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. ūüôā¬† 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.

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Free Brushes, Corel Painter 12, Buttery Oils, Tim Shelbourne Tutorial


Hello Everyone,

I am so excited about this post for several reasons.¬† First, the number of followers of my blog hit 1000 a couple of days ago.¬† I can’t believe it.¬† I want to thank you all for visiting and commenting.¬† We have one thing in common; a passion for digital painting, especially with Corel Painter 12.¬† I wish I knew what to say that would let you all know how thankful I am.

The second excitement for me and I hope for you is a new set of brushes.¬† I’ve named them Buttery Oils because that is the way they feel.¬† Oh yes, that is right, these are not watercolor variants.¬† I know many of you have asked for more opaque type media.¬† I do think this is one of my best sets.¬† After you try them, do let me know what you think.

But the real excitement comes next  My friend, Tim Shelbourne, has made video using Buttery Oils.  I love to watch Tim paint and talk about what he is doing.  He does give you technical information that will help with any project, but more importantly in my book, he shows us how to paint.  He is a traditional and digital artist and he is good at both mediums. We are in for a real treat; we will come away from the videos inspired.

Tim has a wonderful site called The Artist’s Quarter (TAQ).¬† To gain entrance, you do have to register, but registration is free.¬† Inside there is a store, lots of tutorials…both Painter and Photoshop, but more importantly, the TAQ community is passionate about making art and willing to share with each other.¬† There are various levels of membership.¬† I am sure there is one just right for you.

Let’s start this post with Tim’s videos.¬† I was going to show mine about the technology of the variants, but realized that Tim talks about that too.¬† His will probably be all that some need.¬† If you want a bit more technical information, then look at my two videos.

In concert, I present Tim Shelbourne with Buttery Oils.

OK…need more information?¬† In the next video I take one of the Buttery Oils variants and tweak it in different ways.¬† It really is a brush lesson for these types of variants.¬† If you are at all interested in brush making, this video is for you.

The last video and the shortest, is a quick rundown of the other variants in the set.

Well folks, that is about it, but I have one more bit of news.¬† I have purchased the Wacom Intuos 5 and I love it.¬† The next set of videos will be about installation and set up for Painter 12.¬† I can’t wait to do the videos…the new tablet is that nice.

You can find the links to download Buttery Oils on the Buttery Oil Download Page.

Bye for now,

Skip

PS: a note from our favorite good computer virus, Kevin.

Skip has completely ignored me on this post.¬† I’m a good virus so I cannot retaliate.¬† He is so mean.¬† When he bought the new computer I thought we would have lots of room to play…and there is lots of room, but I play alone.¬† Does anyone know another nice computer virus that might like to room with me.¬† Let me know.

Sincerely,

Kevin, the good computer virus.

Corel Painter 12 Classes Start Saturday


Hello Everyone,

I’m always nervous prior to class starting.¬† I’m extra distraught this time because I have two new classes starting; The Basics of Watercolor in Painter 12 and The Basics of Brush Making in Painter 12.¬† My other class, Painter 12 a New Beginning, will also start on Saturday;¬† this class is for folks who have a good working knowledge of Painter 11 or earlier and are upgrading to Painter 12.¬† If you are new to Corel Painter and now have Painter 12, Elaina Moore-Kelly teaches the perfect class for you, Introduction to Painter 12 – Part 1.¬† Check out the Digital Art Academy and look at all the class offerings.

I was preparing class material and doing a watercolor made up primarily of washes.¬† In the end, I cropped several paintings from the original.¬† After class gets underway, I’ll post more videos about working with watercolor in Painter 12.

Landscape

Landscape with washes in Painter 12

Got to run and get back to work getting the classes ready.  Join Elaina or me for some fun in Painter 12.

Enjoy,

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Free Corel Painter 12 Brushes; Cool Spring


Hello Everyone,

I finally got the Corel Painter 12 watercolor brushes finished and named them Cool Spring.¬† I hope you like them.¬† I would suggest installing these variants in their own library; like all watercolor brushes they¬†are a bit slow, but putting them in their own library helps.¬† Don’t forget that my Basic Watercolor with Painter 12 and Basic Brush Making with Painter 12 start on Oct 22.¬† Come join the classes; I promise we will play a lot. ūüôā

I produced two videos showing a bit about the variants.  In Part 1, I did the following image using 2 very wet brushes and about 8 stokes.  It is great fun to watch the paint bleed into the paper and create beautiful blends.

From Part 1 Cool Spring

Beginning image created with 2 very wet variants and about 8 stokes. See Part 1 Cool Spring video.

Let me know what you think of the brushes.¬† I’m always open to suggestions.

Cool Sping Download

Enjoy,

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Tim Shelbourne Demonstrates Bristly Dabs


Hello Everyone,

I have a special treat for all of you.  I hope those who have visited will come back for this new video from Tim Shelbourne, the creative genius behind  The Artist Quarter.  I am a big fan of Tim, the way he paints, and most of all his method of teaching.  He approaches everything from a traditional artist standpoint, even though he has painted digitally for many years.  I am a subscriber of The Artist Quarter and highly recommend it for everyone.  Tim is at home with Photoshop as well as with Painter 12.  He has a very unique way of cloning in Photoshop CS5 that I have not seen anywhere.

