Sunday, March 24, 2013


Today I'm sharing a small portion of my studies from the Art of Creative Cloning. I think it's ironic that part of the word fundamentals is "fun" because this week didn't feel like fun, but maybe that's because I am also new to the abundance of information at the Artist Quarters. The first project was to crop the eye portion from a portrait and create a sampler of the brushes Tim Shelbourne generously created and provided for class. My first thought was "Ugh this isn't any fun" and pouted like a child in front of a plate of vegetables not wanting to eat them but being told they were good for me. I told myself, "You're an adult snap out of it! No one is going to do this for you!" I sat down opened the tutorial and listened to Tim patiently explain what to do. I don't know if it was his patience in speaking or his attention to detail that started to put me at ease but one by one I tested and played with each brush and found myself feeling the sensitivity of the brushes with the canvas, which was exactly the purpose of these fundamentals. This first week was overwhelming but with good cause and with an eerie feeling that something was always watching me.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

An Endless Journey

"Books can be like puppies in a pet store; you just want to take them all home!"~Andrea Auletta
With the new generation reading more through digital formats I think it's cool my art post today will one day be associated with the descriptive words "vintage" or "classic." This photograph has many of the attributes I love to paint in oils such as depth, lines, color and the ability to make you wonder. I wonder what he is reading and what book is awaiting under his arms? Can't you just hear the stillness of the setting and smell the aroma of coffee in the air? 
  The digital art world is an endless learning journey. I'm also reading a lot in my new online painting class "The Art of Creative Cloning in Corel Painter at the Artist's Quarter and look forward to hopefully having some interesting pieces to share with you. They say knowledge is power and he (she) who has knowledge is in control of their own destiny. So with that, I'm off to hopefully create my own destiny full of many more paintings and hug my pup Gigi who is terribly spoiled and happy that she's the only puppy I have at home!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Escape from Alcatraz

 Ready, Set, Go! This is "Escape from Alcatraz" the start of the most difficult triathlon in the world held in San Francisco. Only 2,000 serious competitors ranging in age from 13 to 80 years old from more than 35 countries were able to qualify to participate in this notorious race.
   I first cropped and adjusted the photo in Lucis Pro then tediously painted with Den's Oil Brushes adding more grain to each brushstroke and then finally enhanced the impasto style texture using Corel Painter 12's texture options. I wanted to express artistically how challenging this triathlon really is for these incredible athletes and highlight the world famous Golden Gate bridge still standing after 75 years, equally representing strength and endurance through swift currents, deep water and strong winds. This piece can be purchased at in a variety of formats. I love hearing your comments and trust me it's alot easier than racing in a triathlon ;)

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Please Don't Feed the Ducks

I learn something with every post, but sometimes not always what I learn has to do with Corel Painter or digital art. This post is an example of that. The park is a perfect place to relax and capture moments with my camera that I like to paint. This gentleman apparently also visits the park regularly by the looks of the relationship he has created with the geese and the ducks. I've been to the park many times with only my camera in hand and have read the signs, "Don't feed the ducks" and  honestly never really knew why, until now. Knowing that most people feed them bread,  I did some research and found out that people who think they are doing good by feeding them are actually making them fat which means they cannot fly away causing a disruption in their genetic path of life. Yes, I do realize he is actually feeding a goose which may be the only technicality that could possibly keep him from being included. But my title still stands...Don't feed the ducks and my park sign would include the geese too!