Saturday, November 22, 2014

"Kitty" the Calculating Feline

I recently completed this painting of an extraordinary house cat named "Kitty."  Apparently no ordinary name stuck so the cat retained the nickname of her class.  Kitty is a pretty cat with a wild streak.  She attacks canine invaders by sitting in wait behind a chair and leaping out unexpectedly to terrify all comers.  Bathroom doors remain closed as she has a predilection for toilet paper.  She may leave it in clawed tatters or roll it out upon the floor.  She tiptoes regally across the half-wall above the stairs to drive the dog crazy, then dashes down the stairs in a mad sprint calculated to evade all pursuers.  This is not a memorial painting as Kitty is alive, well, and as mischievous as ever except when she is cuddled up with her loving owner.


Thursday, November 20, 2014

My Wacom Tablet

I have been working on a painting of a mule deer lately, but began having trouble with the pen that comes with my Wacom tablet.  I suspected that I needed a new nib since the mouse was painting properly.  I found the nibs on the Wacom site, but was unable to determine whether they would be compatible with my older model pen and tablet.  So....I called Wacom support and talked to a young man who determined that all was compatible.  Then he patiently walked me through the process of finding out whether the pen's nib was the problem.  It appears that it is probably the troublemaker.

My interaction with Victor of the support team was outstanding.  He was patient and knowledgeable and spoke clearly to my personal needs.  He even sent me an email detailing the process for upgrading my driver.  If you have ever considered a tablet for your artwork, I highly recommend Wacom.  How can you lose when you have such excellent service at your fingertips?

Paint some pixels today.

Friday, November 14, 2014

From Trouble to Paintings

I have used blogger before, but I really messed up this new blog.  It took several days to get it working right and behaving normally with much outstanding support from the Blogger Help Forum.  In the meantime I learned a lot about Blogger that I didn't know before.  Now I am up and running again and continue to add paintings to the galleries.

People frequently ask me, "How can you paint a picture on a computer."  I am sure some think I paint a picture and take a digital photo of it.  Actually, I take the picture first and use it as a reference for my painting.  Photoshop has a brush engine that can make any kind of brush you can dream of.  I can paint with oil, acrylic, water color, pastel, colored pencil, charcoal, crayon.  I can mix the media if I want.  I can add texture so that the painting looks like it was painted on canvas, charcoal paper, watercolor paper and others.  Some brushes smear the pixels and move colors around just like using paint.  I have a Wacom tablet which allows me to hold an electronic brush (mouse in pen form) like a pen, pencil or brush.  This makes it easier to get the free flowing strokes as if I am actually drawing or using paint.

Make a mistake?  Undo.  No odors.  No paint in my hair.  No studio needed.  No drying time (except after printing).  Can easily make multiple copies of any chosen size.

As you can see I love photo realism so my paintings look much like photos, but have more detail.  I don't take realism into the realm of fantasy as the surrealists do, but I want to have fur look like you can pet it and hair like you could braid it.  I love to make the eyes glow and sparkle.  I like to create images that are a little too perfect.

Like any other pursuit it takes practice.  Look at the painting below.  It was one of my first and I was baffled as to how to use the electronic brushes so I was experimenting.  The child is also very young with skin that had no imperfections to shroud.  It doesn't look very painterly, but I love it and learned from doing it.  You can see most of my efforts in the rendering of the background.  Hey...that's a start and we all have to start somewhere if we want to learn.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014


Just want you to know that I am in the process of solving some design problems.  Please come back again when I get this up and running the way I want it.  Thanks.