Here is a painting that I did in Painter. Yes, I actually did a painting in Corel Painter. When I last posted a painting from Painter, I was probably struggling with Painter 2016 in all of its bugginess. It had the absolute worst brush lag you could imagine. Someone from Painter was allegedly helping me. I use that word lightly because after he found out I had a very expensive computer and all my software was up-to-date, he just quit speaking to me. He disappeared! This is after asking me to be a beta tester. He just fell into a black hole. His name is Steve. Where are you Steve? Where all Corel Painter people go when they have to admit that it is their application that is at fault.
In some black hole. I hope it smells bad there.
Anyway, Corel released version 2017, guess what the brush lag miraculously disappeared! Wow! So, it wasn’t my computer, it wasn’t my brushes, it wasn’t my fault. Now, eight months later (are you kidding me, they can’t even wait one year for an update????) they released 2018. That was in August. In August of 2017, they release a version called Painter 2018. They are getting ridiculous. But, of course, I purchased it. There were some updates I wanted.
Skip Allen was giving his annual (soon it will be semi-annual at the rate Corel is going) class at the Digital Art Academy. You can check out his blog here.
You can check out the class here. Skip’s class was awesome. I think you can still sign up for it, I’m not sure. I’ve taken his Intro Class to Painter since Painter released X3, the 2013 version. This was by far the very best class ever. We had a blast in class and learned so much. Skip is an awesome teacher and spends endless time preparing videos and answering questions.
This painting is a multi-media one. I used watercolors. I never use watercolors in Painter, but I broke that rule for class and did. Then I also used acrylics. I had a lot of fun. This is an abstract that is unlike most of my abstracts. I used the watercolors to get the paper textures in the various areas. It is an interesting technique that I plan to use again.
Karen Bonaker put up a video at DAA Facebook on using the new selection brushes in Painter. I took off with her suggestion and made these two pieces. You can check out the DAA here.
The selection brushes are really interesting. For those of you familiar with digital art, they are the equivalent of marching ants, but you paint them on.
So, I went to Painter’s kaleidoscope feature and turned that on and painted a kaleidoscope with the selection brushes. Then I painted into the selections or I chose invert and painted outside the selections, depending on the effect I wanted.
Then when I was done, I took the pieces into my iPhone, and used either DistressedFX, Mextures or Shift and gave them a background to tighten them up.
These were a blast to do, and I thank Karen for giving us this idea to use the selection brushes.
Corel released Painter 2018 about a month ago with some very interesting features. I was not going to update this time around. Corel did not even wait a year to release this update. To me that is ridiculous. Once a year is enough for updates. But in looking at the new features, I decided to go ahead and update.
I am taking Skip Allen’s class at DAA to learn how to use the new features. We are having a blast in class. You can check out Skip’s blog here.
Out In A Flash
I have faithfully posted every painting I have done since I started my blog. Then my husband retired. I always did anything blog related during lunch. Well, now I eat lunch with my husband. I can’t fit blogging into my life. But I loved to blog. I loved the few blog buddies I made. They were great friends. I had some loyal followers. I chatted back and forth with a few people.
I miss blogging,
But I just can’t fit it in like I used to. I don’t want to take my site down, but I probably should. I put up a post and get three likes at the most.
I keep hoping it will work out somehow.
Blogging saved me, I was stuck in bed for over 18 years with Lyme disease. I’ve finally gotten better. That’s also probably why I can’t fit in blogging. I actually have a life now. Not a real big one, but it keeps getting bigger.
Anyway, I’m going to start by not posting every painting I paint. First, some aren’t that good. Second, I just can’t keep up. Third, I’m posting them all over at Instagram, if anyone has s burning urge to see all my art, go there. Then you can also see my photography.
Yes, I’m doing photography now. I even have a macro lens for my iPhone. I bought an Olloclip macro, it is totally awesome.
The painting is called Out In A Flash. I painted it with some awesome brushes made by Skip Allen. You can check out his super blog at http://skipallenpaints.com.
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 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.