Hello Fellow Artist!
Your art and creativity, makes the world a more beautiful and joyful place to live. I wish you a wonderful season of peace and reflection and the greatest of health and happiness in the New Year.
Expand your creativity and your skills in 2017 by learning or increasing your ability to do freehand painting. You’ve been thinking about doing so, but the idea of not having those photo pixels is a bit scary. You don’t have to give them up all at once. You can start gradually by freehand painting only parts of the portrait – the hair or dress, for example. You can practice altering a subjects appearance. With practice, you will gradually develop the confidence to paint a sketch or a trace of a photo or paint from imagination. You will develop a painting style of your own.
Above – Tutorial “Portrait Basics and Beyond”
I enjoy allowing myself to be inspired by a variety of artist,and to create paintings in their style. but eventually, I simply return to my style of expression. For instance, recently, I created several Alice Neel inspired portraits. She uses a great deal of outlining in her paintings. I practiced including this characteristic in several paintings. Personally however, I tend not to outline at all and ultimately I returned to my personal style of painting. You may also want to practice abstract portraits, images which are very expressive, free of features and detail, allowing for interpretation. This is quite fun to do.
Developing freehand painting skills, in addition to skills you’ve already developed, will allow you to create even more creative images for your friends, family or clients. Below are several freehand digital paintings I recently completed.
Please visit my store for Tutorials and Workshops which can assist you along your journey of creativity. There are great sales on tutorials. Contact me if you want to purchase 3 or more for greater discounts. Workshops will be tailored to your personal needs.
Interactive Gradient Tool/Express Paint
Painter 2017 is pretty great! Honestly! I have to admit that the introduction of Audio Technology was pretty wild when introduced in Painter 2016, and I used it not one time this past year! I have not falling in love with Particle Brushes introduced in 2015 but they have formed the bases of some pretty great, more advanced technology – Dynamic Speckles Brushes, for example, so I cannot complain.
This new release, however, is just plain wonderful and introduces so many new tools. It will change the way you work and support your many creative endeavors. You’re definitely going to want to explore it. I would also suggest a “tour guide”. Painter 2017 offers some amazing new features but they are complex on the front end. I will demonstrate some of these features over the next weeks and months. The new Palette Drawers are “to die for”!!
Also, there is a course being taught by Skip Allen at Digital Art Academy which will teach Painter 2017 New Features “in order”. I suggest that you take a look. Our emphasis will be different, so there is no overlap. The larger your pile of information, the better. Register NOW!
Did I start at the beginning? Of course not. I start here by introducing you to my favorite – NEW FEATURE – at lease one of them. I hope you enjoy this 3 part tutorial series where I demonstrate the new Interactive Gradient Tool used in combination with Express Paint.
I am so enjoying Painting with watercolor. I hope you enjoy this speed painting.
It is not difficult in fact one of my themes throughout is “to keep it simple”. I will show you everything you need to know to create a fun and “representative” watercolor painting. I know you want to create some “fresh and modern” paintings of your children or grand children. If you can clone using opaque media, you can clone using “real watercolor”. You only need to know what brushes to choose. I have selected the brushes for you to use and guide you in their use every step of the way. I have put them in a brush category for you to use with this tutorial – I included images to paint also. Adjustments will be minimal – just as with another brushes. Trust me on this you will love this.
Does this process apply to children only? Of course not, In fact you can take your painting to greater levels of complexity and sophistication just as soon as you are ready. But the simple ones are beautiful also and stand on their on. I have included everything you need in the extra content which comes with this tutorial.
The only thing missing is your expressive hand and your willingness to try. I hope you will.
Thanks for looking.
The full tutorial can be found in my store – Just Click Here, scroll down to this tutorial and click below it to read a more detailed description and to view pricing. Thanks, W
Real Watercolor Controls Basics
I am having so much fun. I enjoy the creative journeys I take myself on. Always so much to learn and so much new to create.
In this tutorial, I demonstrate how to make basic changes to your “Real Watercolor” Property Bar settings, in order to create customized brushes variants suited to your needs and taste. I manipulate settings one at a time, holding others constant, to demonstrate the effect. The difference between Digital WC, Watercolor and Real Watercolor is briefly described. After viewing this tutorial you will feel more confident in your ability to paint with Painter’s Real Watercolor and control your brushes. This tutorial is for users of Painter 12 as well. Personally, I am enjoying learning more about these brushes each day and the only way to do this is to paint and to experiment.
You will see several of my recent Painter “Real Watercolor” paintings in the video but I have added additional Watercolor practices paintings below. I am constantly working on my brushstrokes. One of my objectives it to use fewer strokes – to simplify my paintings.
Please refer to previous post for Painting with Patterns – Video 1
It is no secret that I love to paint and I am also considered a versatile painter. I can create paintings in a variety of painting styles. Some of these images you will love, some you may not. That is fine – the idea is to create and personal paintings which you, your family or your clients will love in your personal style.
In several of my online galleries, you will see some beautiful but pretty traditional painting styles. I have created this post to show you some ways I have ‘ramped’ it up a bit, including one painting from imagination and a couple of portrait paintings with patterns at the very bottom. I can hardly believe how many “hats” I have painted. I love to paint women in hats. Even my painting from imagination included a hat. Alas, you might have guessed, I wear a sun hat everyday of the Summer if I am in the sun.
If you would like to increase your painting skills or if you are just starting as a beginner one of my personalized training workshops, “Almost One to One” might be just what you are looking for. Please visit my Store to preview my Tutorials and take a look at my Personalized Training Workshops.
I hope you enjoy the images which follow. Thank you. Winifred Whitfield
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Lady on a Pillow
Mysterious Lady with Veil
Lady of Gold – Painting from Imagination
Don’t Spill the Martini
Flower in Her Hair
Lady with Umbrella
The Picture Taker
Girls Got to Have Fun
Flowers in Her Hat
I also enjoy Making and painting with Patterns in Painter. The following are a couple of examples.
Lady with Pearls
Thank You! Winifred
There is often a great deal of confusion about what the term WORKSPACE means in Painter. This confusion is supported by the common usage of the term workspace, which is not the same thing. There is also confusion – or lack of understanding about the difference between the terms Workspace, Arrange Palettes, and Custom Palettes. I hope this video will serve to add some clarity to these terms. Please let me know if this video helps. this information is applicable to Painter 12.2 as well.