Color Harmony, Corel Master Painter Karen Boniker’s Newest Painter Focus Class


Corel Master Painter Karen Boniker holds a series of classes called Painter Focus.  Each is wonderful.  I have loved each one.  Color Harmony starts on Saturday, Jan 19, 2013.  Registration closes tomorrow…I think at the end of the day, but I’m not sure…it is best to register right away.

You can register here: Painting with Color Harmony

Karen's Red Roses Painted in Corel Painter 12.2

Karen’s Red Roses Painted in Corel Painter 12.2

What it’s all about:

Where: Online working at your own Pace
Appropriate for: Beginners and Beyond
When: January 19th-26, 2013

Included in the Workshop:
  • Enjoy two live sessions with your Instructor Painter Master Karen Bonaker
  • Learn new tips on using color and picking colors from your source images
  • How to avoid common mistakes with color
  • How to mix colors for perfect color harmony
  • In depth exercises that will get you thinking about your color choices
  • Video demos, step by step downloadable files, tips and tricks
  • Support and feedback with Master 24/7
  • Final live Critique and Q&A Session, all live sessions are recorded if you cannot attend

Do join the class…you will be glad that you did.  Karen is wonderful and so helpful to everyone.

Enjoy,

Skip

Brush Installation Tips and Don’t Forget, Holiday Open Studio Starts Tomorrow, Still Time To Register


Hello Everybody,

I have a couple of announcements before we get to the fun stuff, brush installation tips.

Today is my Birthday. :)  And look what I have been doing…working on this silly blog…LOL…actually it has been fun.

Holiday Open Studio starts at DAA tomorrow.  Registration is still open and will remain open through Saturday week, so you have plenty of time to register, but don’t wait.  Register now and start the class with the rest of us tomorrow.  You can start anytime tomorrow because the lessons are all downloadable.  There will be two live sessions; one during the first week and one during the third week.  Of course more are possible.  I like live meetings.

If you do register, one of the first things you will see is a warm-up forum.  Early registrants have been posting warm-up images using Buttery Oils, Karen’s Impressionist Sky, and a couple of other things that escape me at the moment.  I just got permission from my good friend, Kathy Pilgrim, to post her lovely Fall Excursion painting.  Isn’t it beautiful.

Kathy Pilgrim’s Fall Excursion, Painter 12.2 > Buttery Oils

To find out more and register go to Holiday Open Studio.  I hope to see y’all in class.

OK, lets talk about Corel Painter 12.1 and later brush installation.  I know, I have talked about it many times, but trust me, this is something new.  I am often asked how to install downloaded brush zip files and not in one of the new file types that Corel Painter uses to automatically install a library, category or variant.  The files in question, look like this; Name.brushlibrary, Name.brushcategory, and Name.brushvariant.  Name is the name of the library, category or variant.  But the file you have to install is Name.zip, which will not work using the new automatic installation.  What do you do?

Surprise, the two types of files are actually the same except for the extension.  That means that they are interchangeable.  Yep, that opens a whole new ballgame.  Check out the video for more information.

Well that’s it.  I hope you enjoyed the video.  Please join us in Holiday Open Studio.

Skip

Watch Me Prepare for Holiday Open Studio


Hi Gang,

In my last post, I admitted that I am just starting to prepare for Holiday Open Studio.  To prepare, I do a number of sketches of my subject.  I use a variety of photo references.  After I feel like I know my subject, then I paint the final image without references.  I will record the final image and that recording along with other tips becomes the lesson.

Woohoo, this is scary.  I have never published something like this.

I start by sketching the subject with a custom variant called Skip’s sharp pencil.  I don’t think I have ever posted it for download.  I follow the pencil sketch with a painted sketch…at least that is what I call them.  Some are OK, others are not.  Here is the image that you will see painted.  Cut me some slack; it is my first try.

Poinsettia, First Try

Here is the video.  I hope you enjoy my struggles.

UPDATE:  There appears to be something wrong with the video. I have deleted it and will repair it and post in the morning.  Sorry for the bad video.

UPDATE 2, 10/26/2012.  This morning I have tried to repair the video with no success.  I’m going to re-process and see if that will fix it.  Give me a couple of hours and I should have something.  So sorry about this problem. 

