Saturday, February 25, 2012

CHINA TOWN SAN FRANCISCO


It's Official! My first painting post using Corel Painter 12! It's been a little challenging using the new layout and creating new habits to get my workflow back to where it was but I'm closer and with each new painting I know I will feel more comfortable. I took this photograph while visiting San Francisco. I fell in love with the city and it's energy. It's variety in landscaped buildings and the beauty of the bridge is something you have to experience for yourself. I loved the bridge so much we drove back and forth on it several times! Looking forward to taking a second look at the photographs we took of this exciting trip and continuing my artistic growth and knowledge by digging deeper into the newer painting software. Hope you like where it's taking me too. I read a quote that says "Without change, something sleeps inside us, and never awakens. My artistic spirit is alive and my eyes are wide open hope you'll stick around for what's next and thanks for your unending support following my blog. Please feel free to leave your comments below.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

THE BAGEL MAN

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I took this photo at one of our local bagel shops that we visit most weekends. This guy is constantly busy behind the scenes through this glass window making sure that all the customer's get the freshest of bagles when ordering their breakfast and every time we see him he greets us with a smile. This time it was fun to capture him hard at work and show him some apprecation for putting everything he has into what I think is his own artistic creation! It just happens to be made of water and flour!  I'm currently enrolled in an online class for 4 weeks at the Digital Art Academy with Instructor Skip Allen and have upgraded my software to Corel Painter 12 and also previewing my latest DVD Tutorials from Jeremy Sutton. It's a big change from the usual layout that I've grown accustomed to and is really challenging me. Much of my usual painting time has been dedicated to this new upgrade and I look forward  to my next post San Francisco Chinatown painted entirely in Corel  12.   

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

THE BOOKSTORE




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While taking a short break from my new focus on tutorials for the Corel Painter 12 software,  I have been switching back and forth to finish painting this photograph that I took during one of my visits to a local bookstore. This was shortly after one of the larger chain book stores closed and so my thoughts went direcly to today's endlessly increasing technology that might make bound paper books a thing of the past. Of course, I am a fan of technology. It is my main source and medium that allows me the ability to create my paintings but when I saw this young girl on her knees, deeply engaged in flipping the pages and seemingly getting lost into all that surrounded her,  I realized it could very well be that her children one day might only be browsing the hand held "book computers" such as the Kindle in the not so distant future. These are such simple things lost and will soon be a part of stories starting with "When I was a kid...."

Sunday, January 8, 2012

THE ONE

I started painting this piece after not being satisfied with another image that was to be a New Years post. During my painter's block, I selected this photo of  my friend's wedding dress that I took when she married six years ago. Yes, that is how long I have had this in my "to paint file" along with many others patiently waiting for me to choose them to be transformed into a work of art. The path of inspiration can have its ups and downs but when a photograph comes together and presents itself to me in its artistic form I find joy and motivation to continue scanning through my file to paint.  I decided to paint this in mostly acrylics with texture accents and name it "The One" because so many brides search through so many beautiful gowns to finally choose "The One" that makes them feel like a princess as they glide gracefully down the aisle to marry their prince in a fairytale wedding that most little girls dream of. It's hard to believe the bride is now a mother of a beautiful baby girl, maybe one day she will want to wear her mom's dress on her special day!