Check out his¬†impasto¬†sketch that he did with the Bristly Dabs in Painter 12.¬† And then for a real treat, watch the video and see him talk about how he is using them.¬† He is a bit gushy about the brushes; I turned red, but I can’t tell you how pleased I am that someone with his painting skills likes the new variants.¬† And, he is going to show you some nice tricks with Painter 12.¬† Tim, my friend, thank you so much for sending this video.

Before I go to the image and video, I wanted to mention something that Tim is doing that is very unique.¬† He is having online ateliers, French for workshop.¬† I have attended several and they are fantastic.¬† It is like having a workshop in person, but you don’t leave your house.¬† The workshop last for several days or weeks.¬† We have video materials, PDFs, and even special brushes to download.¬† On the first day we meet via Go To Meeting and Tim gives a live demonstration and takes questions.¬† Tim records the live demonstrations and makes them¬†available for the attendees.¬† Then we meet several more times for live demonstrations and a chance to show our work to¬†other participants and get live critiques.¬† I love these workshops.¬†¬†Visit The Artist Quarter, you will be glad that you did.

Here is the quick impasto sketch that Tim demonstrates in the video:

Tim's Impasto Sketch done in Painter 12

Tim is all about teaching how to paint.  You will see in his video:

Tim, I want to thank you again for doing this video.  I think many folks will paint with these new variants thanks to your inspiration.

I hope y’all enjoyed this special treat, if you did let us know.

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Bristly Dabs for Painter 12 and Backward Compatible to Painter IX.


Hello Everyone,

I have just made a download page for my newest brush set, called Bristly Dabs.  Thanks to David Gell, Master of all things Painter, the sets are backward compatible to Painter IX. Thank you David!!!

Download one or both sets.  One called PIX_Bristly_Dabs.zip does not use rotation expression.  The other called PIX_Bristly_Dabs_Rtn.zip uses rotation expression in three variants.  If you have an art pen for any version of a Wacom tablet, download the file with Rtn in the name.  I think you will enjoy using barrel rotation with these brushes.  The brushes contain impasto and non-impasto brushes.

There are some very specific caveats when using these brushes especially in Painter 12.  I prepared 3 videos illustrating how to use the brushes.  The first one describes the techniques used with Bristly Dabs.  The other two give more details about using the variants and information about impasto in general.  It is imperative that you watch the videos.  All three are helpful, but the last two are the most helpful.  If you do not watch any videos, do at least read the points listed on the download page.

Here is the sample painting done with Bristly Dabs in Painter 12:

Vase and Windwo

Using Bristly Dabs in Painter 12

The next video takes you through the process of the painting.

These two videos are specifically about the brushes.  Part 1 talks about the Well Panel with Resaturation, Bleed, Dry Out and Brush Loading

Part 2 illustrates the Impasto Panel. 

I hope you enjoy the videos and the brushes. 

Don’t forget, I have these classes starting October 22 at the Digital Art Academy.¬† Click the class name for more information.

Basics of Watercolor in Painter 12

Basics of Brush Making in Painter 12

Painter 12, a New Beginning  (this is for experienced painter users who are upgrading to Painter 12)

You may want to take Elaina¬†Moore-Kelly’s class, Introduction to Painter 12 – Part 1,¬†designed for someone¬†just starting out with Painter 12.¬† It is a fabulous course.¬†Also, Elaina teaches Creative Collage: Scrap Techniques With Painter, which uses Painter 11.

Do visit the Digital Art Academy and look at the other classes available.

I guess that is it for this post.  I can go let Kevin out of the bathroom.

“I’m behind you.”

“Gasp! Kevin you scared me half to death!”

“Yeah, well you tried to lock me in the bathroom.¬† I chewed my way out.”

“What, you did what?” I dashed to the bathroom.¬†

OMGosh, it is awful, there is a man-sized hole in the door.  Shutting the door offers no privacy now.  I hear a cackling laugh coming from the computer room.  I got to run.  I think I am going to need a new bathroom door. 

Y’all let me know how you like the brushes,

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Corel Painter 12 Demo, Real Watercolor Category Brushes


Hello Everyone,

It is amazing how easy it is to emulate traditional watercolor in Painter 12.  I decided to do another painting demo for a couple of reasons.  The first is I love painting with this new brush engine, and I am having a blast making new brushes.  The second is to let everyone know that I am teaching a class at the Digital Art Academy called The Basics of Watercolor in Painter 12, which begins Oct 22; registration is now open.  My custom watercolor brushes that I keep promising will be ready by then, hopefully sooner.  You do not have to join the class to get them; I will post them here for everyone.

With the basic class in mind, I did this very simple watercolor.

Bud Vawe

Simple watercolor done in Corel Painter 12

During the first part of the session as we would do if we were taking a traditional watercolor class, we will focus on brush use and how to develop washes and other typical watercolor marks.

The last¬†painting demo I did¬†was 7 videos long, which is way too long.¬† This time, I am providing only one video that is about 27 minutes long.¬† You can view¬†all or skip over the dull parts. ūüôā

But before I forget, I want to mention that I am also going to teach a class at DAA  called The Basics of Brush Making in Painter 12.  In this class I am going to demystify brush making and make it fun.

Hope you enjoy the video; please let me know what you think.

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