Don’t Forget to Join Aaron Rutten and Me Live…July 1…3:00 PM EDT

Hi Friends,

Wanted to remind everyone to join Aaron and me, July 1, 3:00 PM EDT.  All you have to do is click the image below.  You can watch from here, or click the You Tube icon at the bottom and watch from You Tube.

Hope to see you there,


Corel Painter 2016, Simple Watercolor with Gradients

Hello Friends,

I was playing around with the technique I used in the last posted videos.  I started the same way, but this time I tried adding gradients to a layer mask to vary the look of the black brush strokes.  I wanted color, so I added gradient to layers and changed the composite method.  On the first try, I got the following.  Not bad for a first try, right?

Corel Painter 2016, Watercolor, Gradients

Corel Painter 2016, Watercolor, Gradients

I thought the technique was worth sharing, so in the next 4 videos I created the following image.  Hope you like it.  It reminds me of flying at dusk.

Corel Painter 2016, Watercolor, Gradients

Corel Painter 2016, Watercolor, Gradients

In the first video, I make the black inky watercolor underpainting.

In the next video, I altered the look using a gradient in a layer mask.

It gets interesting in the third video.  I added gradients to several layers and change the composite method coloring the gray-scale image.

In the fourth video I planned to add another gradient to a layer mask, but tried something different and liked the results.  I copy merged the image and placed it in place.  I transformed it a bit and then changed the composite method.  I loved the moody nighttime feel of this image.

A couple of posts ago, I mentioned that did a bunch of videos for Corel about making paper in Painter 2016.  Corel released the videos yesterday.  Making and using paper in Corel Painter is very important; I can say that it is one of the most important functions in Painter.  In this set of videos and the set before, I used papers to create the landscape.  You can get papers for Painter from a lot of sources, but why?  It is so easy to make papers and it is fun, too.  Take a look at the following videos.  Some techniques are basic and perfect for the beginner, but others are for the advanced user.  Take a look and while you there, check out Painter Tutorials.  There are a ton of video tutorials.

My paper videos:

01-How to use Corel Papers

02-How to use the Paper Library

03-How to use the Paper Control Panel

04-How to create a new Paper Library

05-How to use Make Paper Command

06-How to make a Fractal Pattern Command Paper

07-Helpful Paper Tools you can make

08-Capture a non-seamless paper texture

09-Create a seamless paper texture

10-Auto-paint a seamless paper texture

11-Watercolor and Pattern papers

12-How to create seamless papers from photos

13-How to use your Corel Painter Papers

I hope you enjoy the videos.


Corel Painter 2016 Live Tutorial Recordings

Hello Everyone,

I had so much fun yesterday doing the webinars and talking about Corel Painter 2016.  Before I post the videos below, I want to remind you that my class starts tomorrow, Aug 15, 2015.  In class I cover all the stuff in the videos in much more detail and explore much more.

Register for Corel Painter 2016 – New Horizons

I had one session yesterday morning and it was so much fun.  My buddy Corel Painter Master Elite Tim Shelbourne was there and teased me without mercy.  It was a hoot and all in good fun.  I know you will enjoy it.  Winifred Whitfield and Hilary French were there helping, too.  Thank you so much my friends.

I held the second session yesterday evening.  Winifred was back helping manage questions.  Thank you so much Winifred.  Also attending was Corel Painter Master Elite Helen Yancy.  I quickly made her an organizer allowing her to interact with Winifred and me.  It is so much easier when I have someone to talk with while doing a demonstration.  Helen, thank you so much for letting me impose on you.

OK, now you have the two videos to watch.  They are also on You Tube.

Hey, have you discovered the link to get Corel Painter 2016 upgrade for $99.00 US.  Here it is.

Limited Special Upgrade Price for Corel Painter 2016

OK, don’t forget to register for my class.

Corel Painter 2016 – New Horizons






Let’s Celebrate 1,000,000 Views with Live Sessions…Join Me Today. Live Corel Painter 2016 Demonstrations

Hello Everyone,

OMGosh, the blog hits 1,000,000 views today.  I cannot believe it.  I know that is small numbers compared to a lot of blogs, but it is a big number to me.  Thank you bunches and bunches for your support.  I have loved doing the blog and meeting all of you.

