Fun With Enso in Corel Painter 2023


I don’t pretend to understand the philosophy behind Enso. Wikipedia states that in Zen, Enso is a circle that is hand drawn in one or two uninhibited brush strokes to express a moment when the mind is free to let the body create. For me it is similar to creating Sumi-e or using ink and brush to make the circle.

I cannot tell you why I like these images or why I enjoy doing them. I just do. I find the process relaxing. Normally I go too far and embellish the images as you will see in the first of the video. But I also do the simple one stroke forms but rarely save them.

I thought you might like to try them yourself. Just have fun. The practice also strengthens my drawing skills. Enjoy…

This is an example of Enso created in Corel Painter 2023. Let me know if you try Enso.

Fun with Enso

Enjoy, Skip

Corel Painter 2023 Released in June


Corel Painter 2023 was released in June. Do you have your copy yet? Download your copy here!

It’s been a year since I last posted. Since April 2021, my life was difficult, but I think I see light at the end of the tunnel. I have been on sabbatical from Corel Painter, classes, and everything else. I am still on sabbatical, but I am gradually returning to life as normal.

As you know, I usually offer a class on the new Painter every year, but not this year. However, I do want to share what I know about the new version…or at least how I learn a new version of painter. This entry as well as the next few will focus on what I do to learn a new version of Corel Painter. I hope you enjoy the videos and if they are useful, please like them on You Tube and subscribe here and You Tube. Please feel free to comment and ask questions. And if the videos are especially useful, consider hitting the donation button.

I am dividing the information into series. The first series concerns opening painter for the first time and creating new workspaces and layouts. The following two suggestions are highly recommended:

  1. Before you open Painter for the first time, hold down the shift key and then open painter with the shift key activated. This is called a Shift Start and gives you an opportunity to set all workspaces back to the factory default settings. Then make sure you do not have anything open in the background before you run Painter’s brush performance accelerator.
  2. Create a workspace and layout from scratch. Yes, you can still import a workspace from an older version, but the possibility of a glitch happening is very high. The versions are more and more complex. Taking an hour or two and creating a new workspace is a very good idea.

If you are familiar with Painter’s workspaces and layouts, then feel free to skip this first series of videos. However, you may find the review useful. I will Shift Start, run the brush performance accelerator, and create a new workspace and layout from scratch. Enjoy the videos, Skip

Corel Painter 2023, Series One, The Setup

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OK…that’s all there is to setting up Corel Painter 2023. I hope you enjoyed the videos.

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