UPDATE 3, 10/26/2012:  I give up.  I have done everything I know to fix the video, but I’ve had no success.  I will be doing more of these paintings and I’ll record the next one and post.  I honestly do not know why the video flickered so violently.  There seemed to be a black frame between two good frames.  Again, I am so very sorry for the mess up.

Now I have to run and do some more stuff, so I’ll be ready for class.  Hope you join us for some Holiday fun.

Skip

Holiday Open Studio, Digital Art Academy, Registration is open!


Hello Everyone,

It’s time for the Holidays!

It is that time of year again. And I say Yahoo! That’s right Corel Painter Master Karen Bonaker’s annual Holiday Open Studio starts November 17, 2012 and ends December 14, 2012.  You will want to register for Holiday Open Studio here.

Elaina Moore-Kelly and I will join Karen again this year.  Karen will start the class off on Week 1, with Fall Landscapes.  As usual, her demonstrations will be in Painter 12, but students can use any software they like.  Folks use Photoshop, Art Rage, and earlier versions of 12.  Both Karen and I will primarily use Buttery Oils.  Check out this beautiful painting of Karen’s using combining watercolor brushes, Bristly Dabs, and Buttery Oils.

Fall is in the Air

I love fall colors.  I am going to have fun.

Elaina has week two.  She is a card maker extraordinaire.  Elaina describes her class this way, “Wouldn’t it be great to send out your own hand-crafted cards this year? Join me this week as I demonstrate how to make and print your own unique cards while you learn how to do some crafty tricks using Painter 12.”  I hope I send cards this year.  I’ve been so bad about it for so long…sigh.  Maybe with Elaina’s help, I’ll send some this year.  Take a look at Elaina’s beautiful work.

Card from Holiday Open Studio

Week 3 and I’m up.  OK, can I be honest?  I haven’t prepared the class, yet.  I’ve started but have a bunch to do.  I know that I am going to work with Buttery Oils, as well, but no landscapes.  I’m going floral.  Still life or just floral, I’m not sure yet.  I thought it might be fun to give you a little insight into the preparations I do for a class.  I usually have to do a number of painting sketches to learn my subject.  These studies are never posted…yuck…they are just trials.  But, for fun, right after this post, I will post a video of my first practice with a poinsettia.  I think you will find it interesting.  So to see my example, check out my next post.

Karen brings Week 4 with snow scenes.  It’s a toss-up which class I’m most excited about.  I think all four will be terrific.

I know you will love Holiday Open Studio.  Remember it is for anyone, beginner to advanced users.  There is lots of sharing and we learn as much from each other as we do from the instructors.  I know I learn tons from Elaina and Karen.

Here is the link for registration again.  Holiday Open Studio.

Hope to see everyone there.  I promise you will enjoy it.  It’s like one big family.

Skip

New at Digital Art Academy…Open Enrollment classes


Corel Master Painter Karen Bonaker has announced a change at the Digital Art Academy (DAA).  We now have a type of class that has open enrollment.  This means that you can enroll in the class at anytime, starting tomorrow and continuing through October 2012.  When you enroll, all class materials will be available for download immediately, which means you do not have to wait for a week to download week 2 materials, all will be available once your registration is confirmed.  You can work the course at your leisure.  The instructor will be available to answer questions posted in the question forums.  Please post your questions in the appropriate question forum; post week one questions in week one forum, etc.

Registration begins tomorrow, Jun 1st.

Session 3 of instructor lead courses starts August 4 and ends Aug 31st.  Registration for these courses will be open on Jun 30th.

Here is a list of current courses, but others are being developed.

Registration for the Introduction to Painter 12 series of Open Enrollment classes opens on June 1 and will remain open through October 15, 2012.

