Registration is Still Open for Painter 2018, Is It Real Paint


Hello Everyone,

You can still register for my class, Painter 2018, Is It Real Paint.  I cover all the new functions released with Painter 2018 and more.  The class includes 115 video demonstrations and many resources, such as brushes, papers, textures, etc.  I don’t think you will find another class that offers as much as this class.  Do register right away.  Everything is available for download to your computer; you can watch and work the assignments at your leisure.  The class will stay open well into the new year, however, registration will close December 31, 2017.  Don’t delay!

I hope to see you in class!  I created this image while demonstrating thick paint.  I had taken a photograph of Cade’s Cove in the Smokey Mountains on a winter day.  It was cold and a winter storm was brewing.  I wanted to express the feeling of the day, plus I was in a somewhat somber mood when I did the painting.  I love the new thick paint brushes and explain in detail how they work and show you how to build your own.  I think thick paint is one of the best new features of Painter 2018.

Thick Paint Landscape done as a demo in Painter 2018 Is it Real Paint

Happy Thanksgiving to those who follow this tradition.  And I want to wish everyone the Happiest Holiday Season and the Best New Year ever!

Enjoy,

Skip

Recorded Live Stream Watercolor Demo from Aaron and Me Is Available


Hello Everyone,

If you want to watch the watercolor demo Aaron and I did yesterday, it is now available on You Tube to watch.  As promised during the session, I have put together the brushes, papers, and the scripts I used in the demo.  These tools are for Painter 2016.  I’m sorry, but some of the stuff uses newer technology found in Painter 2016 and will not work in earlier versions.  Please do not try to install in earlier versions of Painter.

Watercolor Demo Tools

To watch the recording, click the following video.  You can use the icons at the bottom to expand the videos size or go to You Tube to watch.  I’m still trying to figure out how to put it on my You Tube Channel.  I hope you enjoy it.

 

This is the watercolor I painted during the demonstration:

Watercolor Flowers, Corel Painter 2016, Watercolor Live Streaming Demo

Watercolor Flowers, Corel Painter 2016, Watercolor Live Streaming Demo

 

Thank you, Aaron for inviting me.  I enjoyed the live streaming process and hope to do it again soon.  And a big thank you to all who attended.

 

Enjoy,

Skip

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,

Skip

Join Aaron Rutten and Me In a Live Demonstration of Watercolor in Corel Painter 2016


Hello Friends,

Corel Master Painter Elite Aaron Rutten and I are having a Live Session on Friday, July 1, 2016 at 3:00 PM Eastern Daylight Savings time.  I hope you can join us live, but if you cannot, do not worry…you can download the recorded broadcast.

Follow this link to join the live stream.  When you click on the link, look at the bottom of the window.  You can click on full screen mode or click on You Tube and go directly to the broadcast on You Tube.  No need to do it until Friday, July 1, 2016, at 3:00 PM EDT.

 

This is my first live stream experience.  Luckily, Aaron is an old pro and knows how to set it up.  I’m just along for the ride.

If I understand it correctly, you view our Painter desktops side by side.  Watch us demonstrate watercolor in Painter 2016 and answer any questions that may come up.

I hope this is enjoyable for everyone.  If so, I can have more live streaming sessions.

See you Friday, July 1, 2016 at 3:00 PM EDT.

Skip

 

 

Corel Painter 2016, Watercolor, Wacom On-Screen Controls


Hello Friends,

After my last post about using the Wacom On-screen Controls with multiple applications, I thought it might be nice to show you how I paint using Wacom’s On-screen controls.  When I demonstrate, I have tons of panels open because it is easier for the viewer, but it does clutter the screen.  I have heard some complaints about Corel Painter’s user interface being cluttered, and I have to admit it can be, but Painter is also highly customizable.  Over time, I have customized Painter a great deal and I love it.  The following three videos will give you an idea of how I paint when not demonstrating.  There is a surprise in the third video.

I paint the following image in the videos.  I call these types paintings inky landscapes.  I love working with custom watercolor variants and inky black color.  At the end of the blog I have a couple of gifts for you.  I hope you like them.

