Roses

This is an image that was done on my iPad using a great app called iColorama. It is also available for the iPhone. It is difficult to fully explain this app. It works in layers but I think only two at a time. I’m currently taking a class to better understand it. It has tons of effects that you can’t even begin to wrap your head around. Then it has brushes. It’s possibilities are unlimited. But in many ways it is not, to me intuitive. At least not coming from Painter, Photoshop and Lightroom, Plus there is no manual. A really odd thing in my opinion. Previously, the app has left me in tears of frustration.

So this class is proving extremely helpful.

After I got done with this in iColorama, I did put it in Procreate and paint the light areas on the yellow petals.

To be honest, this was a pretty crummy photo. I’m amazed it turned out so well. The upper left was completely blown out. To fix that I did take the piece into an app called Touch Retouch which is an all time favorite app of mine. I cloned the blue background on the upper left. I love technology.

Have a great evening.

I Can’t Quit You Baby

This is my most recent painting that I did in Painter. I started it in Rebelle as usual. Rebelle is a digital watercolor app that works just like real watercolor. It is written by digital artists.

I used Artist Oil brushes that I made to paint this. If anyone is interested in these bruins, drop me a line.

This was a very fun piece to paint. I love the colors I chose. They made my mouth water.

Something I discovered in this painting is that I used a more muted color for the leaves. This plays off the bright colors in the flowers and makes the bright show off more.

I know that the impressionists used grey in their paintings to show off their bright colors. I’ve just never totally understood that. But I see it in these leaves and flowers.

Enjoy your day!

A Landscape

Something different for you today. I am mainly an abstract artist. But here is a fun little landscape. I like to try these just to see where they can go.

I did this in Painter by Corel. I love the many things that Painter can do. For instance, it has a perspective tool I used to make sure my path was correct in relation to the horizon.

I used pastels and acrylics to do this piece.

It looked a bit empty when I got done, so I added the guy walking on the path.

I love to do skies that are very colorful. I could sit and paint beautiful sunset or sunrise skies all day.

While I was painting this my goal was to allude to the landscape in the way the impressionists did. They gave an illusion of leaves and let the eye fill in the details.

Log From the Beach

Hi everybody! It’s a new year filled with possibilities! I wish you all a great 2018.

Over Christmas Warren and I went to the Washington coast to Copalis Beach and stayed at an awesome place called Iron Springs. It’s several cabins on a bluff overlooking the ocean. Totally awesome.

I haven’t been feeling well, so it was nice to get out of Seattle for a week. Christmas can be a difficult time. For me, sometimes family makes it even more challenging. So my solution now is a quiet time at the ocean.

The two enhanced photos above are of an interesting log that had been washed up on the beach.

I used several various spps to get the effects. I’m a total app junkie and I’ve been letting most of them just sit on my iPad and iPhone. There are just a very few I usually use. Now, I’m branching out.

Last year I had hoped to take my photography to a step further in an abstract way. But we had our house remodeled. It took over six months and threw my life and ultimately my health in a tailspin.

Dealing with a general contractor and an interior designer that I fought with constantly was horrible. The interior designer could draw up plans, but had different taste than me. I think designers are used to just shoving their ideas and colors down the customer’s throats. I had very specific color ideas and design ideas. So we fought over colors, over floor coverings, everything.

All this and then the contractor was to finish in two months and didn’t.

My art work got pushed aside.

So now I am at 2018 and ready to start exploring where I want to go. There are so many kinds of art or photography out there. I try some of the types of photography art to fit in some place. But I never feel like I click. So I need to just explore, and try to figure out what I want to do.

With photography, I feel like I’ve been trying on all kinds of dresses, but none of them fit.

Things are always changing with my painting. But I’m comfortable with that. It feels like growth to me. I feel very frustrated in photography.

Here’s to an art-filled, creative 2018.

💘

The Daily Walk or Hi Ho Hi Ho It’s Off to Work I Go

One way I take photos is out the window of the car and then pray for a good one. I just put the iPhone up and start shooting as fast as I can.

This photo was taken with my new iPhone X. I have to say that so far I love the camera on the iPhone X. This particular photo doesn’t really do the camera justice. It takes incredibly sharp, crisp, clear photos. I changed this so much, you can’t tell that.

I first put the photo in Enlight which is my go-to editing app on my iPad and iPhone. Then on my iPad, I put it in Lightroom. I really like to use the Color Mix in Lightroom. If I was on my computer, I would have mostly edited the photo in Lightroom. But Adobe still has some things to work out on the iPad. Like when you go to make adjustments, the photo blurs. That makes things difficult for me.

Then I took the photo into Procreate and did the pencil work.

Next, I moved the photo into iColorama. I applied a couple of textures.

My husband is a real purist with photos. I think he is still living back in the 1970’s when photos were done on film. But sometimes, he makes me doubt where I am going with my work.

Last year I really cut back on what I was doing with photos, and I have a great deal of regret, and feel I did nothing but move backwards. I think I just have a different vision. I want to have my photos meet my abstract paintings some place.

We have all these options on our phones and tablets with digital. Why not explore them?

So I already have my New Years resolution for 2018 as to photography, EXPLORE ALL OPTIONS. Leave no stone unturned.

I own a page on Instagram that features artists, photographers and people who do edits. It’s an unusual page as usually an Instagram page just does one of these categories. But I wanted my page, bpa_arts to be as eclectic and interesting as possible. I wanted it to be a place for people who may not fit in any place else to come. I felt that’s where I belonged. I want to belong on my page again.

