Holiday Open Studio Starts 14 Nov 2015 at Digital Art Academy


Are you ready for Holiday Open Studio Registration; I am.  OMGosh, by the looks of it, I’m really, really ready.  It all starts Saturday, 14 Nov 2015.

Santa Skip by Corel Painter Master Elite, Karen Bonaker, Corel Painter 2016

Santa Skip by Corel Painter Master Elite, Karen Bonaker, Corel Painter 2016

 

Have you registered yet?  There is still time to register before Holiday Open Studio Registration starts this coming Saturday, 14 Nov 2015.

holiday osThe instructors for this year are Corel Painter Master Elite, Karen Bonaker plus professional painter and educators, Elaina Moore-Kelly and Winifred Whitfield.  Oh…me too…I will do a bit of a song and dance the last week of the four-week class.

Karen Bonaker starts the class with Winter Trees in Snow.  Karen demonstrates watercolor, liquid ink, and how to use selections and the image portfolio to create lovely landscapes.  I am looking forward to her week; I love her artistic innovations.  Karen is always an inspiration.

Where is my peace, Watercolor, Corel Painter 2016, Corel Master Painter Elite, Karen Bonaker

Where is my Peace, Watercolor, Corel Painter 2016, Corel Master Painter Elite, Karen Bonaker

DAA closes for Thanksgiving Week, 21 – 27 Nov 2015

In the second week of class beginning 28 Nov., Elaina Moore-Kelly continues with watercolor, which is something new for her.  Since watercolor is my favorite medium, I can’t wait to learn her approach.  Elaina explains using fonts in Painter and adds creative selections to the mix.

Happy Thanksgiving, Corel Painter 2016, Elaina Moore-Kelly

Happy Thanksgiving, Corel Painter 2016, Elaina Moore-Kelly

Winifred Whitfield takes the reins in week 3 creating images inspired by Roy Lichtenstein, the American Pop Artist from the 1960s.  His work defined pop art through parody and he used comic strips as his inspirations.  He used heavy black lines, dots, checks and all sorts of patterns.  Winifred capitalizes on all aspects of Lichtenstein’s work and provides patterns and papers for your explorations.

Corel Painter 2016, Winifred Whitfield

Corel Painter 2016, Winifred Whitfield

And that brings us to week 4, my week.  I planned to demonstrate painting a poinsettia in watercolor, but that may change.  I am waffling.  I spent the last couple of months making pastel variants for Painter.  The new features in Painter 2016 add so much to the look and feel of pastel variants…so…I may switch my week to pastels…or not.  Hey…who knows, I may just do both.  Here is an example of a photograph I took while walking around my neighborhood.  I live in rural Georgia.  And following is the pastel image I did using the photograph as a reference.  It was loads of fun, but I better get with it and decide what I am doing.

Poole Road, Nikon D810, Skip Allen

Poole Road, Nikon D810, Skip Allen

And the image in pastels.

Poole Road Stream, Corel Painter 2016, Custom Pastel Variants, Skip Allen

Poole Road Stream, Corel Painter 2016, Custom Pastel Variants, Skip Allen

OK, if you have read this far, here is a bit of sad news.  Holiday Open Studio has been an annual event at the Digital Art Academy (DAA) for eight years.  But, Karen Bonaker has announced that this will be the last one.  Yes, that is right, this will be the last one.  If you have never participated in a Holiday Open Studio, then don’t miss this last one.  They are so special.  And, if you have been a regular, then do join us for a farewell to Holiday Open Studio.

OK, that’s it from Santa Skip. I hope to see all of you in the class starting Saturday, 14 Nov 2015.

New Class Starts Friday at Digital Art Academy


Hello Friends,

Winifred Whitfield has added another class to her popular Inspired Master Artist Series.  The class opens Friday and uses the work of Vincent Van Gogh for inspiration.  I talked with her briefly about the class and she discussed Van Gogh’s color choices.  I found the conversation very interesting.

I am sure you will find the class interesting, too.  Winifred describes the class in this video:

Check out some of the work that she will be demonstrating in tutorials:

Sunflowers, Winifred Whitfield, Corel Painter 2015

Sunflowers, Winifred Whitfield, Corel Painter 2015

 

Portrait, Winifred Whitfield, Corel Painter 2015

Portrait, Winifred Whitfield, Corel Painter 2015

 

I know you will love this class.  Don’t delay, register for Van Gogh Inspired today.  It starts this Friday, March 13th.

