I started doing photography a few years ago. Initially I just assumed my art skills would transfer over and all would be fine and I’d be a great photographer.
Well, that was foolish. Photography is a whole art unto itself
I have decided to explore photography on my iPhone. It has a fairly good camera. There are apps you can get for it that let you take macro shots and make any other adjustments you want to.
Then, there are literally hundreds of apps to use in processing your photos.
Being the color freak I am, I usually can’t just leave my photos alone.
I’ve included two examples of what I’m doing with my photos.
I recently bought an iPad Pro along with the Apple stylus. I didn’t know it, but apparently the Apple stylus is the only one that doesn’t have some kind of drag on a tablet. I am totally delighted with the iPad Pro and its stylus. I highly recommend both. I have a desktop computer with 32 GB of RAM and an i7 processor. I demand a lot out of my computers when I am doing graphics.
I am using an app called Procreate (check it out here). It claims to be the most advanced painting app ever created. I don’t know about that. But it is very cool. It comes with a lot of brushes and you can make your own. Also, you can import other brushes from friends, if you have any who are making Procreate brushes. They have a community that does not seem too active on their website.
I find their painting app to be totally awesome! Having used many, many painting apps over the years, I feel qualified to say this. While this app is not Painter. I will say that in some good ways it is not Painter. It does not have brush lag and it is not buggy. It works smoothly and responds well. I love it. It does not have the variety Painter has.
However, if you’re looking for the variety of Painter, check out a new app called Paintstorm here. That is an app that may come along and bite Painter. Not only can you use it on your iPad, but you can use it on your computer. It is also awesome. But it is more difficult to figure out and their videos do not have words, so it is very challenging. I need some more time to completely figure it out.
I did this painting in Procreate and had a lot of fun doing it. It did not crash on me one single time while I did the painting. That meant I did not have to start the painting over again. What a delight.
I started this painting in Rebelle, a watercolor app. Then I brought it into Painter and finished it with acrylic-like paints.
I am calling this the Outsider. The little bird on the left wants to join the two birds on the right. But, they are busy gossiping. He feels very left out. The two birds will let him join them as soon as they finish their gossip.
I think there’s a lesson here. Don’t gossip. People know they shouldn’t. These two birds that are gossiping are embarrassed to have the little bird join them because they know gossiping is wrong. Really, it’s none of your business.
This painting is a different one for me. It’s a different style than what I usually do.
I started it off in Rebelle with watercolors and inks as usual. But I didn’t do a lot of drips like I usually do.
So, when I brought this into Painter, there were some different things to play with to make a painting.
I used Dynamic Speckle brushes. These brushes are driving me nuts. They seem to cause Painter to lag. When I switch from one brush to the other, there is a very long pause before the new brush will start to paint.
I have talked to Corel, the manufacturer of Painter about this. I got their typical response. First, they try to blame me or my computer. When they can find no fault there, they disappear and stop all communication. That company sucks. I would never buy from them. Except there is no choice.
However, they sell other software. I advise you to look elsewhere. I do.
Corel is a company that doesn’t give a damn about their customers.
Driving Home Ain’t What It Used To Be
This is another painting using impasto brushes.
As usual, I started this painting in Rebelle, using watercolors and inks to make lots of drips and other interesting shapes and lines.
Then, I took it into Painter and added the impasto brushes.
I’m thinking of changing my blog. I started this blog because I was very ill with what was diagnosed at Fibromyalgia and Lyme disease. Well, it turns out I just had Lyme disease. I’m feeling better after four long years of treatment for the Lyme.
I am out and about walking and doing other things I haven’t been able to do in almost 20 years. I want my blog to be a celebration of the new me. I’m going to keep the name of my blog, but change the description.
It turns out that I also have atypical migraines. I have had a bad bout with that. But, hooray, there’s a medication for that. I’m on it, and that is resolving. I’ve had that since 1983. So, things are really looking up in my life. I hope your life is going well.
I decided that I wanted more texture in my paintings. So I started exploring impasto brushes in Painter.
This is my first effort in trying out Painter’s impasto brushes.
I started this painting in Rebelle and finished it in Painter.
This painting is one I started before I went to Maui, last October. It has sat, waiting patiently for me to finish it.
I find that it is often hard to go back to a painting that has waited for me for a long time. My painting style, to me, feels like it changes a lot every month. To go back, sometimes, feels odd. It’s like, I’ve been here, I’ve done that. I want to move on.
But, I also don’t like to leave a painting unfinished. So, finish it, I did.