My Women

I have recently opened my third Instagram account. I decided that I wanted all my paintings in one account. My Seattle account wasn’t the right place for them, and my main account was just too full of too many photographs and edits and other things that I do. My new account can be found at kerrycmitchellpainter.

Then, as soon as I opened it, all of a sudden I started doing faces. I’ve been mostly painting them with watercolors in Rebelle on my computer. The iPad doesn’t have a super good watercolor app. I have used an app called Auryn Ink that’s pretty good, however.

Painter has lots of good watercolors that many people do wonderful things with. I’ve just never clicked with their watercolors. I prefer Rebelle’s watercolors. Probably because it takes less resources.

But I’m having so much fun with these faces. I haven’t done faces in years and I admit to being rusty.

So I headed over to a site called Drawing Coach. It has some very basic videos that are free that tell you where all the parts of the face belong. I got a little fuzzy on where the mouth went. On one of my paintings, it was way over on the left side, Then I had to take the painting into Painter, move it, then fix the blank area in the face, Ugh!

I also know very little about watercolor, but I’m having a lot of fun.

Rebelle recently updated to version 2 and it has improved a lot. More brushes, saves in pdf, etc.

You can get to my first two Instagram accounts by clicking on the links over on the right-hand side.

I’ve Seen You Before

I've Seen You Before

I’ve Seen You Before

This is a painting that I did in Corel Painter.  I promise I won’t bitch about Painter or tech support at Corel.  Actually, in Painter 2018, things are going very smoothly.  Painter released in this version some stability to the application that seems very nice.  They also released for their trick to get you to buy it and/or upgrade a thing called thick paint.  They claim this looks like real paint.  Well hold it, Corel, what have we been using all these years?  Has our paint not looked like real paint all along?

Anyway, maybe this looks more like real paint.  I’m just not sure.  But boy is this stuff thick.  It is like painting with gloop.  I initially stuck my nose up at it and said no way am I painting with this stuff.  Not only because it was gloop but because it has its own separate layer.  It has a separate layer that does not act like a real layer.  So it is isolated.  It will not do many of the things a layer should do.  Plus the brush engine for the thick paint has a lot of controls to figure out.

In the past, Corel rolls out its latest trick brushes and then the next year it acts like it never heard of these brushes.  You are left holding the bag as to these brushes.  Well, why should I learn the complex brush engine of these brushes if Corel is just going to move on to some other trick brushes next year?

Eventually, when I took Skip Allen’s Introduction class, I came to love the brushes Skip made and I used some of these brushes.  But, I’m holding off judgment on them.  I’m not embracing them yet because I’m concerned Corel will not develop them further in the future.  For example see the Dynamic Speckle Brushes that were developed a couple of years ago.  They have great potential. But still need some tweaking.  Hello, Corel, are you ever going to tweak those brushes?  No.  The program is full to the brim of brushes that need a tweak here and a tweak there.

Anyway, I bitched about Corel Painter.  I guess it’s the best thing out there, but they sure can make a person angry with their shortcomings.

This painting I did with my thick paint brushes that I was in the process of making before I knew Corel was going to come out with thick paint brushes.  I started working with the impasto brushes to see how thick I could make them and have them look like real paint.

In the impasto control panel you can pick the depth method.  It is right below the Draw To box.  The Draw To box is where you pick Color and Depth for impasto.  I swear I have never noticed the Depth Method box before.  Probably because the print is so small and there are so many options in Painter.  There is always something new to discover.

Anyway, I started using Paper for Depth Method and it opened a whole new world in Impasto.  Wow!!!  I have a huge collection of papers that give me lots of different depths.  But even if you don’t, just using Painter’s default papers give you a huge variety of textures.  This is especially true if you adjust the contrast and brightness to the paper.  I take the contrast up and bring the brightness down usually.  I believe that Painter reads the dark areas of paper.  Or else it reads the white areas.  But, I’m pretty sure it reads the dark areas.  But experiment for yourself if you need to actually know.  The other adjustments you can make to the paper are the paper scale which can be very important.  Then there is an adjustment for rotation which can play an important part.  Then new to Painter on the grain setting is the Random Grain Rotation setting and the Random Grain Position setting.  I really like the first one.  It makes your strokes on a piece of paper look very real.  Without this setting, you are just repeating a digital pattern.

Be sure to have Grain Expression set to pressure.  Then, and this one I consider essential, be certain that you have set the Brush Calibration for the individual brush.  I think it is essential to do this.  There are many that believe that global brush calibration is ok.  That just is not true, in my opinion.  Set Brush Calibration for every brush.  It makes a huge difference.

I painted this picture with some of my new impasto brushes.  While I was doing that I started goofing around with Liquid Inks.  I then remembered that if you went into the layer settings for Liquid Ink, it would cause the Liquid Ink to become thick and raise up and become 3D.  Wow!!!  Awesome!

OK, Painter really is an awesome app!!!!  It does some awesome things.

So then, I decided, I would have to add some of the thick paint that I wasn’t liking so much.  So grudgingly I put some on here and there with the fabulous brushes that Skip made (see my earlier blog for information on the Intro Class to 2018).  All in all, this was a really fun painting to do.

Oh!!!!  I have to tell you, I have fooled around with this painting since 2014!  I have repeatedly tried to paint it with nothing but failure!  But I got it out this time, now in 2017, and it just came together.  So, never give up on a painting, no matter what.

If you are interested in my brushes and want them, drop me an email.

Kerry

 

 

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