Holiday Open Studio Starts 14 Nov 2015 at Digital Art Academy


Are you ready for Holiday Open Studio Registration; I am.  OMGosh, by the looks of it, I’m really, really ready.  It all starts Saturday, 14 Nov 2015.

Santa Skip by Corel Painter Master Elite, Karen Bonaker, Corel Painter 2016

Santa Skip by Corel Painter Master Elite, Karen Bonaker, Corel Painter 2016

 

Have you registered yet?  There is still time to register before Holiday Open Studio Registration starts this coming Saturday, 14 Nov 2015.

holiday osThe instructors for this year are Corel Painter Master Elite, Karen Bonaker plus professional painter and educators, Elaina Moore-Kelly and Winifred Whitfield.  Oh…me too…I will do a bit of a song and dance the last week of the four-week class.

Karen Bonaker starts the class with Winter Trees in Snow.  Karen demonstrates watercolor, liquid ink, and how to use selections and the image portfolio to create lovely landscapes.  I am looking forward to her week; I love her artistic innovations.  Karen is always an inspiration.

Where is my peace, Watercolor, Corel Painter 2016, Corel Master Painter Elite, Karen Bonaker

Where is my Peace, Watercolor, Corel Painter 2016, Corel Master Painter Elite, Karen Bonaker

DAA closes for Thanksgiving Week, 21 – 27 Nov 2015

In the second week of class beginning 28 Nov., Elaina Moore-Kelly continues with watercolor, which is something new for her.  Since watercolor is my favorite medium, I can’t wait to learn her approach.  Elaina explains using fonts in Painter and adds creative selections to the mix.

Happy Thanksgiving, Corel Painter 2016, Elaina Moore-Kelly

Happy Thanksgiving, Corel Painter 2016, Elaina Moore-Kelly

Winifred Whitfield takes the reins in week 3 creating images inspired by Roy Lichtenstein, the American Pop Artist from the 1960s.  His work defined pop art through parody and he used comic strips as his inspirations.  He used heavy black lines, dots, checks and all sorts of patterns.  Winifred capitalizes on all aspects of Lichtenstein’s work and provides patterns and papers for your explorations.

Corel Painter 2016, Winifred Whitfield

Corel Painter 2016, Winifred Whitfield

And that brings us to week 4, my week.  I planned to demonstrate painting a poinsettia in watercolor, but that may change.  I am waffling.  I spent the last couple of months making pastel variants for Painter.  The new features in Painter 2016 add so much to the look and feel of pastel variants…so…I may switch my week to pastels…or not.  Hey…who knows, I may just do both.  Here is an example of a photograph I took while walking around my neighborhood.  I live in rural Georgia.  And following is the pastel image I did using the photograph as a reference.  It was loads of fun, but I better get with it and decide what I am doing.

Poole Road, Nikon D810, Skip Allen

Poole Road, Nikon D810, Skip Allen

And the image in pastels.

Poole Road Stream, Corel Painter 2016, Custom Pastel Variants, Skip Allen

Poole Road Stream, Corel Painter 2016, Custom Pastel Variants, Skip Allen

OK, if you have read this far, here is a bit of sad news.  Holiday Open Studio has been an annual event at the Digital Art Academy (DAA) for eight years.  But, Karen Bonaker has announced that this will be the last one.  Yes, that is right, this will be the last one.  If you have never participated in a Holiday Open Studio, then don’t miss this last one.  They are so special.  And, if you have been a regular, then do join us for a farewell to Holiday Open Studio.

OK, that’s it from Santa Skip. I hope to see all of you in the class starting Saturday, 14 Nov 2015.

Painter 2016 and Mac OS X 10.11 AKA El Capitan and Wacom’s new Mac Drivers


Hello Everyone,
Apple released a new OS X 10.11 also called El Capitan.   Chris Pierce, the Corel Digital Arts Product Manager posted the following at Painter Factory several days ago.
Painter Update – New Apple OS X 10.11 AKA El Capitan
As you know, Apple released its new OS X 10.11 – AKA El Capitan today. Our top priority is to ensure that you always have a great experience with Painter, and while the Painter team is diligently working on certification testing, we wanted to make our Mac users aware that there is potential for some disruptions with Painter on the new OS. 
 