So, to celebrate, I scheduled two live sessions.  One this morning and one this evening.  Please feel free to join one or both of them.  What will the webinar be about?  I don’t know…you tell me.  I know I will play in Corel Painter 2016 and the rest is up to you.  I will answer questions and take requests; as long as the requests are about painting.  I can’t sing or dance, but I can juggle oranges.  Shoot, I just checked and I don’t have any oranges, so that is not an options.  Anyway, come on by and let’s talk Painter 2016

The first webinar starts today, Aug 13, 2015 at 11:00 AM EDT (Eastern Daylight Savings Time)

Register Here for Morning Webinar

The second webinar starts today, Aug 13, 2015 at 8:00 PM EDT (Eastern Daylight Savings Time)

Register Here for the Evening Webinar

You can join either webinar during the session…just click the link.

Here are a couple of images created in Painter 2016

I love doing this style.  It is pretty fast…just make a few quick strokes and let the water flow do the rest.

Waterfall, inky landscape done in Corel Painter 2016

Waterfall, inky landscape done in Corel Painter 2016

And y’all know I love anything in a Sumi-e style.

Orchid, Watercolor, Done in Corel Painter 2016

Orchid, Watercolor, Done in Corel Painter 2016

This last one is a work in progress.  I need to get back to it.  Images that take a while to do, tend to bore me and I stop working on them, but I like the way this one was going.

Great Blue Heron, Work in Progress, Watercolor, Corel Painter 2016

Great Blue Heron, Work in Progress, Watercolor, Corel Painter 2016


Since I usually work in watercolor, I might try playing with oils and dry media in the Webinars.

OK…hope some of you can make the webinar.



Corel Painter 2016 Launches Today…New Class, Corel Painter 2016-New Horizons

Hello Everybody,

I am so excited.  Download your free trial copy of Painter 2016.


Branch, Painter 2016, Liquid ink and watercolor particle brushes

Branch, Painter 2016, Liquid ink and watercolor particle brushes

Yes it is that time again; Corel released a new version of Painter.    I think you will want Painter 2016; it is the best version I have seen to date.  I have outlined some of the new features for you:

  1. A completely new Welcome Window.  Corel added tutorials plus a few other surprises.
  2. New color schemes for your workspace.
  3. A new shift start that protects custom content, like brushes, custom palettes, etc.
  4. Enhanced layer blending, which allows blending to transparency without the white or black issues in earlier versions.
  5. ABR import…you can import Photoshop ABR dabs into Painter.  Wow!
  6. New custom palette toolbox, which allows you to send a custom palette as a toolbox to your friends.  The box includes brushes, papers, and flow maps, which will be automatically installed on your friend’s computer.
  7. New full-screen mode allows an immersive painting experience.
  8. Rotate papers.
  9. Rotate flow maps
  10. Particle technology added to liquid inks.  Love it!
  11. Particle technology added to watercolor.  Love it!
  12. Impasto can be added to particle brushes.  Amazing!
  13. New Dynamic Speckle particles…think tamed particle technology that can be used with any other brush method.
  14. New Dynamic Speckle bristles…think particles can work like bristles.  One of my favorite new features.
  15. Audio Expression…what?  Watch your brushes explode to the beat of your favorite music…what?
  16. Painter is more stable than ever.
  17. Painter is faster than ever.

I am sure I have forgotten something, but those are the major features.  BTW, I can’t test it myself, but others have and Painter 2016 works well with Windows 10.

Weathered, Corel Painter 2016, watercolor particles, dynamic speckle bristles, and impasto particles.  So much fun.

Weathered, Corel Painter 2016, watercolor particles, dynamic speckle bristles, and impasto particles. So much fun.

As with earlier versions, I am offering a class exploring all new features in Corel Painter 2016.  Registration for Registration Corel Painter 2016, starts today, Aug 10, 2015, at the Digital Art Academy.  Class begins, Aug 15, 2015.  I cover each new feature in-depth, but I did something different with this class.  Because there is the new shift start and it is easier than ever to import workspaces from earlier versions, I started with a complete clean Painter 2016 and show you how to build or customize your Painter to use your work flow.  Join the class and develop your Painter workspace and learn all about the new features in the process.  It will be fun, I promise.

Here is a teaser video showing a little bit about Dynamic Speckle Bristle brush technology.

Download the free 30 day trial of Painter 2016.

Registration for Corel Painter 2016 – New Horizons class.  Class begins Aug 15, 2015.

Hope to see you in class!