Corel Painter 2016, Custom watercolor variants

Corel Painter 2016, Custom watercolor variants

In the first video, I show how I like to create a paper texture at the top of the layer stack.  I do this to give me the illusion that I am painting on watercolor paper.  To make it easier for me, I created a script to do the task.  A script is the same thing as an action in Photoshop.  Basically, it is a series of recorded commands that can be played back.  I keep the user interface pretty clean.  OK, I better shut up before I give away the ending.  I hope you enjoy the first video.

At the end of the first video, I finished one watercolor layer.  In the second video, I add two more watercolor layers.  Papers are key to my techniques, which is obvious in the first two videos.  With real watercolors, you can adjust the variant to work with flow maps or paper textures.  I find I get subtle textures with flow maps and more aggressive textures with papers.  I love the surprises that happen.

The last video is the longest and I do the least.  I add a few lines here and there to help solidify the landscape.  I am not interested in making an image that screams landscape.  I like to leave it open for the viewer to interpret.  Oh yes, I did mention there was a surprise in the last video.  Prior to making the video, I touched base with Winifred Whitfield and asked her if she would like to sit in on the video.  She said yes.  Winifred gave me some sound advice and helpful tips.

That’s about it.  I hope you enjoy watching the watercolor painting, the use of scripts, and the Wacom on-screen controls.  Oh yes, I promised gifts.  Unfortunately, they are only for Corel Painter 2016 usersPlease do not try to load them in any other version of Painter.

Click on this link to download a zip file containing the following three files.  Inky Landscape Tools

Unzip the file and install per the following directions.

Inky Landscape.BOX, is the custom palette that I used for the painting.  To install, go to Window > Custom Palettes > Organize > and click import and navigate to where you saved the file.

Show Paper.txt is the script I used to place the currently selected paper on the canvas layer.  Be sure you are on the canvas layer when you activate it.  To install, go to Window > Scripts > and click the option button on the top right corner of the Scripts window and select Import Script from the drop down menu.

Paper Overlay.txt is the script I used to place a paper layer at the top of the layer stack.  Use the import directions I give above.

Enjoy,

Skip

 

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.

Quick Look at ParticleShop Plugin for Photoshop


Hello Friends,

My class is going strong, but I had to take a break and play with ParticleShop, Corel’s new plugin for Photoshop.  I have to admit, I was pleasantly surprised.  I don’t use Photoshop to paint, just adjust my photos.  And, I better tell you straight up, I am not a photographer. So, painting in Photoshop is a big deal for me.  But, if you want to see some very special videos of Particle shop in action take a look at the ones on ParticleShop’s web page.

OK…I opened one of my photographs in Photoshop.  I took this image at St. George Island’s State Park, Florida.  A lovely storm was rolling in, but it wasn’t rainy.  I guess I am glad I couldn’t see any rain; I did not want to get my camera and myself wet.  But, I did want to see soft rain falling from the clouds.  I wanted to see if I could make it happen in ParticleShop.

Storm, St. George Island State Park, Skip Allen, Nikon D810

Storm, St. George Island State Park, Skip Allen, Nikon D810

After working in ParticleShop for just a few minutes, I had my soft rain.

Storm Altered with ParticleShop, Skip Allen

Storm Altered with ParticleShop, Skip Allen

I need a lot of practice to feel totally comfortable in ParticleShop, but it wasn’t hard to do what I did.  Of course this is a greatly simplified demonstration of what is possible in ParticleShop.  Do check out the images and videos on the web page.

I captured making the above image in a video.  Hope you enjoy it.

OK, that is a quick look at ParticleShop.  I am looking forward to playing some more in the program.  I really liked what I saw in the videos on ParticleShop’s site; I want to see if I can do work like that.

My class, Corel Painter 2016 – New Horizons is going strong.  There is still time to register if you like.  My second live session is tonight at 9:00 PM EDT.  I record all live sessions for download.  Have fun with us.  Registration is Here.

Enjoy,

Skip