I am so enjoying Painting with watercolor. I hope you enjoy this speed painting.
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.
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.
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
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
I find it very interesting to see my paintings of trees since 2006. This is not something I have ever focused on exclusively though there are a few stand alone tree digital Paintings. Some of the trees simply exist within the context of a painting but they are so varied, I thought I would put this group together to share with you. The variety of styles in which I paint is amazing – even to me.
My very first digital painting is a girl in a swing in a tree created in 2006 after my first Painter digital painting workshop. I am certainly not bragging about it’s sophistication but I still enjoy it. I managed to use vibrant complimentary colors and to inject energy movement, texture and fun.
First Digital Painting 2006
Bride Amongst Trees 2006
Painting using photo reference created in Photoshop. When I saw the giant dogwood in bloom in Manhasset NY, I knew this was the spot.
A 300 year old Oak tree was the reference image for this commissioned painting also painted in Photoshop.
This from imagination using selections and pattern fills in Painter
In the Garden
Village – in Photoshop
10 Minute Sketch – Spring
Just doodling and testing brushes – Amazing what can happen.
They don’t all work but love the texture.
Commissioned Original – She wanted a Tree of Life
10 minute Painting Sketch
The Sunflower Tree – An all time favorite!
Trees and Shrubs – Painted with Patterns
Heavy with Leaves
June or July Almost 1 to 1 Personalized Online Training Workshop
I awoke one morning and thought to myself, “why do I enjoy this training so much”. The answer came to me immediately, “because it is like tending flowers – creating a nurturing environment in which they can grow”. I do love my flowers.
Since November 2012, I have offered personalized online digital painting training to aspiring to intermediate digital painters. With a few students, we have started at the very beginning, having to install Painter and it’s updates before we could begin. With others it has been going deeper into Painters amazing capacity to create beautiful and expressive paintings. Often astist want to work with looser brushstrokes and have a difficult time letting go the detail. I understand this.
This training is limited to one to two persons at any one time. This training has been very successful. Can you imagine such personalized attention being lavished just on you – directed toward your training needs. At this time I have 3 individual workshops in progress. That is what I do and I love it.
My paintings styles are quite versatile, hence, I can assist you toward the style you desire.
Register now to treat yourself to a June or July Almost 1 to 1 Workshop. Click Here for Details You will likely be treated like a flower!
A couple of days ago I posted some new paintings on facebook. My take on the “Three Graces” which I will share with you in several variations, including the reference image.
In addition to enjoying them, a artist friend Cyndi Hornsby noticed that there were so many triangles contained within the composition “8 or 9 at least” she said. I certainly found the forms very pleasing but had honestly not paid attention to the triangles. And then I did. WOW!!
I went to internet and picked up a few quotes which I think aptly apply.
Simple geometric shapes within a painting or photograph can help strengthen the composition. A triangle is one of the strongest compositional shapes, as it can add a sense of visual unity. In essence, a triangle is a closed curve incorporating at least one diagonal. Since the curve is closed, it won’t lead the eye outside of the frame. A single triangle in in the middle of the frame can lead to a somewhat static composition, but triangular composition can be found in many famous works of art.
The shape of a triangle is made up of two diagonal lines that are anchored on a horizontal line. In a painting or photograph, a triangle will guide our eye to the triangle’s three separate points. The image or figure at the peak of the triangle will appear to superior to other images; if the triangle is reversed, the figure at the bottom will appear inferior. A triangular composition can help make an image more coherent and the form appear more dynamic.
Personalized Digital Painting Workshop – a training process which works quickly and effectively to get you painting, portrait or fine art, from a photo or from imagination.
I am throughly enjoying training students to begin or to enhance there ability to paint digitally – “Almost One to One”. I find that students feel comfortable to ask questions without embarrassment and to pursue knowledge from “just where they are” in this very private and personal workshop environment.
