Creating Digital Art

A few years ago I was introduced to digital painting via a computer program, Corel Painter 11. I flailed around with frustrated attempts at figuring out how to use it and then set it aside as interesting, but, with an arrogant attitude, I dismissed it as not 'real' art. (Right.  We all know what 'real' art is.)  An attitude for which I now eat humble pie and have upgraded over the years to Corel Painter 2017.  I love digital art. It is profoundly creative, requires little space, and can be 'cleaned up' with a click save.

Have I given up other media?  No! 

A creative imagination is virtually boundless in using media, whether finger paints, acrylics, pastels, watercolors, charcoal, oils, pencils, fabrics, mud, or computer programs. Over the years I've experimented with all of the above and have liked each of them for various reasons. The creamy richness of feel and color of pastels, the immediacy of acrylics, the translucence of watercolors, the quickness of charcoals all make my heart sing when I'm playing with them.  As does the limitless application of digital art. 

Creating art is healing and it is ageless. The young, the elders, and everyone in between can participate in the magic of creating... from mud pies to digital art. I urge you to spread your creative wings and soar.

In my studio painting with Corel Painter 2017. The paintings on the wall are my acrylics.

In my studio painting with Corel Painter 2017. The paintings on the wall are my acrylics.

As with other media, I begin with a sketch for my digital art.

As with other media, I begin with a sketch for my digital art.

I 'paint' using a Wacom tablet and pen and a keyboard.

I 'paint' using a Wacom tablet and pen and a keyboard.

The initial sketch using charcoal and pastel brushes via the Wacom tablet and pen.

The initial sketch using charcoal and pastel brushes via the Wacom tablet and pen.

Here the image is magnified so that I can apply detail work.

Here the image is magnified so that I can apply detail work.

Whether creating with 'real' paints or digital paints, it all makes me happy.

Whether creating with 'real' paints or digital paints, it all makes me happy.