Introduction to Corel Painter 12: Part 1 Instructor: Elaina Moore-Kelly

Introduction to Corel Painter 12: Part 2 Instructor: Elaina Moore-Kelly

Introduction to Corel Painter 12: Part 3 Instructor: Elaina Moore-Kelly

Painter 12 – A New Beginning Instructor: Skip Allen

ArtRage Pro

ArtRage Pro-Brush Course-Watercolor and What’s New in ArtRage 3.5 Instructor: Karen Bonaker

ArtRage Mixed Media Instructor, Karen Bonaker

Corel Painter 11

Introduction to Corel Painter 11 Instructor: Skip Allen

Corel Painter: Beyond the Basics-Painter 11 Instructor: Skip Allen

Painter 11-Advanced Techniques Instructor: Skip Allen

Open Studio Street Scenes Instructor, Karen Bonaker

INSTRUCTOR LEAD COURSES-SESSION 3-STARTS AUGUST 4th thru AUGUST 31st. REGISTRATION OPENS JUNE 30th

Instructor Lead courses – Session 3 August 4th thru August 31st- Check back for new course offerings.

The Basics of Watercolor in Painter 12 Instructor: Skip Allen

The Basics of Brush Making, Painter 12 Instructor: Skip Allen

Learning to Paint Elements in the Watercolor Landscape with Corel Painter 12 Instructor: Joan Hamilton

Hope this is helpful and I hope to see you in a class in the future.

Cheers,

Skip

Corel Painter 12 Classes Start April 7, 2012 at Digitial Art Academy


Hello Everyone,

It is that time again.  The next session at the Digital Art Academy(DAA) begins on Saturday, April 7th.  Registration is open and will remain open until Friday, April 13th.  Gosh, Friday week is the 13th…I wonder if there will be a new Friday the 13th movie.  I digress. Let’s get back to those classes.  If you have never taken a class at DAA, taking one is a real treat.  And if you have taken one, I’m sure you are ready to take another one.  The participants of the class download all the lessons and resources and can use them at their leisure.  Most classes have PDFs and video lessons.  Some classes have live sessions using Go To Meeting.  The live sessions are recorded and available to all.  The teachers are laid back, informative, and always ready to answer questions, and comment on the work.  Here is a rundown of the current classes.

For Painter 12 beginners, Elaina Moore-Kelly returns with Introduction to Painter – Part 1 and 2.  Part 3 will be coming next session I understand.  You will love Elaina’s classes.  They are very detailed and cover everything.  She uses a lot of PDFs, which makes referring to the materials very easy.  These classes are very reasonably prices, as are all DAA classes.

Introduction to Painter - Part 2, Week Three

Learning to Paint Elements in Watercolor Landscapes with Corel Painter 12 is a delightful class and very popular.  The instructor, Joan Hamilton,  focuses on the Digital Watercolor Variants and makes them sing.  This class is a must for any watercolor enthusiasts; Joan’s vast knowledge is amazing. 

Corel Master Painter, Karen Bonaker, teaches two classes this session.  The first, ArtRage-Brush Course-Watercolor and What’s New in ArtRage 3.5, gets you up and running in the New ArtRage Pro 3.5.  The second, ArtRage Pro Watercolor and Mixed Media, takes you to the next level.  Karen’s teaching skills are exemplary, and she is the most popular teacher at DAA.

Karen Bonaker's Brilliant Pears in ArtRage Pro 3.5

Registration also begins for Open Studio, Summer Skies.  DAA has four Open Studios per year; Summer Skies takes the number two slot for 2012.  Karen Bonaker is at her best with Open Studio.  She maneuvers in and out of a many media, whatever the participant want to use, and brings extra knowledge and skill to all.  Do not miss any Open Studios.

A Summer Sky, Corel Painter 12

I am teaching six classes this session; none are new.  If you are still in Painter 11, and I highly recommend you update, I still have three self-study classes: Intro to Painter 11, The Basics, Intro to Painter 11, Beyond the Basics, and finally Channels Selections and Masks

An example of a Wild Auto Painting done in The Basic Class using Painter 11

For folks transitioning from Painter 11 to Painter 12, try my Painter 12, A New Beginning class.  I cover all that is new in Painter 12.  This isn’t for beginners, please be familiar with Painter 11.  I love watercolor in Painter 12, especially loose, splashy, washy watercolor.  In The Basics of Watercolor, that is exactly what I teach.  I do love  brush making in Painter 12, too.  Obviously, I must have a class in Brush Making Basics for Painter 12. 

Splish Splash a Watercolor Tree in Corel Painter 12

I hope to see all of you at DAA this session.  You will love it and become part of the family right off the bat.

