The Digital Palette

Modern Tools - Classical Methods

Featured Student - Irene Bowers

This absolutely stunning painting was created in Photoshop CC by Beyond the Brushes student, Irene Bowers.  

Irene became a member of Beyond the Brushes in September 2019. Like many artists, she's no longer satisfied with the typical "pixel mushing" used by mainstream digital painters. Her goal with joining was to achieve a more...

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One painting - Four Finishes

I did an interesting social media experiment a couple of weeks back.  I created a single painting and then altered it into four slightly different finishes.  Then I posted to social media asking everyone to select their favorite and give a reason why.

What a fascinating glimpse into individual art tastes this was!  

The image...

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Creative Heart - Planting Seeds

Paintings are like plants that grow from seeds.  

Plant enough seeds, and eventually they’ll blossom.  

It’s just a matter of putting that first brushstroke down with regular, deliberate practice and before you know it, you’re surrounded by a garden of sunflowers.

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Featured Student - Traci Newlin

This beautiful painting was created by Beyond the Brushes student, Traci Newlin. She has been a member of Beyond the Brushes since September 2019.
 
Traci has attended several workshops on painting, in both Painter and Photoshop prior to becoming a Beyond the Brushes member. However, in her own words...
 
"Painter drove me crazy...
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The Number One Job of ANY Painter

Do you know what your number one job as a painter is? No matter if you're painting digitally or with oils, acrylics, or whatever...

Your number one, can't miss it, gotta' get it right priority?

S.I.M.P.L.I.F.Y.

If you find yourself constantly obsessed with the details -- STOP.

The majority of the old masters didn't obsess over...

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In the Style of Laszlo

The highest scoring print is the most complex to create, right?

Wrong.

If you've read my article on the making of "He Loves Me Not", you know that it received a "perfect" score of 100.  If you haven't read it, click HERE.  Most competitors assume this is because it was the most complex image in my case (that mysterious 13th...

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The Making of a "Perfect" Score

100

The “perfect” score.

I use quotes because the reality is — 100 does not mean perfection.  100 means that an image exemplifies exceptional application of the 12 elements and therefore has scored at the top of the exceptional category. 

A 100 scoring image can have “mistakes”.

I don’t know...

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Consider Your Audience

One of the things I’ve always tried to do when I teach painting is to teach my students to consider their audience as they paint… especially if the audience is PPA judges.

Let’s face it — print competition is a game that I know how to play well.  So this year, I decided to become an example by NOT following my own...

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Creating Depth in Photoshop Painting

One of the biggest mistakes novice painters make (especially those who are professional photographers) is blending their paintings too smooth.

Bokeh is not really a thing in painting y'all

Think about how paint overlaps when it's placed on one stroke at a time.  When the background is too smooth, it feels overworked and...

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That's NOT Painting!

"That's not painting!" he exclaimed.

Out of the mouths of babes, y'all... 

If there were ever a topic to get me into hot water -- it's this one! I'm about to step on some digital painting toes in a big way.

But truth is truth!

Last week, I had the immense pleasure of spending the day with a very talented young artist.  This young...

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