Enjoy,

Skip

 

Still Time To Register for Holiday Open Studio 2014


Hello Everyone,

OK…this is your last chance.  Registration for Holiday Open Studio 2014 at the Digital Art Academy is open until Saturday, November 15.  After that it is too late.  The class started this week and I am the first instructor.  During my week, we learn about making calligraphy in Painter 2015 or Painter X3.  I provide some special calligraphy brushes for Painter 2015 and Painter X3.  Over the last couple of days, I have made 4 more variants to add to the set.  The following video is a shameless promotional video for the class, but you do see me practicing calligraphy in Painter 2015.

Four more weeks follow my week.  The instructors are Elaina Moore-Kelly, Aaron Rutten, and Karen Bonaker.  For more information and to register go to Holiday Open Studio or the Digital Art Academy.  You don’t want to miss out.  Last chance for Holiday fun. 🙂

Enjoy,

Skip

Holiday Open Studio Starts November 8, 2014; Register Today


Hey Everyone,

It is that time of year again.  Holiday Open Studio, a tradition at Digital Art Academy, starts day after tomorrow, Saturday, November 8, 2014.  As usual, it will be a fun packed few weeks.  Do join us and click the link above and register for this session.

A beautiful image created by Corel Master Painter, Karen Bonaker.

A beautiful image created by Corel Master Painter, Karen Bonaker.

 

This year, I start the party with lessons on calligraphy.  OK, I’m not a calligrapher or a scribe, but I created some cool brushes and show you the basics of calligraphy.  I teach a type style called Foundational Hand, which Edward Johnson developed from a 10th century manuscript.  Want to see a quick video of me starting the alphabet with Foundational Hand.  Well, it is below, but fair warning…it is really a shameless advertisement for the class…but you do see me making part of the alphabet.

Elaina Moore-Kelly reserved the second week for an old-fashioned nostalgic look at Christmas.  She explains how to create a Christmas card that looks like a chalkboard card.  It is very cool and  this type of image is very trendy in craft circles this year.  Elaina provides written and video lessons.

Elaina Moore-Kelly's Chalkboard Christmas

Elaina Moore-Kelly’s Chalkboard Christmas

Next up is Aaron Rutten with something fascinating.  Aaron demonstrates how to paint totem art in a traditional Native American style.  Totemic art is found in cultures all around the world, which allows the student to draw inspiration from a variety of places.  Aaron encourages each student to choose their own totem animal or symbol, and paint it abstracted instead of in a realistic way.

Totem Art by Aaron Rutten

Totem Art by Aaron Rutten

Corel Master Painter Karen Bonaker takes the lead for the two final weeks.  She developed a wonderful technique to create digital Japanese woodcuts.  I have seen some of her images and they are stunning.  She is very excited about the process and I can tell it will be a lot of fun.

What color is snow?  Karen tells us in her second week.  I can’t wait to find out.  I thought snow was white.  Didn’t you?  Karen paints snow scenes in a glorious rainbow of colors; after the class, we can too.

Winter Road - Digital Woodcut by Corel Master Painter Karen Bonaker

Winter Road – Digital Woodcut by Corel Master Painter Karen Bonaker

OK…that’s the skinny.  Check out Holiday Open Studio at the Digital Art Academy.  Register today and join us for this years seasonal fun.

Enjoy,

Skip

 

Check Out Aaron Rutten’s new Corel Painter X3 Class, Advanced Landscape Painting, at the Digital Art Academy


Hello Everyone,

Aaron Rutten has added another class to his list of classes at the Digital Art AcademyAdvanced Landscape Painting offers advanced painting techniques with step by step video lessons you can pause, rewind and watch on your schedule.  Discover how to paint a variety of landscape elements such as sunsets, waterfalls, starry skies, clouds and rain. Students will master the skills needed to compose detailed landscape paintings from imagination without having to rely on copying a photo or cloning.

Included in the class is a custom workspace, which when loaded into Painter X3 has all the brushes and tools required for this class. Using the custom workspace makes it easy to follow along with the lessons.

This class builds on Aaron’s previous class, Fundamentals of Landscape PaintingAdvanced Landscape Painting is an “Open Enrollment” class, which means that the student can enroll any time and work at his or her own pace without a time limit.  Follow the link for Advanced Landscape Paintings and learn all about Aaron’s class.

