From Photo to Painting

As you know, I  derive great pleasure in taking a photo which appeals to me and making it a painting.  To the extent you can visual the  final Painting – or at least come close, you are all the better for it. Your workflow and process will go more smoothly.  I was fascinated by this architecture. I decided that I wanted to give the image more space so I enlarged the canvas area and extended the sky and water.  From that, I could make a sketch and begin to paint adding and removing elements,  and adjusting colors as the painting evolved.

Original Photo

A Sketch  Can be Made in Painter or Photoshop

Final Painting with Additional Texture Layer Applied



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Spring in New York

Spring 2012

I don’t know when New York has had  a winter such as the one past.  There was a freaky heavy snow this past Halloween.  I was in town at that time as well.  I found the beauty but was not inconvenienced by it.  Back again, to experience an early full blown sun lit Spring.  I spend many of my days at the museums. Yesterday I saw the Gertrude Stein collection at the Met.  A couple of days ago, I viewed the Diego Rivera exhibit at MOMA.

Since recently taking a class in painting street scenes, I must say that I have been looking at the people, traffic and buildings in New York in quite a different way. After leaving the Met a few days ago, I walked wistfully down 5th Ave.  Central Park was across the street from me  to my right and I sought to hug any strip of shade I could find next to the buildings which flanked me to my left. Suddenly I came upon a courtyard with two cherry trees in bloom.  A high fence  beautiful ornamental wrought iron fence shielded the property from the public.  I stuck my iPhone through the , however to snap a couple of images. An interesting perspective, I thought.  This is the resulting painting.  I like it quite a lot.

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The Old With The New

To create this painting I use the architecture from Bologna which I photographed in 2008 and horse and buggy images  photographed in New York Central Park in 2012 as reference images.  Paying critical attention to perspective this painting was created.  Additional characters were included via imagination along with the tree and little birds.  In Central Park, pigeons by the dozen hover and feed on the spilled feed of the horses. I really enjoyed using these reference images to create an image with in my mind appears as a scene  from the 1800’s.

Corel Painter 12.1 Tutorial – Sampling Multiple Colors

Sometimes magic occurs in our paintings when we least expect it. I love that

By Winifred

There are times I want to talk about a painting.  Not in this case. This painting tells its own story very well.


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Painting Italian Street Scenes 2

Focusing  on Perspective

I chose this image to paint. It has strong leading lines and a lovely outdoor cafe.

I simplified the structure as shown in the diagram below.

Determining the horizon line is not scientific but one was chosen along

A vanishing point was also identified.

This is the final painting.

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Expressive Brush Strokes

I have been creating beautiful portrait paintings for  my clients for many years now.  However, I have been very conservative with my brushstrokes.  My clients have tended to want a more smooth look in their painting – or perhaps that was simply my projection.  I think I will begin to veer away from this from time to time. Skin will always be smooth but I can create greater expressions within other aspects of the painting.  The following is one such example.  The response to this painting has been very favorable.  Ultimately, I want to make my clients “thrilled” with their portrait and I will always stay with in their  comfort level.

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Winifred Painting Street Scenes

A new 4 week class has begun with the Digital Art Academy focused on painting street scenes. We were all given the same reference image and allowed  total artistic  flexibility in how we developed our paintings from the image.  It was wonderful to see the range of artistic expression amongst all in the class.  Off course no one else  painted  people in  different clothing nor created duotone paintings.  I think I have been watching too many historic European movies.

This is  the reference photo used.

This was my interpretation as a painting.

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Corel Painter 12.1 Painting With Impasto

See how I visualize and compose a painting, Add impasto texture to your painting. This video demonstrates these processes.

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