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.
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.
This is an abstract that I did while on a recent trip to Maui. I think I was somewhat influenced by some Hawaiian colors.
I did this on my iPad in an app called Procreate. Procreate is a go-to app for many artists who paint on their iPads. It is sold as an illustration app, but I use it as a painting app with no problems.
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.
iColorama is an app that is very difficult to master. In fact, I bet that aside from the woman who wrote the software, there are very few people who can tell you everything this app does. But, there is so much this app does it’s amazing. Once you get familiar with it and start to understand how it works, you find that the possibilities are endless. It also has a sister app called Metabrush. But I’ll leave that and it’s other sister app iColorama Painter for some other blog.
I’m currently taking a class by two women that both use iColorama to teach the class. It’s an ok class. But I am disappointed they did not cover the app more in depth and go over more of its features. For what I paid for the class, I expected more explanations about the app.
What the class has done is get me using the app more often and exploring it more on my own.
I did learn a few basic things that I had not quite fully understood before.
It also has me doing some different kinds of edits than I normally do.
Unfortunately iColorama is only available for iPad and iPhone.