Three Friends Walking – Traditional Oil Painting

This has been a fun and challenging week of Painting.  I have painted so much that I’ve gone through a couple tubes of oil paint at this point – but that’s what it will take. 

I took photos prolifically, while in Italy.  I thought it adorable when I saw these three ladies walking. Actually, there was a fourth, as you can see in the reference photo, but I found her distracting. I also found the wall/garage door, in front of them distracting also.  I knew I would have to to develop a more interesting and creative environment.  In my first attempt to do this, as you can see in the tonal sketch at the bottom, I painted a wall of square columns – somewhat replicating the right side of the photo.  That didn’t work. Ideally, the design of the painting would be determined in the initial sketch phase – certainly by the time the tonal sketch is done – but sometimes, I just haven’t figured it out – and keep going. This is not the best approach.

“Three Friends Walking”

Ultimately I decided on a textured side of a building and a curved doorway.  I went with that idea. Still, what to put in front of them.  I didn’t know for the longest.  I rather enjoyed the ethereal look of “space”.  Finally, I envisioned it as an open landscape – leaving it largely to your imagination.  I could play with interesting color for a sky and create just a hint of a horizon line.  I would allow the painting  to maintain these few and simple elements – resting on Interesting light, shadow and color. I’m making baby steps with my oil painting and so long as I do, I hope to progress.

Reference Photo ( hemmed in by their environment)

Tonal Value Sketch –  a great way to see what doesn’t work!

Thank you for visiting my Blog!  Another post will be coming  quickly – colorful buildings, boats and a canal in Murano, Italy – many many boats!!  I never painted so many boats before!  Winifred

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Painting with Traditional Oils – Creating Still Life Paintings

Traditional Oil Still Life Paintings  

The Beginning!! You can watch me progress. I created these paintings during the past 3 weeks.  Really, oils out of tubes!!!  Some paintings have turned out better than others – no surprise!!  The first painting which you see was my first oil painting.  I  actually destroyed the canvas but kept this photo of it. Fortunately, I photograph various stages of a paintings development. This was a very early stage of  the oil painting.  I kept painting and painting until ultimately I ruined it. It was not worth the time to try to recover it – I just threw it out.  I’m glad I had such an early lesson on the detriment of overworking a painting.  

Above – My first oil painting 

Lighting is  one of the most important aspect of creating a still life,  Having a few fun items to paint is important as well. Almost anything can be interesting if well lit. I have used both daylight and artificial light as a source in my still life paintings.

Orange and Pear Simple Still Life

  I used daylight for the above painting of the orange and the pea abover.

I continue to enjoy lots of texture in my paintings, which I create allowing my brush to “dance” as I paint. Pretty fun.  Most of these paintings are 8×10.

 I paint almost everyday – stoping for a day only when I burnout,  before proceeding again.  

Above, Brass tea pot.  I will certainly create more.

 

 

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Matisse Inspired – In Conclusion

MATISSE INSPIRED – In Conclusion…

Hi Everyone,

Don’t you hate to feel this pause in our adventure!!  It will continue you know – in one form or another.

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Winifred - Matisse Inslired

One last Painting.  The title on the cover of the video below is misleading  – this video is not a discussion about the course.  After it was recorded, uploaded, downloaded and a few other  complicated maneuvers required to post it here, I noticed that I had not removed the text  which was appropriate elsewhere – it was too late – no more!!  This video is the recording of a painting which you have not seen – I don’t think –  it also shows a few of my Matisse inspired paintings

Creating a Painting from Photo Sketch 2

 For those of you who were not in the course, it was offered at Digital Art Academy where I am an instructor.  Please check them out.  Set up an account and browse through the many course offerings available.  This course will be available again soon as “Open Enrollment”, allowing you to  download all course content and to work at your own pace.

 

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Winifred is Painting in Painter X3 with Watercolors

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Painting with Pattern Pens Part 2

Please refer to previous post for Painting with Patterns – Video 1

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Making and Painting with Patterns

Hello Everyone,

You probably know by now that I love patterns and love to sketch, enhance,  or paint and fill with patterns.  This is a quick video to show you the process.  I hope you enjoy. Winifred

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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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