Sumi Watercolor 3
This is a watercolor I did in Painter 2016.
I started this painting by working with a particle brush to make the dark lines. Then I filled in with watercolors for the rest of the painting.
At the end, I added some collage elements with design paper.
This is a completely different type of painting for me. It was a lot of fun to do. I may do a few more like this.
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.
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.
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.
Got Down Too Tight
I did this painting in Rebelle and Painter 2016. I started it in Rebelle with a wash of watercolors and lots of drips. Then I brought it into Painter and used the equivalent of acrylic brushes to finish the painting.
A Burst of Thunder
I started this painting in Rebelle, like I do all my paintings any more.
I used watercolors and inks and lots of drips.
Then, I brought it into Painter and finished it with acrylic brushes using the new dynamic speckle bristle brushes.
I’m not entirely happy with this piece. I have been very frustrated with my abstracts lately. That must mean I’m about to change how I paint. I don’t know what’s coming, but I’m excited.
I started painting in September 2012. To be honest, I wasn’t very good. I have worked hard at my art and painting, and I know I have improved. I just want to get really good now!
Many artists find a style and stick with it. I don’t want to do that. I want to keep what is mine and unique, but I want to grow as an artist.
I got a video from an artist by the name of John Salminen. He is drop-dead fantastic. Check him out John Salminen.
To me, his abstracts look like realistic paintings and his realistic work looks like abstracts. He does cityscapes and is fantastic at them. I hope his video will be as inspiring as his paintings are.