Corel Painter 2020, “Speed of Light” is going strong!


I wanted to remind everyone that my class, Corel Painter 2020, “Speed of Light” is a “work at your own pace” class and is open for registration.  It opened one month ago, and we have been having a blast.  Go here to register.

Beside exploring all the new features of Painter 2020, we created images using the new variants available.  This one was made with the new Fast and Ornate category.

Corel Painter 2020, created using Fast and Ornate brush category.

Of course, I love doing inky, runny, landscapes.  I had a lot of fun with the demo of this piece.

Corel Painter 2020, watercolor brushes

Using some of my custom brushes, we painted a pastel and a thick paint landscape using the new Color Harmony Panel.

Custom pastel brushes, Corel Painter 2020

Custom Thick Paint brushes, Corel Painter 2020

The performance enhancements in Painter 2020 are fantastic.  I especially love the faster watercolor variants.  I am partial to watercolor, so of course, I played in watercolor a good bit.

Corel Painter 2020, watercolor

I enjoyed showing various techniques using Painter’s watercolor variants.

Working wet into wet and letting the paint run in Corel Painter 2020

Showing various watercolor techniques in Painter 2020

It’s easy to make thick paint run; I show how.

Corel Painter 2020, Runny thick paint

As I mentioned before, I am partial to watercolor.  I did a painting similar to this before the class.  I liked it so much, I decided to re-create it as part of a Painter 2020 demonstration.

Corel Painter 202, watercolor

There is more in the class.  Do join us, it is only $45.00 US.  Follow this link to Register.  The class will remain open for a year or more, so you will have plenty of time to “work at your own pace.”  Hope to see you in class very soon.



Corel Painter 2020, “Speed of Light”…a New Class

Hello Everyone,

I am so excited to announce registration is now open for my new “what’s new” class called Corel Painter 2020, “Speed of Light.”  Register Here.  The first lessons will be available on July 21, 2019.

On June 25, 2019, Corel announced its release of Corel Painter 2020.  This is an exceptional upgrade.  The new “performance optimization” is worth the price of the upgrade.  Painter can now utilize the power of your GPU, graphics processing unit.  The GPU is a specialized chip set designed to handle images, animations and videos on the computer screen.  The GPU usually comes on your video card, but can be in a chip set on the motherboard.  The GPU takes away the graphics processing from the CPU, central processing unit, or the brain of the computer.  Having the GPU handle graphics speeds up the process.  Many of Painter’s brushes require a lot of computer power to render a stroke.  This new feature gives the brushes the power they need.  It is important to run a report that optimizes your computer for Painter 2020.  Please watch this video about Brush Optimization:

In this class, I cover all the new features of Painter 2020 and then some.

List of Features:

Performance Optimization – Painter can take advantage of multi-core systems, AVX2, and most important, the GPU on the video card.

Enhanced User Interface Elements and Brush Visual – Painter 2019 improved the UI; Painter 2020 revamps it and makes it easier than ever to paint.  Do not be fooled and think this is just a small change.  The UI changes touch all areas of Painter.  The result is ease of use but there is a learning curve.  I help you tame the learning curve.

New Color Selection Features – Oh boy, wait till you play with the color harmonies features.  This is a very useful and well thought out function of Painter.

Enhanced Layer Work Flow – Almost every layer function is now one right click away.  I love that.

And last but not least…4 New Brushes – I designed these watercolor variants.  Watercolor is so much faster in Painter 2020; the medium is a joy to use.

I promise a fun and informative class.  Registration starts on July 7, 2019 and the class begins July 21, 2019.  Register Here:

Here are a couple of fun images done in Painter 2020:

Thick Paint and Watercolor in Corel Painter 2020

Thick Paint, Corel Painter 2020

Hope to see you in class.



John Derry Releases his New Emergence Brushes

I just bought John Derry’s new Emergence Brushes and love them.  As you know, John was one of the original developers of Painter…way back before Corel bought it.  According to his website, he has worked on these variants for the past 25 years and finally was able to complete them once Painter was able to use drip brushes on a layer.  As he says, there is no need for you to know or understand that statement, but it is of interest to anyone who loves to make brushes, too.

The brushes are very expressive and very versatile and use paper textures in a fresh new way.  Along with the brushes, you get a great paper library.  John has several tutorials about their use.  I played a little following his suggestions and then gave them a try using my workflow and papers.  They performed beautifully with his or my custom stuff.  This versatility speaks to John’s genius.

I have only created one image.  As with any new variant…and especially these…it will take a little time to become comfortable with their use.  I am not saying they are hard to use.  They are not.  They are just different.  I know I will continue to use them and enjoy them.  Thank you John for the great set of variants.

You can find out about Emergence and buy them at PixelArt, John’s site.  I can recommend them; I think they are terrific.  They are available for Painter 2017, 2018, or 2019.

