Winifred’s Homage to Gustav Klimt

This video shares my process, my inspiration and my thinking for the painting of this portrait.

This process started when Karen Bonaker, instructor at the Digital Art Academy, mentioned that one of my paintings reminded her of Klimt with all of the gold on it.  I thought I should go further and created this piece.  The video allows me to share my creative process.

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Winifred’s Paintings of Italy

Among the most beautiful countries in the world.

The world may not have needed my landscapes and portrait creations  – but I created  them anyway.  I was there in 2008 and I am still selecting  and painting images from that trip.  I must say that the beautiful light Italy is known for hid itself during the days I was there. It was overcast and the light was very  flat for the most part. It is fortunate that we now have such excellent software to pull out image detail and fortunate again for me that I can paint. I am including here a collection of  mainly of paintings but a couple of my favorite enhanced photos as well. If you have not visited Italy, I hope these  paintings and photos encourage you to do so.

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Concept Artist Inspired Image

Allow Your Creativity to Soar

This was my  painting  yesterday.

Where does it all come from!

I like it.  It’s fun. Actually I was inspired by some of the concept artist – illustrators  who design for games and other animation.  This was my  twist on it.

Can you believe  even that the necklace was painted.  No photo here.  I have great brushes which do not come with Corel Painter – which allow me to create a painting like this – brushes created by David Gell

I never fully  envisioned this.  I just start with the sketchiest of an idea and keep putting one foot in front of the other following my inner guide.  If I had known what I was doing from the beginning, it would not take so long.

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Creativity with Nik Software

When I am working on a photograph or when I know I am going from a photograph to a painting, I have a very definite workflow which includes NIK software.

I find this first image – warm  and loving. Nik Color Effect’s filter Dynamic Skin Softener has been applied. We could stop there – but NO!

In the second image, I have applied the filters Detail Extractor (one of my absolute favorite filters) and Tonal Contrast have been applied, but the contrast is moved toward the  left to, the negative, to decrease rather  than to increase the contrast. With both filters appliedI have both detail and a broad range of color intensity. I like this rich warm look as a starting place, particularly when I know I want to create a portrait painting.

In the image below, I have applied Nik Color Effects 4 Bleach Bypass filter.  When back in Photoshop, I applied the Nik filter layer  in  the lighten blend mode  to  really “pop” the highlights of the image only.  I have enough shadow detail.

Below, I have taken the image into Corel Painter and started to apply brush strokes.  Quite honestly, I like this version and it could have been he final version. But “NO”.
I continued to paint in Painter. I wanted a very painterly feel to the image and wanted to add some complimentary colors with my blue tones.
This is the final image,  I enjoy creating personal art for my clients which I know they will treasure forever.

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Winifred’s Ladies in the Parlor

Make Some Marks

For some reason – this piece makes me thing I am looking into a doll house.  Probably the colors, the fact that a room was created, their doll like figures all contribute to this. Did I have this in mind when I started – indeed not. I just started.  Open a blank screen, selected a rose toned backround. filled it with a patterned paper texture, liked it and thought “hmmm” – what shall I do next? Perhaps an antique settee with a lady draped across it. I sketched a little settee, put in the arch of a doorway. I knew I wanted the to create the illusion of depth and a room beyond.  Looked back at my settee and within the shadows and pattern of the structure saw to women sitting there.  That set my direction and I simply  followed it.  It is kind of a one step at a time kind of evolution for me to create this kind of painting. So, I added the structure of walls, the floor and decorated the room. I love texture as you can see.

I think it is important to get something down on paper. It is less important to know what you are doing. When working from imagination, my “knowing” seems to trail behind my marks.  It’s kind if like my life.  I don’t wait to have everything figured out before I get going.  I get going and then my life reveals itself to me.  I am good with that.

This image is full of vibrant color – which reminds me to remind you how important it is to calibrate your display often so that you can actually see accurately the color you are creating.  X-Rites ColorMunki Display is the perfect device for you to use when you want an easy and affordable way to display your colors accurately.

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Winifred Whitfield Painting from Imagination

In this digital environment, we have so many options available to us in how we create paintings.  We can clone and take information and color from an underlying image, while retaining the ability to add new information, brushstrokes and unique creativity.  We can paint on top of an image, smoothing, blending, changing texture and color.  Creating custom work for my clients, the above two options are the best choices for retaining some degree of likeness and these are certainly the best options for  most photographers who cannot paint. And then there is the process of painting from imagination and one needs to be able to paint to do this.

With this process I visualize an image – even if only a starting point and I start painting.  I have no sketch, no photo to look at, no still life set before me.  It is so liberating.  It is an exploration. It is fun.  That is how the paintings below were born recently.   If at the end of a painting, I look at it and feel nothing –  is it brings me no joy or has no power or impact, I simply delete it.  The time and effort os never wasted. There is nothing to loose.  If you are interested in learning to paint in any of the ways, I described, please send an inquiry so I can determine how I can assist you.

And  below one of my all time favorites, and featured before in the post “doodling”

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Corel Painter 12 – Creating an Image Portfolio

Maintain frequently used images in your custom image portfolio in Corel Painter to have them close at hand when you need them.  Use them as backgrounds, overlays, image details. or just a starting point for your painting.  This Video will show you how.

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Corel Painter 12 Using Paper Textures To Enhance Your Paintings

Using Paper Textures Creatively

The beauty and texture of your painting  is determined  not only by your choice of brushes  but your choice of paper texture as well.  I  enjoy creating paper textures.  I created several recently and decided to show you how this works in Corel Painter. this gives you yet another creative tool in your work.  In Painter, go to Window, select Paper Libraries.  Select a paper of your choice and from the fly out menu, select Paper Control Menu. This gives you the controls which determine the size of the paper grain, the degree of contrast and brightness.  These variables determine the look of your texture.  Below is an example of a variety of texture looks which were determined simply by the selection of paper. With each stroke made,  the brush was the same.

Simply by changing your choice of papers you can obtain this variation of results with a single brush.

Some brushes are more effective in adding grain and texture than other.  The Chalk and Pastel Variants as well as many others are very effective.  Chosing a brush which has “grain” in it’s brush controls is a good idea.   Some brushes require the grain setting to be at 100% for best results, others are more effective at 7 % – why this is, I have no idea.  But it is important to know that if it is not one way, it is the other.  I find this to be a great feature in Painter. Play with it.  Open a blank document as I have and have fun. I made a little video so you can watch me go through the steps.

Using Paper Texture Video

Corel Painter has made available Extra Content for it users.  This includes extra libraries of papers, gradients, patterns etc. You may access the

Extra Content Here

You may then import them as a “legacy library”.

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Corel Painter 12 – Making Custom Paper

Making Custom Paper

In this video tutorial, I will demonstrate how to create paper textures for Corel Painter 12 as well as for previous versions.  I will focus on 2 or the 3  most popular methods for doing this.  We will create paper from fractal patterns in another tutorial I will create a texture from an existing image file.  I will  then create a  simple black and white custom painting  in Corel Painter which I will capture as a paper texture.

I selected this floral image to use to create a  paper texture.

Please feel free to download both of the above images to use in your paper library.

Sorry, I could not get the video to play on this page – click link above to go to Youtube.

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