Striking 2

Striking 2

Thunderstorms are thoroughly fascinating, the climax being of course the lightning strikes. I have not yet mastered painting lightning bolts… realistically, but i am gradually getting there. Usually I have to rely on photos, on account of the brief nature of a lightning strike. With an iPad, I know you can hold down the camera button for several seconds, and hope to catch one during that burst, but hey–I am sure Pixabay has a ton of free creative commons photos on all kinds of thunderstorms.
Digitally painted on my iPad Air with a finger and stylus. Based on a Creative Commons photo, and finished on 8/2/19.

Distant Warmth 2b

Distant Warmth 2b

Digitally painted from imagination.

Digitally painted from imagination.  This is a revision of one of my favorite paintings. My preferred style of painting is semi-impressionist. Although I normally do my digital paintings on my iPad, ArtRage for the PC is the most capable application I know for producing digital paintings with a traditional painting appearance. If you have a graphics tablet, even the process is a lot like the real thing, as you smear and scrape thick paint around on a textured surface that the paint interacts with.

 

 

Tree and Valley

Tree and Valley

Digitally painted on my PC with MyPaint and my graphics tablet.

Digitally painted on my PC with MyPaint and my graphics tablet.

This is from a long time ago, many years ago. I didn’t have my iPad Air then, just some PC programs and my graphics tablet. As usual, I was just winging it,  trying to come up with something. The program I used was MyPaint, a simple yet excellent digital painting program. I encourage you to try it out. You may become addicted!

Note: I have to look to see if Mypaint is still available. If not, there are other similar options, which I may discuss here.

 

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