We strongly encourage you to experiment with the new OS on a test system and not your production system. 
 
We’re working on identifying and fixing any potential issues and will have more news to report shortly. Rest assured, Painter 2016 will be supported on OS X 10.11. 
 
Stay tuned to the Painter Factory for further updates and thank for your patience!!
 
Happy painting!
 
Chris Pierce
Corel Digital Arts Product Manager
Wacom released a similar warning for their users, but yesterday posted an updated driver for Mac users.  So, if you have upgraded to El Capitan, you may want to update your Wacom device to the latest driver for Mac.
PC owners, you are not affected…relax.
Enjoy,
Skip

Portrait Painting with Winifred Whitfield Starts October 3rd


Hello Friends,

Winifred Whitfield has created another class at the Digital Art Academy; Portrait Painting with Winifred Whitfield.  Her classes are very popular and I know this one will be, too.  Winifred is no stranger to portrait painting and has received national and international awards for her portraits.  The class will include demonstrations of many painting techniques, but will focus primarily on blending.  Winifred also shows the important step of preparing the photograph to paint.  She gets the photograph ready in Painter, which negates the need for photography software…everything is done in Painter.

You can see a preview of work created by Winifred in this Portrait Class Preview.

Following in an example of work painted in one of the tutorials for the class:

Created in Painter by Winifred Whitfield

Created in Painter by Winifred Whitfield

Registration is now open and the class starts Saturday, October 3, 2015.

Enjoy,

Skip

 

Corel Painter 2016 Live Tutorial Recordings


Hello Everyone,

I had so much fun yesterday doing the webinars and talking about Corel Painter 2016.  Before I post the videos below, I want to remind you that my class starts tomorrow, Aug 15, 2015.  In class I cover all the stuff in the videos in much more detail and explore much more.

Register for Corel Painter 2016 – New Horizons

I had one session yesterday morning and it was so much fun.  My buddy Corel Painter Master Elite Tim Shelbourne was there and teased me without mercy.  It was a hoot and all in good fun.  I know you will enjoy it.  Winifred Whitfield and Hilary French were there helping, too.  Thank you so much my friends.

I held the second session yesterday evening.  Winifred was back helping manage questions.  Thank you so much Winifred.  Also attending was Corel Painter Master Elite Helen Yancy.  I quickly made her an organizer allowing her to interact with Winifred and me.  It is so much easier when I have someone to talk with while doing a demonstration.  Helen, thank you so much for letting me impose on you.

OK, now you have the two videos to watch.  They are also on You Tube.

Hey, have you discovered the link to get Corel Painter 2016 upgrade for $99.00 US.  Here it is.

Limited Special Upgrade Price for Corel Painter 2016

OK, don’t forget to register for my class.

Corel Painter 2016 – New Horizons

Enjoy,

Skip

 

 

 

Let’s Celebrate 1,000,000 Views with Live Sessions…Join Me Today. Live Corel Painter 2016 Demonstrations


Hello Everyone,

OMGosh, the blog hits 1,000,000 views today.  I cannot believe it.  I know that is small numbers compared to a lot of blogs, but it is a big number to me.  Thank you bunches and bunches for your support.  I have loved doing the blog and meeting all of you.

So, to celebrate, I scheduled two live sessions.  One this morning and one this evening.  Please feel free to join one or both of them.  What will the webinar be about?  I don’t know…you tell me.  I know I will play in Corel Painter 2016 and the rest is up to you.  I will answer questions and take requests; as long as the requests are about painting.  I can’t sing or dance, but I can juggle oranges.  Shoot, I just checked and I don’t have any oranges, so that is not an options.  Anyway, come on by and let’s talk Painter 2016

The first webinar starts today, Aug 13, 2015 at 11:00 AM EDT (Eastern Daylight Savings Time)

Register Here for Morning Webinar

The second webinar starts today, Aug 13, 2015 at 8:00 PM EDT (Eastern Daylight Savings Time)

Register Here for the Evening Webinar

You can join either webinar during the session…just click the link.