Skip

Registration is Open for Corel Painter Classes at Digital Art Academy


Hello Everybody,

Registration is open for the first session of 2012 at Digital Art Academy (DAA).  The first session begins on January 28 and ends on Feb 24.  DAA focuses on Corel Painter, specifically Painter 12, although we still have a few self-study courses for Painter 11 active. 

Start your New Year off right and join us and explore the wonderful world of Corel Painter. You will find out all you need to know about each class by visiting DAA, but I will give you an idea of the offerings in the first session.

Core Courses

An Image Created in Painter 12 by Elaina Moore-Kelly

If you are brand new to Painter 12 or are an experienced user that would like a refresher course, then Elaina Moore-Kelly has the classes for you.  Elaina teaches Introduction to Painter 12 – Part 1 and Introduction to Painter 12 – Part 2.  Elaina’s class is very detailed and covers all the important parts of Corel Painter 12.  Elaina uses PDFs for her lessons with a video or two mixed in.  I have worked with Elaina beta testing Corel Painter 11 and 12, but she started beta testing Corel Painter with version 7, I believe.  Elaina knows Painter 12 as well as the developers I will venture to say.  If you want detailed knowledge of Painter 12, take these classes.

Image from Week 4 Painter 12 A New Beginning

If you have a good working knowledge of Painter 11 or X and you want to know what is new in Painter 12, then my Painter 12 A New Beginning is the course for you.  I designed this course for a current Corel Painter user who is new to Painter 12.  There is a lot of new stuff in Painter 12; this course covers it all.  Discover all the mysteries of Corel Painter 12 in four short weeks.

So, you haven’t upgraded to Corel Painter 12 and want to discover all about Corel Painter 11.  Or maybe you are an experienced user of Corel Painter 11 and want a refresher course.  My three Corel Painter 11 Courses, Introduction to Corel Painter 11 the Basics, Introduction to Corel Painter 11 Beyond the Basics, and Corel Painter 11 Selections, Channels and Masks are available for self-study.

Painter Professional Courses

There is a new instructor at DAA.  If you are a fan of digital watercolor in Corel Painter, then I bet Joan Hamilton is no stranger to you.    I am so excited that Joan is joining us at DAA.  If you haven’t looked at her blog, then please do so.  You will love it.

Image from Joan's Watercolor Class

Joan’s first class is Learning to Paint Elements in the Watercolor Landscape with Corel Painter 12.  Joan works with both watercolor type variants in Painter 12, but steers clear of the new Real Watercolor variants because they are so memory hungry.  Trust me, you will not miss working with those variants; Joan has fine tuned her craft and shares her secretes with you.  If you love watercolor, this is a must take course.

Landscape developed from Splashes, The Basics of Watercolor in Painter 12

My watercolor class, The Basics of Watercolor in Corel Painter 12, offered again this session, focuses on Painter 12 and the new watercolor variants, Real Watercolor.  This class teaches to splash the paint around and develop landscapes from happy accidents.  Through practice, the students brush handling abilities strengthen.  As usual, I will have a few optional live classes as well, which are a lot of fun.  I plan to have Part 2 available for session 2.

Image made with variants created in The Basics of Brush Making in Painter 12

Available again this session is my Basics of Brush Making in Painter 12. This class takes the mystique out of brush making in Painter 12.  It is a basic course and doesn’t cover everything, but the student develops a firm foundation for brush making. There are optional live sessions planned as well; I know you will enjoy those.  I plan to have Part 2 available for session 2.  I wanted to have it ready for this session, but my new computer arrives this week and will occupy most of my free time. 

 

Art Rage

All Undone, Image from ArtRage Pro 3.5

Corel Master Painter Karen Bonaker’s class, ArtRage-Brush Course-Watercolor and What’s New in ArtRage 3.5, updated to include the new 3.5 version strikes my fancy.  If you love ArtRage and watercolors, don’t miss this course.  Karen is one of the best teachers around and is so very creative in all that she does.  The class includes weekly live sessions as well as videos.  How to paint, how to make watercolor brushes, and what’s new in ArtRage 3.5 are covered in the course. You need ArtRage Studio Pro version 3.5 to take this class. 

I think that about covers it.  Do check out the details of course offerings at DAA.

Hope to see you in a class,

Skip