RENOIR Inspired Part 2 is Now Available at Digital Art Academy

Renoir Part 2 became available July 10th at Digital Art Academy.  You may register for this course, download the instructional resources and work at your pace. Below is the course content preview.

During Renoir Part 2, we will add a different style of brush work.  Our new brush category is “Renoir Bristles”, brushes which create a more transparent,  sometimes scratchy, expressive brush stroke. If you choose, you might add brush work from your Impressionist dabs category as well. There are tutorials which support you in more complex paintings using the Ultimate Impressionist Brush Category. It’s Summer and this means having fun and as always painting your way! 

Renoir Part 1 is also available.


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Van Gogh Inspired

Hello Everyone,

Yet another exciting artistic journey awaits you… class begins March 14th “Van Gogh Inspired”. But don’t bother to read below – for more info – just watch the 5 minute video. To Register, click here.

During  Lesson 1 you will be introduced to or you will gain more familiarity with Impasto brushes and you will learn to make adjustments to Impasto Brushes. You will learn more about the life and art of Van Gogh. You will increase the expressiveness of your brush strokes and unleash your creativity.

In addition to exploring brushes, you will paint a simple Van Gogh Inspired Painting. This might be a sunflower or any object you like.

You may use impasto brushes or regular opaque brushes.  I have gathered several great impasto brushes made by Karen Bonaker, Skip Allen and David Gell as well as Painter defaults. My Impasto brush variants  are included as well. The Impasto brush collection,  is large and in case it is overwhelming, I created a small collection as well – I paint using a small collection created from my favorites. I suggest you create a custom palette of your favorites.  I find this very helpful. If you want some of the originals brush categories, I suggest you explore Painter’s Impasto brushes or download from Skip’s Blog, Skip Allen Paints (Thick Paints and/or Bristle Dabs) and from David Gell’s Jitter Brush Site (Living Impasto).

During lesson 2 you will paint a still life. A collection of reference images have been included which you can sketch.

 During lesson 3 you will paint or draw a portrait. Again, references photos to sketch/trace have been provided.



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Corel Painter 12.1 – Painting Dancers

Painting Dancers

I love painting dancers though I have not created many such paintings.  I am changing this. I enjoyed painting the variations below in Corel Painter 12.1.

Watch the video to see how I create the four variations of this painting. Unfortunately, there is not enough time in the 15 minutes to demonstrate the initial painting.

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Corel Painter 12.1 – Creating a Sketch

Creating s sketch of your subject allows for additional creativity and expression in your painting. A sketch in itself might become a finished work of art. Learn to sketch by hand. This video will inspire you to do so.

Below is the final painting.

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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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My Watercolor Experience in Corel Painter 12

My Corel Painter 12 watercolor class is over. I have been studying with quite a wonderful and watercolor obsessed instructor who teaches at the Digital Art Academy – Skip Allen.  He is passionate about watercolor and brush making.  I thought it important for me to at least become familiar with this digital media – to understand it’s opportunities, challenges, and to understand the brush controls. I  also wanted to work with some of the concepts of traditional watercolor as we attempt to translate this into a digital medium.   The following video  will discuss the 3 types of Painter watercolor brushes.   I will show a few paintings I created. I will  demonstrate how some of the brushes work – you will be so amazed to see them.

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Negative Watercolor Painting

Negative Painting in Corel Painter 12 – Painting on the Outside

I bet you never heard the term “negative” painting before.  I had not until today – in my online class with Skip Allen, my watercolor instructor at the Digital Art Academy.  There was quite a bit of discussion about this term.  First of all it is a watercolor term, and it refers to painting in the negative space, the space which surrounds the focal point of your painting, to give the subject of your  depth and luminosity. That as opposed to doing substantial positive painting  on the subject of the painting itself.  Am I being clear? Hopefully looking at my finished image helps.  In case you are interested, Skip gave us references  of a couple of watercolor painters who do “negative” watercolor painting,

Jeannie McGuire

Linda Kemp

Calla Lily by Winifred

I would say that it definitely does have a different look to it and I do like it.

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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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