While browsing, check out the rest of the classes at the Digital Art Academy.

Here are examples of some of the types of landscapes that Aaron will teach.

Brilliant Sunsets in Week 1

Brilliant Sunsets in Week 1,  by Aaron Rutten

 

Powerful lightning in Week 2

Powerful lightning in Week 2, by Aaron Rutten

 

Starry nights in Week 3

Starry nights in Week 3, by Aaron Rutten

 

Beautiful waterfalls in Week 4

Beautiful waterfalls in Week 4, by Aaron Rutten

 

That’s it for now.

Enjoy,

Skip

 

Corel Painter X3 Online Classes, New at the Digital Art Academy, Landscape Painting Fundementals and Acrylic Painting on Digitally Printed Canvas


Hello Friends,

I’m excited about the new classes at the Digital Art Academy (DAA).  Check out these wonderful offerings.

Landscape Painting Fundamentals, Instructor Aaron Rutten, starts February 1, 2014.  Aaron is new to DAA and has a very fresh approach to digital landscapes.

Aaron Rutten Landscape

Aaron Rutten Landscape, Corel Painter

He makes you tube instructional videos daily and has a large following; do visit Aaron Rutten’s You Tube Channel.  You can see more of Aaron’s work at his website.   I laughed out loud when I saw this delightful image:

A High Dive for Gumby, painted by Aaron Rutten in Corel Painter.

A High Dive for Gumby, painted by Aaron Rutten in Corel Painter.

Here is an example of a landscape painting that Aaron will demonstrate in the class.  Isn’t it exciting?

Painting for Week 2, Landscape Painting Fundamentals with Aaron Rutten

Painting for Week 2, Landscape Painting Fundamentals with Aaron Rutten

I know you will want to take Landscape Painting Fundamentals.  I think this class will be a lot of fun.

I am very excited about Acrylic Painting on Digitally Printed Canvas with Painter Master Marilyn Sholin.  Having Marilyn back at DAA brings so many fond memories.  I took my first digital online class at DAA from Marilyn in September of 2008.  I loved the class.  Now she is back at DAA sharing how to enhance your digitally printed canvases.

Corel Master Painter Marilyn Sholin logo.

Corel Master Painter Marilyn Sholin logo.

Acrylic Painting on Digitally Printed Canvas starts February 17, 2014.  This class will change the way we finish our paintings.

In addition to the two new classes at DAA, there are a number of Self-Paced Classes (Open Enrollment) available now and coming soon.  Self-Paced class content is available to download immediately. Your instructor provides support for questions about class content. These classes do not include live sessions however some may include recorded live sessions.  There are no deadlines and you can work at your own pace.

Master Painter Karen Bonaker’s popular class, Photo Painting 101 for the Beginner, is now a Self Paced class.  Don’t let the “for the beginner” moniker fool you; this class is full of tips and tricks.  I am always surprised at how much I pick up in every class I attend.

Brave, From Photo Painting 101, Painted by Karen Bonaker in Corel Painter 3X

Brave, From Photo Painting 101, Painted by Karen Bonaker in Corel Painter 3X

Elaina Moore-Kelly provides the best fundamental basic class for Painter X3 and Painter 12 found on the Web.  Her classes are PDF based, very comprehensive, and easy to understand. For beginners and advanced users alike.  If you are an advanced Painter user, treat yourself and be surprised at how much new stuff you will discover.  These classes are win-win for anybody.

Swans on a Lake, Elaina Moore-Kelly, lesson 3 Introduction to Painter X3 Part 2

Swans on a Lake, Elaina Moore-Kelly, lesson 3 Introduction to Painter X3 Part 2

Introduction to Painter X3, Part 1

Introduction to Painter X3, Part 2

Introduction to Painter 12, Part 1

Introduction to Painter 12, Part 2

Introduction to Painter 12, Part 3

Returning in March are the very popular digital photography classes with Al Mierau, Digital Photography – The Basics, and Introduction to Black & White Photography.

Lots of wonderful education opportunities in 2014.  If you are wondering why I’m not on the list, too bad…I ain’t telling.  Just kidding.  I have some minor medical issues that I need to take care of in February.  After that, look for new classes from me.

Enjoy,

Skip

 

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,

skip