Training and attention is very specific to your individual needs. I work with not more more than 3 students at a time and at times ” one to one” – privately. I am currently working with an interesting lady in Pennsylvania. She has been a traditional painter for 20 years or so and has even written and published a book on traditional painting. She is not a photographer, which is the path of so many into digital painting. She wanted to expand her capacity to include digital painting. She searched the internet and decided that my training approach and my painting style was what she was looking for.
She purchased the 30 hour training package. She does not own Photoshop, had not yet installed Painter on her computer is a bit uncertain about her computer skills in general. We got her all set up with Painter 12 and its updates. She purchased her Intuos 5 and we were ready to begin our GotoMeeting sessions.
Our first session was 3.5 hours. I believe that working in short sessions prevents burnout when consuming lots of new technical information while at the same time allows sufficient time to synthesize it. I gave her several assignment after her first session. We would not be able to meet for another full week, because of her schedule – which is unusual. Normally we meet 2 to 3 times per week. I decided I wanted to reconnect with her later, the evening of her first training day after she had time to work on her assignment. I wanted to make sure she understood enough to do her assignments in order not to have unanswered questions for a full week. To my delight, she had completed her first assignment which included, painting using different paper textures, using patterns, using a variety of brush stokes and working on layers. WOW!! She was proud and so was I.
We can schedule sessions to fit your schedule. Please call me at 360.779.1375 for additional information. Also visit my STORE for workshop options and prices. New workshops are scheduled nearly every month.
Winifred’s Almost One To One Online Painter Workshops
Winifred Whitfield has just announced her Almost One To One Online Digital Painting Workshops geared to the beginner and intermediate digital painter. Content is primarily Corel Painter based but some beginner Photoshop painting discussions and demos MAY be included. There is a workshop currently in progress but workshops commence monthly. Since workshops are very small 2 to 5 people, register soon to ensure your place and to take advantage of the introductory offer.
Benefit to you
~ Take your painting to a new level. Have you stopped seeing progress? Are you not creating what you want? Do you wish to become more expressive in your painting?
~ You will become more confident as a painter and will create expressive paintings, which look like paintings, and not smeared or blurred photos. ( You know what I mean) You will begin to create Painterly looking paintings as you envision them.
~ There will be a series of seven 2 to 3 hour online sessions which take place 2 to 3 times per week, totaling not more than 15 hours in live GotoMeeting online session time. Groups will be very small – only 2 to 5 people, for maximum personalized attention.
~ We work hard but we laugh also. You will NEVER be harshly judged or attacked. I am your greatest fan! I KNOW that together we can accomplish your objectives .
~ You will complete your assignments on your on time, rather that using your workshop hours – virtually doubling or tripling the value of an in person workshop.
~ You don’t have to remember it all. You will receive a video of a demo that I do for you in each session.
~ Small groups will be formed matching skill and interest levels.
~ Includes 2 tutorials from Website Store – which I will choose for you to support your practice or for inspiration (approximately 140.00 value) FREE,
~ Other Free products will be included.
~ One group make up session – in case a session must be missed.
Some beginner Photoshop painting is included.
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New workshops will be starting monthly but register and purchase now to receive the current introductory offer.
Please Contact Me – including your PHONE NUMBER if you would like to receive additional information. It will be emailed to you immediately. I will also request information and images from you so that I can carefully match your experience level within a small group. Look forward to a personalized, learning filled and wonderful experience.
Painting More and More … if this is possible.
The Portrait Tutorial Store goes well and I even have an Fine Art Gallery online now. It has been a very busy several months. My happy place however is painting. I experiment quite a bit with my painting. I work with and explore many different styles of work. I am not sure there are names for some of these styles. they are winifred. I am considered a versatile painter and indeed this is true for now.
This is a painting I created recently. I have included the sketch, an image of the blocking in phase and the finished painting. All of this is done digitally in Corel Painter 12.2. It is absolutely amazing what we can now create.
Please visit my fine art gallery – just click – Art Gallery