Thick Paint
Van Gogh (Part 3)

This “speed painting” video shares the creation of a painting based on my photograph of an Amsterdam canal and inspired by the brush stroke structure and color combinations of Van Gogh. I used the three brush variants discussed in Part 2 of this tutorial: Van Gogh Cloner (in Cloners category), Van Gogh and Auto Van Gogh (in Artists category). I also used the Impressionist (Artists category). At the end of the process I used Effects > Surface Control > Apply Surface Texture using Image Luminance to add a three dimensional embossment giving the impression of thick paint. This video does not include any instructional training, it merely shows creative process—art in action—with a musical background. The actual painting took about 45 minutes and has been compressed into about four minutes.

There are a few take-aways to note as you watch this “speed painting” video that can be instructive in the way you approach painting from photo reference in Painter. They are:

  • Almost NO cloning! You’ll see that throughout the process I pick my own color, usually from the Temporal Color Palette. Clone color will generally be grayer and less expressive, interesting and exciting compared with color you pick.

  • SIMPLE desktop. I hide the UI (User Interface) whenever possible (using the Tab key) and then paint without any palettes showing, just bringing up the Temporal Color Palette frequently as I adjust color.

  • FREQUENT adjustment to hue, value and saturation. See how often I am changing color.

  • INTENTIONAL brush stroke direction and length. Every mark I make is sculpting the forms in the painting.

  • Use of SOURCE image as reference in top left from 2 minutes 28 seconds in to the video. Even though I started painting directly on top of the photo, I reached a certain point when it was essential to observe the source photo as a separate image. This is observationally based painting.

Video length: 4 minutes 15 seconds

December 4, 2013
Painter X3 In-Depth
Thick Paint: Inspired by van Gogh (Part 2)


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3 Comments added

  1. December 13, 2013
    I love this! So inspirational! Reply
  2. December 14, 2013
    Jeremy, I enjoyed seeing how you completed a picture with just the Van Gogh brushes plus Impressionist brush. I looked at it several times to see how you changed brushes to get the effect and color you wanted. I enjoy seeing a picture completed so thank you for the demonstration. Each time a person reviews it,you see different strokes and ways to complete the picture. I am going to try that out on a picture of mine.. Thank you.. dfn Reply
  3. December 15, 2013
    Wow Jeremy and Vivaldi in Amsterdam. Magical! Reply