Thursday, April 5, 2007

Denver Introductory Painter X Workshop

I will be teaching an Introductory Painter X workshop this June 11-14 in Denver, Colorado. Photographer Karrie Davis is hosting the workshop and is located in Centennial, Colorado—a suburb of Denver.

This Introductory Expressive Photographic Interpretation workshop will introduce you to Corel® Painter™ X, utilizing its revolutionary Smart Stroke brushes. This technology enables new users to create finished works of art with no painting or drawing experience.

The workshop will guide you through the process of combining Adobe®Photoshop® and Corel Painter X to transform photographs into painted results. Painter X’s breaktrough Smart Stroke technology will be highlighted in this session.

Using this tool, compelling art can be generated in a single mouse click, then utilized for further refinement. Utilizing exploration-encouraging Safety Net techniques, the class will learn by working along with me on the same image. You'll also receive my custom Smart Stroke brushes.

Students should have some experience with Photoshop as a basis for this class. No Painter experience is necessary. Students are responsible for their own laptop with both Photoshop and Painter X installed (a fully functional 30-day trial version of Painter X is available at A Wacom tablet is highly recommended and essential if you intend on continuing developing your own expressive interpretations.

Visit the Denver Introductory Painter X Workshop page for additional information.

I hope to see some of you there!


  1. Hi John Derry: I see some pretty nice work on your site but am curious. The picture of the man with the gun looks very painterly but you say it is from a photo. As a fine artist who paints pleine aire as well as in a studio from live models, I find that I can do this as well with my Wacom and Painter X. First I sketch my subject, then use the tools I want to finish it. Is there any workshop that does what I do? I like doing it this way because it improves my eye-hand coordination, painter skills, and doesn't just leave me learning the use of Painter tools to make something "look" like a painting. Thanks for all the instruction and time you take with Painter Newsletter. Your imput is appreciated.

  2. Hi:

    The genie is out of the bottle! The rise of digital photography has made it absolutely simple to mix photographs with Painter's natural-media tools. Entering this brave new world are a multitude of people that don't have a background in traditional drawing and painting skills, yet yearn to creatively express themselves. The combination of tools like Painter with digital photography offer novel approaches to bridging the appearance of traditional expressive tools with photographs. These tools offer many the opportunity to express themselves in ways they may have never otherwise attempted.

    Beyond, there are artists with traditional skills that find the admixture of Painter and photography as valuable allies in producing entirely new possibilities. And you can't deny the fact that the ability to undo a bad brush stroke or ink line provides an invaluable safety net in the service of production art.

    Traditional media like drawing and painting aren't going away any time soon, if ever. Their long traditions and permanence ensures a robust future. A pencil, watercolors, gouache and sketchbook are still far less expensive than a laptop, tablet, and software. There is an immediacy connected with sketching that is hard to duplicate digitally. The lack of an undo (well, perhaps the eraser is the traditional undo!) demands commitment to the applied strokes. The resulting art is a record of the artist's commitment to an idea.

    You might want to visit both and and take a look around. There is a broad spectrum of artists at these web sites sharing ideas and art—both traditional and digital. A variety of workshops are offered through these organizations.

    Viva la Painter!