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 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.



Thank You For Attending Hodge-Podge Webinar; The Download is Ready

Hello Everyone,

The recording of the Hodge-Podge Webinar is now ready for downloaded.  I decided that a separate page for webinar downloads would be helpful.  You can find the page to the right in the Page list or up above in the banner.  Watch for future webinars posted in the same place.

For fun, here is the painting that I used for the opening shot.  I didn’t demo this painting; actually, I didn’t demo any painting.

Cry me a River, Watercolor in Painter 12.1 using Desert Oasis variants

That is correct, I didn’t demo any painting.  I have to fix that next time.  Webinars will be a work in progress…but we will get there.

Here is the link to the Webinar Download Page if you do not see it to the right in the list of paintings.



Anyone have any request for Webinar Tuesday, May 29 at Noon New York Time.

Hey Everyone,

Tomorrow is the big day.  My first live webinar via my blog…well…actually via Go To Webinar, but organized for blog followers.  As I mentioned, it isn’t exactly planned; just want to make sure there are no unforseen kinks in the production.  I have some ideas of things to cover, but, the webinar is for you, so if you have any specific question, please post it in a comment below.  Try to make the questions somewhat specific.  Tell me how to use channels is a bit broad. 🙂  Narrow the scope of the question and I’ll have a better chance of answering it in the time alloted.

Corel Master Painter Karen Bonaker’s Open Studio…Summer Skies…is in its third week.  I showed you a pastel I did for the first week in my last post.  For the second week I did this watercolor using mostly Desert Oasis brushes.  It was a lot of fun.  Strangely for me, I worked on the painting over several days.  I wasn’t working as fast or loose as I would like.  I am not sure if I am developing a new direction or I am still working out the kinks with the way I use Desert Oasis.  Anyway…none of that matters now.  Here is the painting.

Bronze Sky, Watercolor in Painter 12.1, Mostly Desert Oasis Variants, Created During Open Studio Summer Skies

See you tomorrow, I hope.  BTW, more people have signed up than I have space.  But, I suspect everyone that wants to attend will be able to get in because many folks register and then can’t make it.  Also, folks do not stay the whole time, so if you don’t get in with your first try keep trying.  I better go practice. 🙂

My First Webinar from Blog…Hodgepodge Tips and Tricks

Hello Everyone,

Where have y’all been?  Ok…I’ve been missing in action again.  I don’t know where my time goes, but I am going to get back to posting on my blog, but first.  Guess what!  I bit the bullet and purchased Go to Meeting for 100 attendees.  That means I am going to start producing live webinars at no cost to you.

The first one is a Corel Painter show and tell…or actually a test run.  Don’t get me wrong, I plan to demo stuff, but I consider this first one a practice run.  I hope you will attend and help me perfect using this technology.  “Update to original post!”  I can’t believe I forgot to mention the date and time of the webinar.  It is Tuesday, May 29th, at noon – 12:00 PM – New York Time.  Thank you my friend, Banana, for pointing it out.


I promise to make some more videos in the next couple of days.  BTW…I am having a great time in Karen Bonaker’s Open Studio…Summer Skies.  Participants have produced lots of great images.  The first week we worked in Pastels.  Here is my image.

Image done in Painter 12.1 using oil pastel brushes and Karen Bonaker Custom Brushes. I wanted a lot of texture and worked on Artist canvas. I got texture…too much…LOL.

I noticed I had another cloud painting done in watercolor, but not for Open Studio.  Here it is.  Hope you enjoy it.

Quick watercolor done in Painter 12.1. Painted in a live class session

Well that does it for this post.  Do register for the live session.

“Can I come?”

“No Kevin!  You may not come!  These are my friends coming to see me…not you, so don’t even think about crashing the party.”

Softly, he said, “We will see.”