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…
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
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
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…
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
Woodblock printing is a technique for printing text, images or patterns used widely throughout East Asia and originating in China in antiquity as a method of printing on textiles and later paper. As a method of printing on cloth, the earliest surviving examples from China date to before 220 AD. Wikipedia I wish I had the… Continue reading Creating woodblock prints digitally
I love working on a digital platform, but sometimes I really need to feel a brush against canvas or paper. Lately, I've been working in watercolor because I love the look of illustrated florals. Taking a watercolor into a digital environment isn't exactly complicated. Step 1: Paint a watercolor Step 2: Scan your watercolor Step… Continue reading It all starts with a little paint.