Winifred Makes Portraits Paintings Sizzle

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

Friends

Lady of Gold – Painting from Imagination

Reposed

Don’t Spill the Martini

Flower in Her Hair

Lady with Umbrella

Her Back

Big Curls

The Picture Taker

Cookie

Girls Got to Have Fun

Yellow Hat

Flowers in Her Hat

I also enjoy Making and painting with Patterns in Painter.  The following are a couple of examples.

Lady with Pearls

Exotic

Thank You! Winifred

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Workspace, Arrange Pallets, Custom Pallets in Corel Painter X3

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.

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Winifred’s Paintings of Trees

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.

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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

Picking Apples

Shadow Play

The Plaza

In the Garden

Cypress Trees

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!

Dancing Trees

Trees and Shrubs – Painted with Patterns

Imaginary Farm

Heavy with Leaves

Kneeling Boughs

 

 

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Register for Almost One to One Summer Workshop

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!

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Winifred’s Painting with Patterns Workshop is Scheduled

Painting with Patterns Online 6 Hour Mini Live Session Workshop 

Coming Saturday June 1st, 2013  –  8 a.m. PST

Register Now For the Early Bird Discount – Ends May 14th

I enjoy incorporating patterns into my paintings. I tend to include patterns structurally into my painting even if not selecting patterns from my Pattern Library.

However, recently I created several paintings which included custom patterns from my library. Many viewers were enjoyed these unusual paintings and I received several inquiries from several wanting  to learn more about this process. Hence,  I have scheduled a Painting with Patterns Online 6 Hour Mini Live Session Workshop. I enjoy creating such paintings very much and I am sure it will be fun for you as well. I enjoy both the process creating patterns and the process of identifying creative ways to include and insert them into paintings. In the workshop, we will do both.

Although portraits are featured on this page. Patterns are equally suitable to include creatively in building exteriors and interiors, outdoor scenes, in clothing, and in any creative way you can imagine.

Click Here to View Painting with Patterns Workshop Details Here 

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…. and just for play!!  We can work with simple images in the workshop if you like.

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Winifred Creating Triangles in Composition

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.

Triangular Composition


  • The triangle is used as a tool in composition to indicate the important elements in a work of art. The artist will create the primary subject inside the boundaries of a large imaginary triangle. The viewer will intuitively be drawn into the important elements of the picture through the use of triangular composition. There may be smaller triangular compositions that complement the main subject. There are no rules as to the size or placement of the triangular composition.
  • 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.


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Almost One to One Online Digital Painting Training

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.

 

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Winifred is Also Painting in Photoshop

After years  of painting in Corel Painter, a friend suggested I learn to paint in Photoshop – particularly since I enjoy teaching digital painting. I have created about 20 paintings in Photoshop.  You may see them on my site by clicking here.

People ask me if I have abandoned Painter?  Of course not. How wonderful it is to be able to paint using additional sophisticated software contained in both programs.

Conceptualizing a Painting from a Photo

This painting was created in Photoshop CS6, but this post is not about how to paint or use mixer brushes in Photoshop. I will begin the create these tutorials soon. Equally important to how to paint is conceptualizing and developing the structure and content of a painting.

Recently, I painted an scene I photographed in Italy.  I chose it as  the inspiration of my painting because of it’s  depth, composition, and light. it was not important to me to  reflect the realism of the photo thought I would retain of it;s structure. The first thing I did was to flip the image horizontally a visual check I always perform  I preferred it.  I then eradicated most of the image detail before beginning to express my vision to be contained within the shape and  form.

The following reflect some of the stages of the painting – perhaps too many.

My first consideration was  lines and composition of the reference image.

I flipped the image. The composition was strong in both directions, however, I felt this flipped version read a  little stronger. This  would be the version of the image I would work with.

I  reduced and simplified the elements on my canvas. I liked the complete simplicity of this form.


I  began to add in elements. I painted a pot and planter in the corner.  This seemed to work.

I decided a taller more structural plant would be a better choice.  I thought of the Italian Cypress.  The large light forms, earlier Pizzeria lights shapes were not working,

Below, I removed all light from the wall.

I simplified the “message board” on the near left, I thought this high contrast area still called too much attention to itself. It held my focus, rather than allowing my focus to  easily move beyond it.

Once visually within the space and the light, the darker area, just off center, stopped the flow too abruptly. This would need to be resolved.

I painted out part of the signage elements front left, attempting to lessen the  visual impact of this area.

I  “cut” an opening into the far dark wall to create a doorway. It created more light, focus and depth.

 

Extending  a light beam from the open door brought that area to life. The rectangular window shape was changed to an arch.

 

I darkened and subdued the signage further ( front left). I like the look of it and shadows were painted behind the planter.

I painted small lanterns on the wall, darkened and warmed the light tones of the light in the room. I actually like this version quite a lot. (Above) Ultimately, I painted away all of the signage,  and cropped part of the left side of the painting. I painted in additional light on the floor reflecting  light spill.  I was torn  about doing this – and I like this version as well. The cropped version is simple and quiet.Using the overlay blend mode, to deepened the tones and contrast, I applied a canvas texture and painted it in selectively using a layer mask. I added additional brushstrokes using a bevel and emboss layer style.  It is complete – for the moment, Thank you

To view a collection of my paintings created in Photoshop – CLICK HERE

Winifred’s Almost One To One Online Painting Workshops

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.

CLICK HERE to View WORKSHOP DETAILS HERE

 

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.

 

Please be sure to VIEW MY FINE ART GALLERY

 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.


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