Here is my first attempt; in time I will be able to hone my skills with these variants.  I love the way they use papers.

Corel Painter 2019, John Derry’s Emergence Brushes



Free Thick Paint Brushes; New Papers Available for Corel Painter

Hello Everyone,

I finally have my new category of brushes finished.  I call them Skip’s Best Thick Paints, and I believe they are my best thick paints.  I wanted a set that included stiff bristles and palette knives.  I also wanted to create a set that would work well with a new set of papers I designed and offered by Corel called Dynamic Papers.  You can get the papers by opening Painter, then go to Help > Welcome > Get More > Dynamic Papers.  There is another set available called Natural Papers that look mighty good, too.

The following videos will tell you about the brushes, papers, and a paper script library that can be downloaded .

The previous post shows some examples of work done with the new variants.  This is a work in progress, but will show you how nice the textures can look with these variants and papers.

Work In Progress, Corel Painter 2019, Watercolor and Thick Paint Variants, and Dramatic Papers

You can download the brushes at following link:

Skip’s Best Thick Paint

You can download the Paper Script Library at following link:

Paper Scripts-1

I hope you enjoy the brushes.  I think they are some of my bests.  If you do like them and find they are useful…consider making a donation.  Thank you bunches.  Skip

Loving Thick Paint

Hey Everyone,

I’m so sorry I haven’t been posting much of late.  I spend most of my time managing my sister’s care.  She had a stroke about six years ago, but was able to continue living at home with help until April of last year.  She cannot walk any more and requires a lot more help.  She is now in a nursing home.  I live in Georgia, but she is in Mississippi.  I spend most of my time in Mississippi these days.  I do have my older computer here and can continue painting.

My Painter 2019 class is still available.  A few folks in that class requested that I do another Painter brush making class.  I did the last one in 2012.  I started it last week and hope to have it available in a month or sooner.

Lately, thick paint interests me.  I have mixed watercolor with thick paint and that has been fun.  I want to perfect thick paint and be able to use it in a very thick way.  I have made some new brushes that I really like.  Some are palette knives but the ones I am liking the most are thick paint variants with very stiff bristles.  Here are a couple of examples.  The first one started as watercolor washes and then I added thick paint.

Corel Painter 2019, Watercolor and Thick Paint variants

In the next one, I am using only thick paint and the variants are palette knives.

Corel Painter 2019, Thick Paint Palette Knives

And the last one is also using Thick Paint, but the variants have very stiff bristles.  I like this look a lot.

Corel Painter 2019, Thick Paint variants with stiff bristles

When I feel like the brushes are complete, I’ll post them.  It has been a while since I have given out any variants on my site.  I like how these are looking and hope you do too.



Watercolor in Painter 2019! You Can Still Join My Class: A Fresh Start: The New Painter 2019

Hello Friends,

I just added a watercolor section in my current class, A Fresh Start: The New Painter 2019.  I had forgotten how much I like watercolor in Painter.  I have focused on thick paint of late.  It was a pleasure to play with watercolor again.

Prior to a lesson, I need to practice.  This is my practice image; simple watercolor flowers.

Three Roses, Watercolor in Corel Painter 2019

I captured  the next image on seven videos and they are available in my class.  All videos are downloadable; you can save them on your computer and watch them at your leisure.

Demo painting, watercolor, Corel Painter 2019

So far, the class includes 5 sessions and I have created 125 videos with more to come.  The class is a little different from my other “what’s new” classes.  I have added a section for beginners, which makes it easy for anyone to take the class.  There is a separate section for Intermediate and Advanced users of Painter.  However, I challenge everyone to work the assignments in the beginner section.  I’m finding even advanced students are learning new things in the beginner sections.  The class is open enrollment and you can join at anytime.  You can download the videos and work at your own pace.  I watch the class and comment on work submitted and answer questions you may have.  Join us at the Digital Art Academy…click on this link to register.  A Fresh Start; The New Painter 2019  For our other classes, click this link.  The Digital Art Academy: Our Courses.

Hope to see you in class,


A Fresh Start; the New Corel Painter 2019 Officially Starts July 8th

Hello Everyone,

My new class, A Fresh Start, the New Corel Painter 2019 officially starts in the morning, Sunday, July 8th.  It isn’t too late to register.  And while you are at it, check out the rest of the courses at the Digital Art Academy.  If you cannot register now; no worries; you can register for later and work at your own pace.

I am excited about this course.  I have designed it with two sections, one for new comers and one for intermediate and advanced users.  I think it will be fun for all.  The new Painter is a lovely program.  Here is an example of something I created in 2019.  In it I use Pattern Pens, watercolor, and thick paint.  The pattern pen I made to look similar to gold leaf.  I love playing with texture in Painter!!!

Golden Tundra, Pattern Pen, Watercolor, Thick Paint, Corel Painter 2019

Hope to see you in class.