More Watercolor in Corel Painter 2015

Hey Friends,

One more post for today.  I actually posted this image in FB, which is the opposite of what I normally do.  I wasn’t going to post it on the blog, but then I realized a whole bunch of folks wouldn’t see the image.  At first I wasn’t so happy with the image, but over the last day I realized that I do like it.

I am making new brushes, which I am excited about…although, today I pretty much scrapped them all and have redone them.  I’m really happy about some of the techniques that are developing.  It all started with the black ink washes I posted in December.  But now I am working in full color and I like the wash effects and I love the granulation.  I will probably need to tone down the granulation a bit, but I always go overboard when I start something.  🙂

OK…so here is the image.  I hope you enjoy it.

Hibiscus, Watercolor done in Corel Painter 2015

Hibiscus, Watercolor done in Corel Painter 2015

More later,


Known Problem with Corel Painter 2015 and Microsoft NET Framework 4.2.5

Hello Friends,

Sometime last month I believe; I am not exactly sure.  Microsoft had an update of its NET Framework software.  This came automatically with a Windows update.  If you are like me, you have your system set to automatically download and install Windows Updates.  Normally, that isn’t a problem.  However, this time, there was some sort of conflict with Corel Painter 2015, Corel Painter X3, Wacom tablets, and Microsoft’s NET Framework.  If you installed the update and you tried to open Painter, it simply would not open or you got an error messages telling you that you needed to reinstall Painter, which wouldn’t work either.

The guys at Corel developed a solution and published it in the Corel Painter Knowledge Base in an article called Painter Users with .Net 4.5.2 Installed.  Since I was at my sister’s when all this happened, I didn’t pay any attention.  By the time I realized something was amiss, it had been weeks, so I thought all of you would know what to do by now.  However, I have had several folks ask me about it in the last two days.  So, I thought I better post this information even though it is late.

If you have problems after the instructions, please feel free to drop me a note and I’ll see if I can help.

Good luck to all who may experience this issue,



Happy Belated New Year…a quick summary of what’s been going on.

Hello Friends,

I haven’t posted in a while; life keeps getting in the way of fun.  My sweet sister had a stroke a year ago last September and needed some help.  It is just the two of us left in our family; neither of us have kids and we have outlived everyone else.  Joy wants to stay independent and live alone in our family home, which we have been in since the 60’s I think.  So, I have been in Mississippi for over a month helping her making the house suitable for a handicapped person.  I think we have done what we can.  Now it is up to Joy to keep working hard with physical therapy and continuing to improve.  I also had a bit of surgery…a total knee replacement…fantastic BTW.  My new knee is amazing and I love it…I’m able to get around like a kid again.  OK, enough of the personal stuff.

Once again WordPress developed an annual report for my blog.  It is pretty cool; I always enjoy reading it.  I am most interested in where the visitors to the blog live…or I guess where they were when they visited the blog.  This year there were folks visiting from 181 countries.  Since WordPress has kept records, there have been visitors from 186 countries.  There are only 196 in the world.  It would be so cool to have visitors from every one of them.  Anyway, if you interested, do check out the stats below.  Enjoy, Skip

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 240,000 times in 2014. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 10 days for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.