It comes with a ton of brushes in all kinds of media.  It works extremely well with the Apple Pencil. I’m fact, this last weekend, they had an update to make it even more compatible with the Apple Pencil.

This morning I was working on this painting, and I had this crisis.  I really wanted to do more to it.  But I knew if I did it would get tight and be ruined.  I find I always am doing that to my paintings.  Too tight.  So, even though this feels unfinished, I’m calling it finished.  It was really hard to sign it and put it up.  Every fiber in my body wants to do more to this.  But I’m not going to.  Just this once.  Then I’ll see what happens next painting.

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