The Fox and the Tree

Practice drawing using Corel Painter

I recently updated to Corel Painter 2022.

I used the previous versions to create illustrations for my books.

To better understand how to adjust brushes for my needs, I created 2 of my own.

I created this unplanned drawing to try them out.

The fox is from a practice drawing in 2013. I converted it into a PNG.

Odd Flower

Doodle created while exploring Procreate brushes with Apple Pencil 2

After years of resisting, I finally got a new Apple pencil. I lost the first, when I accidentally dropped on the floor without noticing. Later, I found Molly chewing on it.

I replaced it with a basic model without pressure sensitivity. It took all the fun out of doodling on the iPad.

When I checked out the updates on Procreate, it made me realize how much I missed it. So, I treated myself to a new Apple pencil 2. What I difference.

This doodle came out of trying different brushes. My favourite subjects are flowers and visitors to the garden. I had no specific flower in mind. Which is why the flower and leaf combination most likely does not exist in nature.


Sketch of dog created with ArtRage android app on Samsung Galaxy Note Pro

Molly’s first family mistreated her. She had to be rescued. 

The stress made her anxious and even more agitated. This made her less likely to be adopted, especially by a family with young children.

Frantic dogs need a lot of time and patience. 

At the beginning, she ate rocks, licked walls and furniture. She also had the bad habit of jumping on people. 

First, I had to earn her trust, and then I could teach her to control her emotions. 

Sketching her resting calmly was rewarding. 

Molly and I still enjoy quiet times together.

Recurring Delight

Creative editing

Creative editing

Inspired by a Photoshop tutorial.

Instead of using the stock image provided, I used one of my own with a background I created.

Using select > subject saved a lot of time.

Original image


View of fall leaves from window

Beautiful fall colours viewed from window.

Photo taken with iPad Pro

Edited with Photoshop Express

Finishing touches with Brushstroke iPad app

All completed on tablet


Geranium in full bloom

Interspecific geranium hybrid blooming with Derby Bound daylily. The photo enhancement created with Topaz Labs Impressions.