Painting Without Boundaries, Fall Open Studio with Karen Bonaker, Digital Art Academy


Hello Everyone,

Corel Master Painter Karen Bonaker has announced the 2013 Fall Open Studio, Painting without Boundaries.  I can’t wait; it starts August 31, 2013, just over a short two weeks away.  You can register or get more information here:  Fall Open Studio 2013 – Painting Without Boundaries.  You cannot beat the $42.00 price tag.

I can remember when I began using Painter back in 2008, I had difficulty getting started.  I could make the software work; make strokes on the page in other words.  I could clone, but it looked like the photograph.  So, I decided to take some classes at the Digital Art Academy owned by Karen.  If memory serves, my first class was with Marilyn Sholin, which helped me understand how to get a more painterly look to my clone.  I knew I wanted to go beyond cloning, too.

I graduated from Art School with a BFA in Pottery, and I had a couple of painting classes and a lot of life drawing classes.  I wasn’t very good at two-dimensional work.  The struggle with trying to paint with Corel Painter was very real.  Then I started taking classes with Karen.  She has a knack for making painting in Corel Painter fun and not the least bit stressful.  I didn’t turn into a painter over night, but I could see big improvements the more I worked with Karen.

Take it from me, I have first hand knowledge; Karen teaches you how to paint with skill and grace.  You do not want to miss her classes.

Here are a couple of examples of Karen’s work:

Corel Painter Master Karen Bonaker, Corel Painter X3

Corel Painter Master Karen Bonaker, Corel Painter X3

Corel Master Painter Karen Bonaker, Corel Painter X3.

Corel Master Painter Karen Bonaker, Corel Painter X3.

Corel Master Painter Karen Bonaker, Corel Painter X3

Corel Master Painter Karen Bonaker, Corel Painter X3

Corel Master Painter Karen Bonaker, Corel Painter X3

Corel Master Painter Karen Bonaker, Corel Painter X3

Corel Painter Master Karen Bonaker, Corel Painter X3

Corel Painter Master Karen Bonaker, Corel Painter X3

I love the last one, since I have a new cat, which makes two total.  Karen works in various styles…all her own.  She can jump between watercolor and chalk and then bring in oils.  If you would like to see more of Karen’s work, visit her blog, Karen Bonaker Art.

Fall Open Studio 2013, Painter without Boundaries  is for intermediate and advanced Corel Painter users.  You can use either Corel Painter 12.2 SP1 or the new Corel Painter X3 for your class assignments.  For more information and to register do go to the link provided.

Y’all hurry!  Class time will be here before you know it.  Go ahead and register; it will be the best $42.00 you have every spent.  I can’t wait for class to start and I hope to see you there.

Enjoy,

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Open Studio – Street Scenes Starts Tomorrow at DAA


It’s Not Too Late To Register!

Hey Friends,

Our first Open Studio starts tomorrow at the Digital Art Academy.  Corel Painter Master Karen Bonaker is the instructor and we have a special guest, Denise Laurent, who is the creator of Dens Oil Brushes.  Karen’s Open Studios are always fabulous and I learn so much from them.  You can register up until the end of the first week of class, but do try to join early tomorrow.  Karen scheduled the  first live session at 12 Noon tomorrow Eastern…or New York Time.  If you miss it, no problem, recordings are posted for all participants.

So what is Open Studio?  It is a class session for everyone with a skill level of Intermediate or Advanced with Painter.  Karen uses Painter 12.1 for her demos, but you will be fine with versions IX – Painter 12.1.  But take it from me…upgrade to 12.1…you will be glad that you did.

Karen visited the Tuscany countryside in Italy and brought back tons of wonderful pictures.  She offers her pictures as references or use photographs of your own.  There is a specific goal outlined each week, which help us expand our knowledge of the software and find inspiration in the world around us.  Karen has posted two images for the live session tomorrow.  I don’t know what she has in store for us, but it looks like she wants us open for change experimenting with the subject as we go.  Here are her two images posted.  Aren’t they wonderful?  I can’t wait for class to start.

Street Scene

One of the Street Scenes for discussion in live session.

Street Scene

Another version for live discussion

.To register for the class go to Digital Art Academy Open Studio.  I know you will love this class!!!

 Skip PS: Here is a note that describes the skill level needed in the class. Beginners with exceptions. If you are just learning how to use Painter, this may not be the class for you. But something to look forward to as your skill set improves. You should know your way around the Interface and be able to add layers, understand how to use the Quick Clone function, and be able to work with a custom set of brushes.