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January 2007

The Painter Canvas is an inspirational monthly electronic newsletter exclusively for our Painter community.

Corel Painter IX.5
With John Derry

2007 New Year's Resolutions for Corel® Painter™ Users
It's the beginning of a new year—time to renew our resolve to do better, improve our lives, and generally get into shape. Following are a few suggestions to help you buff up your Corel® Painter™ creative muscles. Read more >>

As we kick off the new year, let's take a stroll through the best featured tutorials, tips, and Painter Wow! Tips from 2006. Enjoy this fantastic collection—the best of the best!

Creating Automated Painterly Effects Without an Automated Look by Karen Sperling (January)

The Magic of Blender Brushes by Fay Sirkis (February/March)

Creating a Custom Brush to Paint Fur and Hair by Don Seegmiller (June)

Inking for Comics, Cartooning, and Manga in Corel Painter by Jared Hodges (October)

Corel Painter Essentials 3: Creating a painting from a digital photo (January)

Using the Art Pen (May)

Using the Liquid Metal Plugin (September)

Creating a digital watercolor from a photo with Corel Painter IX.5 (November)

Creating a pencil sketch from a photo with Corel Painter IX.5 (November)

All by Cher Threinen-Pendarvis

Adding Impressionist Texture to a Photograph (June)

Melting into Watercolor with Corel Painter IX.5 (July)

Build your own custom palette for painting with pastels in Corel Painter IX.5 (November)

The Set Paper Color command, Eraser's Eraser, and the new Corel® Painter™ IX.5 Eraser tool
By Jinny Brown

Get step-by-step guidance while working with the Set Paper Color command and two Erasers in Corel Painter.
Learn more >>

Have you developed a unique Painter brush? Would you like to share your brush with other Painter users? Email it to us:

Check out the Brush of the Month Archives >>

Corel Painter Wins 2007 Hot One Award from Professional Photographer!
Corel Painter once again wins the painting software category in the Professional Photographer Hot One Awards! Learn more >>

Here's a glance at what's hot and happening in the Corel community:
Get a FREE 30-day trial to The Digital Painting Forum, hosted by Painter Master Marilyn Sholin. The forum has over 2,200 members and 27,000 posts about Corel Painter, Corel® Painter™ Essentials 3, digital painting, art and the business of creating, marketing and selling digital art. To get your free 30-day trial, send one email to with the subject line: "Painter Canvas". Put your name and state or country in the email. You will be emailed the access code for your account.
See Fay Sirkis on Photoshop TV! During the week of January 15, 2007, world renowned Painter Master Fay Sirkis appeared on Photoshop TV with host Scott Kelby. Learn more about the Corel Painter IX.5 Photo-Painting Palettes with Fay Sirkis. Learn more >>

John Derry
January 29 to February 4, 2007: Delray Beach, Florida. Join John Derry, Corel Painter Ambassador, for his seminar "Dip a Paintbrush into Your Photographs with Corel Painter!" This class is suited to those seeking to transform photographs into expressive works of art. You'll start with John's exploration-encouraging Safety Net techniques, then apply them to your photographs via Expressive Photographic Interpretation. Students will learn to personalize brushes to suit their individual style. John coaches each student, analyzing their work, then assists in developing unique brushes. Learn more.

Karen Sperling
January 29 to 31, 2007: Tarzana, California. Artistry Retreat, followed by the "Artistry GARTEL: Photoshop Wisdom Workshop" on February 1 and 2, 2007. Calling all photographers! Come to the "Artistry Retreat" to earn the Corel Painter IX.5 steps and concepts you need to turn photos into paintings. Learn more.

April 24 to 26, 2007: Tarzana, California. Due to popular demand, Karen has announced new dates for her informative Artistry Retreats! Learn more.

Don't forget to check out Karen's Artistry Tips and Tricks e-zine. The January 2007 issue covers how to paint wildlife as the subject and also as the background for portraits. Learn more.

Fay Sirkis:
February 5 to 9, 2007: Los Osos, California. Attend Fay's "Photo Painting Workshop" and "Paint Like a Master" at the Lepp Institute of Digital Imaging. Learn more.

February 12 to 16, 2007: Destin, Florida. Attend Fay's "Paint Like a Master" workshop at the Ramada Plaza Beach Resort. Email to learn more.

March 12 to 16, 2007 : Melbourne, Florida. Take your skills to a new level at the "Paint Like a Master" hands-on photo painting workshop at Southern Photo Art. Email to learn more.

March 24 to 29, 2007: Las Vegas, Nevada. Come meet Fay at the Corel Booth at the WPPI Convention and trade show. Learn more.

April 4 to 6, 2007: Boston, Massachusetts. Attend the Paint like a Master Seminar at the Photoshop World Conference. Learn more.

April 16 to 20, 2007 : Los Osos, California. Attend Fay's "Photo Painting Workshop" at the Lepp Institute of Digital Imaging. Learn more.

May 16 to 20, 2007 : Los Osos, California. Attend Fay's "Paint like a Master Workshop" at the Lepp Institute of Digital Imaging. Learn more.

June 25 to 29, 2007 : Los Osos, California. Attend Fay's "Photo Painting Animal and Pets!" Workshop at the Lepp Institute of Digital Imaging. Learn more.

