Art, Knobs, Uncategorized

What to do if you forgot to keep your layers separate…

Depending on what I'm doing, sometimes I like to keep my layers separated by color.  When working in Corel Painter, I love being able to select just one color and add a highlight or shadow to that part of the picture without having to worry that I'm disturbing the entire image.  Below is an example… Continue reading What to do if you forgot to keep your layers separate…

Art, Art & Design, Business, Uncategorized

New Art Licensing Options

At this point in my art career, I'm not yet ready to work with an agent or studio to license my designs.  But I have been creating some new designs for different markets - like these cute bunnies for the gift bag market.  I was hanging on to my designs, building my portfolio with the… Continue reading New Art Licensing Options

Art, Art & Design, Uncategorized

Filling your artistic bag of tricks

I've spent years nailing down my "signature style" - most intensely this past summer which ultimately led to months of not being able to produce anything.  Obsessing over my "style" and trying to be consistent with it sucked all the joy out of creating.  It took me a long time to get back to working… Continue reading Filling your artistic bag of tricks

Art & Design, Chinoiserie, Uncategorized

My favorite brush for florals

I've been using Corel Painter since 2011, and I have always had my favorite brushes (the air brush being the main one) but since I've been upping my floral game lately, I branched out and tried a few new brushes.  Now by new, I don't mean the fancy ones that I've purchased as additions to… Continue reading My favorite brush for florals

Art, Art & Design, Artistic Home, Chinoiserie, Uncategorized

Incorporating my style into a new series

Classic Chinoiserie sometimes has more simplified elements than those that I tend to produce. But I'm not letting that get in my way of producing Chinoiserie style paintings. Rather I am learning to incorporate my own opulent and elaborate florals into chinoiserie art by keeping my elements elegant and maintaining the flow found in both… Continue reading Incorporating my style into a new series

Art, Art & Design, Uncategorized

I finally found myself as an artist – and I was right where I left me…

Asian art has always influenced my work. From the time I was little, I looked at photographs of Chinese art that my Grandfather loved. He brought me a lacquered cigarette box when I was young because the inlaid birds and flowers were so beautiful. I collected pheasant vases in cobalt blue and ivory - and… Continue reading I finally found myself as an artist – and I was right where I left me…

Art, Art & Design, Uncategorized

How to create a batik effect in Corel Painter

I love creating textile designs more than anything these days, and the program I use most often to create my designs is not Photoshop.  Don't get me wrong...I use Photoshop every day and despite my initial reluctance to learn it, I do love it.  But since 2009, I have been using Corel Painter for my… Continue reading How to create a batik effect in Corel Painter