By now you likely know the importance I find in just playing,” doodling” sometimes I call it. Just put that brush to canvas and see where it takes you. That is how the following painting was born. I was continuing to explore the Real Camelhair brush variant in the Oil Category of Corel Painter which will sample multiple colors. And so I “dipped” into blue and white and started to twirl – creating a “Van Gough” sky. And then yellow and more blue. OK – fun – time to form land. Waves of green began to form a hill side, and then the reverse then gave depth and perspective. Perhaps there should be trees, I thought, more twirls formed the trees and then the apples. Apples started to fall to the ground and to roll to low spots. Perhaps there should be children gathering them, I thought. Little girls appeared, two of them more interested in the collecting than the other – who read her book. I thought of body positions, sitting, reaching, bracing on a hillside. I was able to do this quickly and fluidly – I am always amazed when this happens. And so this cheerful illustrative painting came into being.
And so it goes sometimes, when I put brush to canvas.
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.
A Sketch Can be Made in Painter or Photoshop
Final Painting with Additional Texture Layer Applied
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.
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.
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.
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.