August 6 to 9 2007: Long Island, New York. Take your skills to a new level at the "Paint Like a Master" hands-on photo painting workshop at The Long Island Photo Workshop. Email to learn more.

Jeremy Sutton:
February 5 to 8, 2007: San Francisco, California. Join Jeremy in his San Francisco studio gallery for "Introductory Painter Classes with a Focus on Creativity"—a four-day class in which you'll learn a creative and fearless approach to painting from photos using Corel Painter. This class is a great way to dive right in and get going with Corel Painter. Artist and author Jeremy Sutton will guide you through building up a solid foundation and then applying the powerful features of Corel Painter with an artistic flair. Learn more.

May 7 to 11, 2007: San Francisco, California. Collage Workshops: Corel Painter is a fabulous tool for creating incredible, beautiful, powerful, evocative collages. Jeremy Sutton has been using Corel Painter to create unique collage portraits for many years and is now, for the first time, sharing his insights and techniques with digital and traditional media in a new series of Collage Workshops for a limited number of students. These sessions take place in his San Francisco studio gallery. More details.

Read more on "Us," one of Jeremy's collages

Jeremy Sutton is excited to welcome 2007 with the arrival of his newest DVD set: "Expanding Your Creativity: The Art of Collage Portraiture." This DVD covers collage techniques and strategies both within Corel Painter IX.5 as well as with traditional media on the canvas print. For details and to order, please visit: The collage shown here is a portrait of San Francisco that Jeremy did over the New Year using the same techniques that he shares in my DVD set. Learn more.

Enjoy Complete Immersion in Hands-On Creativity with Corel Painter! Join Jeremy at his San Francisco studio and gallery for one (or more than one) class. Jeremy offers classes for all levels, including Painter Creativity Seminars for beginners, Painter Panache Master Classes for more advanced users, and specialized classes in Collage and Impressionist Painting. View his full 2007 class schedule.

Helen Yancy:
Check out the new Helen Yancy Enhancement Palette with Painter Steps—an interactive digital palette that sits on your desktop. Learn high-end enhancement of a face and easy steps to an exquisite watercolor with the new interactive palette from Helen Yancy. With step-by-step keys on the palette, you can learn from each linked movie as you work on your image. The palette will enable you to learn and grow with clear instruction and bring your creativity to new heights, faster than ever before! Nothing is left out! Learn more.

Introducing "Helen Yancy A Painter Perspective." This 60-page book features a gallery of Corel Painter images in Helen's award-winning representational style. It retails at $69.00 USD, but Helen is offering it to Painter Canvas readers in soft cover for the introductory price of $59 plus shipping. This book will be a companion to an instructional book to be released later this year. Email to learn more.

Helen Yancy Workshops and Presentations:

January 28 to 31, 2007: Chicago area, Indiana. Join Helen for a hands-on class at the Burrell Education Center. As an early adopter of Painter software, Helen has been instrumental in the advancement of digital imagery in the photography world for many years. Great class as a refresher or for beginners to learn Painter techniques. Call 800-348-8732 for more information.

February 3, 2007: Des Moines, Iowa. Helen will present a 6 hour seminar, lecture and demonstration for the Professional Photographers of Iowa on creating high-end portraiture and imagery with Corel Painter. Contact Bob Hawkins.

February 5, 2007: Western Michigan Professional Photographers will host Helen for an all-day workshop on representational painting with Corel Painter. Contact James Churchill.

February 23 to 27, 2007: Helen will present an all-day lecture and demonstration on the magic of Corel Painter for the Massachusetts Professional Photographers Association. Contact Nancy Green.

March 9, 2007: Las Vegas, Nevada. Getting started with Corel Painter! at PMA! The Photo Marketing Association (PMA), will host Helen for a hands-on workshop. Find out how was easy it is to transform photographs into stunning paintings with the Corel Painter Photo Painting Palettes. Learn more.

March 19, 2007: New York Professional Photographers Convention: Helen will speak and demonstrate Corel Painter for creating new imagery and exquisite products to increase sales. Contact Karen Dyer.

March 26, 2007: Las Vegas, Nevada. WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International). Helen will present a platform lecture and demonstration, "Saleable Painter: The Photographer's Edge." Learn how Helen uses Corel Painter to create images that sell in a portrait and wedding studio!

April 15, 2007: Atlanta, Georgia. Helen will speak on and demonstrate Corel Painter for new creating imagery and exquisite products to increase sales. Contact Buddy Stewart.

Marilyn Sholin:
February 7, 2007: The Professional Photographers of California presents the Pro Photo Expo 2007. In "Merging Portraits and Art: New Rules No Limits" Marilyn redefines the art of portraiture to "portraiture as art." Her program tells you how she has achieved the status of artist and portrait photographer, merging the two into one image for her clients. Learn more.

February 26 to 27, 2007: Sarasota, Florida at the Digital Technology Center. Two-Day Beginner Painter Class. Sign up here.

February 28, 2007: Sarasota, Florida. One-Day ADVANCED Painter workshop. Sign up here. Learn more.

March 18, 2007: Professional Photographers of Illinois Convention. Full Day Program of Corel Painter, marketing, and sales combined titled "Merging Portraits and Art: New Rules No Limits." Learn more.

April 17, 2007: Santa Rosa, California. PPRE Evening Program Learn more.

April 18 and 19, 2007: Santa Rosa, California. Two-Day Painter Workshop. Learn more.

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