Your Guide


Karen Bonaker

Welcome! I look forward to watching you grow as a digital artist, and I want you to know that as an instructor, I am committed to your artistic growth. You will find I am only an email away, and I strive to respond to all emails within twenty-four hours, I am available for any questions or problems you might encounter in class. You will never be stuck or unable to progress, and I think you will enjoy yourself. See you in class!

Questions? Comments? Email me!

About this course


Painter Club Part 1 will begin on January 2nd 2017. Each month until June 30th a new lesson will be added for your enjoyment. Lessons include video that you can download or stream,  custom brushes,  and me! I am here for you all the way. DAA believes that part of a great learning experience is being able to communicate directly with the Instructor. DAA Instructors are always there for you! 

  • Access your videos anytime, anywhere, with a computer, tablet or smartphone
  • Videos and interactive content designed for a better learning experience
  • Unlimited access. Watch videos at your time and pace online or download them!

Skill Level


Software Requirements

A working copy of Corel(r) Painterâ„¢ 2017 or greater is required. Remember that you can download a 30-day trial version of the software to use for this class.

A Wacom Pen Tablet & Stylus- Using a Mouse is not the optimal tool for digital painting

A system capable of running Corel(r) Painterâ„¢ 2017 or greater

Hardware Requirements

4 GB of Ram or better Note: For optimum performance, your system should have 8 GB of Ram or better


Before Class-What You Will Learn


This Ole Barn

I am pleased to introduce you to the new Glazing and Texture brushes in Painter 2017. Students will paint a lovely landscape or use the reference provided to work from.  I will demonstrate the how and why of using the new Glazing brushes. Glazing is an extremely important technique to imply distance and atmospheric conditions. A glaze is a thin transparent or semi-transparent layer on a painting which modifies the appearance of the underlying paint layer. Glazes can change the chroma, value, hue and texture of a surface.

This class will include a live Webinar session where I will paint a landscape using Glazing and Texture techniques. Student will learn how to turn just about any brush into a Glazing or Texture brush. 


Let's Paint Italy!

Welcome to our February Painter Club Lesson!

This month you will be painting the images of Italy. Our first lesson will be painting the famous Golden Bridge in Florence, the Ponte Vecchio. 

Our goal in this lesson is to isolate an area of the painting that reflects the detail or the message you want to express and to encourage happy accidents and off beat ideas. We will begin with a very loose interpretation and finish with details.

Our focus is to retain the center of interest by reinforcing it with strong tonal contrast, intense color and interesting textures. 

Let's get started!



Painting Cherry Trees!

This month is all about spring! and blossoms are in bloom! Join me as I demonstrate several techniques for painting trees in the springtime with Painter 2017! This class will include a live Webinar session,


Suminagashi The Painter Way!

This month we will take a break from Cloning Techniques and enjoy learning about the art of Suminagashi but from the perspective of Digital Painting! 


Creative Cloning Techniques-More Cloning Techniques to Add to your skill set!
Envision Your Way to a Finished Painting.

Students will learn additional ways to use the Clone Source Panel to create beautiful paintings. Students may wish to concentrate on flowers or landscapes using this approach. This is the final lesson on using the Clone Source Panel. 


Final Painting and Critique

Students will work on a final painting of their choice and receive a personal critique from Painter Master Elite Karen Bonaker. This class will include bonus material and a live webinar session. Students will also complete a special bonus lesson on creating Nozzles and using your brushes to create fun collage imagery. A Live session with help to guide you and perfect this skill set.

Class Overview -What Will I Receive For Joining This Course?

Me! I am here for you during the entire course! Should you have any questions I am more than happy to help you on your digital journey.

Image Resource files. High quality reference images for your use in class.

Custom Brushes

Hours of high quality video which you may download or stream at any time.

Who Is This Course For?

People who love to paint with Corel Painter!

Digital Artists

Art enthusiasts

Terms of Use Digital Art Academy

Thank you for enrolling in Digital Art Academy (DAA)! 

By purchasing this course, you are agreeing to these terms for personal or professional use: 

 - This license extends only to the original purchaser and cannot be sublicensed, resold,transferred or redistributed in any manner. 

 - Any course you have purchased from DAA cannot be resold, shared, loaned or redistributed on its own or used in a product offered for sale where the item can be extracted. Any course you have purchased from DAA cannot be used to create derivative action, presets, brushes, digital textures,images you offer for sale.  

 - You may not redistribute or post any DAA course to the internet for any reason.  

 - You are, however,welcome to use resources in this course in the creation of your art that you offer for sale, your client work - personal and professional.  

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