Here are a couple of images created in Painter 2016

I love doing this style.  It is pretty fast…just make a few quick strokes and let the water flow do the rest.

Waterfall, inky landscape done in Corel Painter 2016

Waterfall, inky landscape done in Corel Painter 2016

And y’all know I love anything in a Sumi-e style.

Orchid, Watercolor, Done in Corel Painter 2016

Orchid, Watercolor, Done in Corel Painter 2016

This last one is a work in progress.  I need to get back to it.  Images that take a while to do, tend to bore me and I stop working on them, but I like the way this one was going.

Great Blue Heron, Work in Progress, Watercolor, Corel Painter 2016

Great Blue Heron, Work in Progress, Watercolor, Corel Painter 2016

 

Since I usually work in watercolor, I might try playing with oils and dry media in the Webinars.

OK…hope some of you can make the webinar.

Enjoy,

Skip

Impressive New Wacom Driver Makes Custom Palettes


Hello Everyone,

What a difference a day makes.  Yesterday, I wondered if I had done the right thing installing the new Wacom driver; today, I am glad I did.  OMGosh, the new driver can make custom palettes…actually they are like the radial menu, but I believe that the users will embrace the new way to create radial menus more than they did previously. But, first…let’s talk about other stuff I discovered today.

First thing I did was uninstall the driver I had installed yesterday.  Then I downloaded the driver directly from Wacom.  BTW, the legacy drivers have not been updated…just the Cintiqs, Cintiq Companion products, Intuos Pro and Intuos.  You can download the driver from Wacom Drivers.  I didn’t have the trouble with the installation, so, if you plan on updating, I would suggest uninstalling your current driver, disconnect your tablet from your computer, install the new driver, and finishing, then reconnect your tablet.

Unfortunately, some of the issues I saw yesterday were still there this morning.  I talked with my mate, Tim Shelbourne in England, and we met via G2M and had a great deal of fun sorting it all out.  This first video talks about some of the stuff we discovered and what I needed to do to correct any problems that occurred yesterday.  If you are not interested in that, but want to find out about the Custom Palettes, skip to the next video.

In the next video I talk about a really neat function available with the new driver.  You can now display the radial menu in single column, double column, single row, or double row.  It seems more familiar than the radial method and reminds me a great deal of the way Painter handles custom palettes.  I think Painter users will love it.  In the video I wasn’t so sure, but I have changed my mind.  And, I think Photoshop users are going to really love it the most because this will be the first time they can make custom palettes.  Remember, it is the same as the radial menu, but that configuration never caught the public’s eye.  I think the new method will.  Here is the video…enjoy.

Give the new driver a try and let me know if you like the new way of doing the Radial Menu.  Don’t forget, you can go back a few posts and get my custom shortcut keys for Painter and for the Wacom.

Enjoy,

Skip

New Brush Packs from Corel Painter


Hey Y’all,

Here is something really new.  I just noticed that Corel Painter has a new product available, Brush Packs.  There are nine different brush packs created by professionals in specific fields.  All look very interesting.

Don’t have Painter 2015, no problem, six of the sets are compatible with Painter X3 and 12.  Three of the sets are particle brushes and those, of course, are not compatible with versions earlier than 2015.

I haven’t downloaded and played with any of the brushes, but I will.  I’m reviewing them now to decide what I want to buy.  There is a watercolor set; I must have those. :)  I am very curious about the Particle sets, so I am sure I will try one of those.

OK…go check the New Brush Packs out.  As soon as I download one and give it a try, I’ll let you know what I think.

New Brush Packs for Corel Painter

New Brush Packs for Corel Painter

Enjoy,

Skip