Announcing Los Angeles Artistry Retreats

Corel Painter Master Karen Sperling announces new classes featuring art lessons and Corel Painter steps for turning portrait and landscape photos into painted works of art.

Los Angeles, CA, September 15, 2011 --( Two-Day Intensive Corel Painter Workshops for Photographers.

Painting Portraits from Photos: Saturday and Sunday, October 15-16, 2011.

Painting Landscapes from Photos: Saturday and Sunday, October 22-23, 2011.

Photographers learn to turn their beautiful photos into exquisite works of art at the Artistry Retreats, taught in Los Angeles by Corel Painter Master and original Painter expert, Karen Sperling, who wrote the first several Painter manuals and the bestselling book, Painting for Photographers.

Divided into two separate workshops--one for painting portrait photos and the other for painting landscape photos--the Artistry Retreats get photographers up and running in Painter, a software program that lets you paint in oil and watercolor styles on the computer.

The Artistry Retreats, include:
• An overview of Corel Painter software basics, including a look at Painter's brushes.
• Art concepts and theories needed for painting photos like how to tell if a photo is a good candidate to be turned into a painting and how to choose colors.
• Hands on, step-by-step instructions for turning portrait or landscape photos into paintings in Painter.

After attending an Artistry Retreat, professional photographers have the tools to create artwork from their photos to sell to clients, through galleries and museums and in other, less conventional, ways, and hobbyists have the fundamentals to create nice paintings of their kids, grandkids and travels.

For more information, visit the Artistry web site


About the Instructor
Karen Sperling is the original Corel Painter expert. She demo’d Painter when it debuted at Boston Macworld in August 1991 after having written the first Painter manual. She went on to write the manuals for the next several versions of Painter and wrote several published Painter books, including her current bestselling book, Painting for Photographers. A Painter Master listed at Corel’s web site, Karen produced the Painting for Photographers DVD Volume 1: Portraits and the Painting for Photographers DVD Volume 2: Landscapes. She has created two bonus CDs featuring her own custom Painter brushes, one for painting portraits and the other for painting landscapes. The book, DVDs and CDs are available at the Artistry web site

Karen has taught and demo’d Painter for 20 years all over the United States at just about every venue there is, including the national Professional Photographers of America (PPA) convention, local PPA affiliates and PPA schools; WPPI; American Film Institute; Macworld; Seybold; and SIGGRAPH. Karen’s commissioned portraits and paintings are held in private collections around the world. Her abstract art has been exhibited in New York’s prestigious Chelsea section and during Art Basel Miami. Her portraits and fine art are available at her art web site
Karen Sperling