Karen Sperling's Artistry Reviews

Karen Sperling's Brushes Make Painting Easier
You may ask, "Why should I buy more brushes when Corel Painter comes with gads and gads of them"?
And that is a good question. Why? Because it makes your life easier to have brushes designed by an artist like Karen Sperling whose look and styles are something you want to emulate.
Sure, you can use Corel's brushes. But you will add many hours to your workflow making adjustments, and blending and blending and blending to get the same look that Karen Sperling's brushes give you practically right away.
Of course, every artist has their own look, and so you make adjustments to the opacity or the resat or the stroke jitter. But the basic brush that Karen made is so much closer to what you want a brush to do than almost all of the default Corel Brushes.
Take Cream Color. It is in the Artistry Brushes Volume #7. The basic stroke is already painterly looking. I find that the brushes that come with the program are generally too loud. What I mean by that is, they do too much of an effect. They either are too heavy, or add too much jitter, or they are a special effects brush that makes everything look like fur or pixie dust. And those are fun, for sure. But when you are a working artist, doing commissioned paintings for clients, you need brushes that work and don't need to be adapted extensively. Because even if you do adapt a brush how you like, if you don't save it, you won't be able to recreate that look again.
Save yourself the headache. Let veteran artist Karen Sperling make the brushes so you can focus on your work and making your clients happy.
Katie Katsenis

Highly Recommends Karen Sperling's Clear Explanations
Several years ago, I discovered Corel Painter. Although I love teaching myself new programs, I was a little intimidated. Frustrated by my inability to grasp the magnitude of this program, I found Karen's website and subscribed to Artistry Magazine (even purchasing back issues!). That was a good beginning, but I decided the best way for me to learn was to sign up for one of her workshops; so I flew to California for a week of hands on training in an Artistry Retreat. That class opened my eyes to all the possibilities for creating art without intimidation, and it was really fun, too!
After setting it aside for a couple of years (life gets so busy sometimes), I decided to start back up again and purchased Karen's Impressionist Landscapes video class and went back to work. She has such a clear way of explaining concepts and techniques, and she made relearning so much easier for me.
I recently discovered she is offering a 3-month Master Class, so I just had to sign up for that and continue my education and enhance my skills with Painter.
I've bought books and videos from other Painter experts, but their materials are more about how the program functions than how to actually use it to create art. So I always come back to Karen to learn the principles and how to put them into action. I can't recommend her highly enough.
Thanks, Karen, for sharing your knowledge and talents with the rest of us!
Diane

Karen Sperling Combines Artistic Talent with Corel Painter Expertise
I'm positively addicted to turning photos to paintings and have been using Corel Painter for a few years, but was missing the art and color theory to take my paintings to the next level. I have found that Karen Sperling's online classes and tutorials not only teach art and color theory, but they are also chock full of tips and tricks that can only be taught by someone who possesses Karen's artistic talent combined with her expertise using Corel. Her courses are instructionally sound and easy to follow. Can't wait to begin the online master class!
Dyan Dupont
eLearning Content Developer
Dupont Learning, LLC

Karen Sperling Makes It Easy for Photographers to Get Started with Painting
I'm a photographer and I want to learn to turn photos into paintings. I saw your Kindle at Amazon and it was the only one that did that in a form that was easy for photographers to get started. I liked the other examples I saw of your work and I wanted a long-term class where I could get feedback about my progress from the instructor, so I decided to sign up for the master class.
Looking forward to it.
C.K.

Corel Painter information Presented in a Clear, Easy-to-Digest Manner
There are people who teach‚ and then there are teachers. Karen Sperling is a natural born teacher.
She presents her Corel Painter information in a clear, easy-to-digest manner. She provides the information that you need to be successful with Painter, without burying you in a ton of unnecessary techno talk.
Her lessons are very well planned, and are recorded and presented with a professionalism seldom seen in online lessons.
Karen is wonderfully generous in sharing her knowledge, experience and talents. She holds nothing back--and her many years of experience are presented in a way that allows the viewer to experience success from the very beginning.
After watching nearly 100 different videos on Painter by a vast number of different instructors/masters/teachers, I chose to invest in Karen's courses. While each instructor brings something unique to the table, I felt that Karen's approach was the one that I wanted to use to learn. She does not dictate rules and methods, or intimidate by over complicating the software. Instead, she empowers the user with knowledge, confidence and the personal freedom to make their own artistic statement.
Cynthia Howe

Karen Sperling is the Best Corel Painter Instructor in the World
I use Photoshop, Lightroom and Corel Painter as a combination in many of my images.
Karen Sperling is the best Corel Painter instructor in the world and she made me a master in the Painter software.
C. Willie Winslow II

Karen Sperling: Articulate, Creative, Knowledgable and Patient
Karen Sperling is an expert who shares her knowledge in a fresh and creative fashion.
Not only does Karen know the technical aspects of Corel Painter, but she also teaches creative concepts as well.
I have taken her class at WPPI and also a one-on-one class; she is articulate, creative, knowledgable and patient!
I highly recommend Karen as a teacher if you want to master this multi-faceted program and give your work a creative edge!
Felicia Tausig
WPPI Member
Former President, Santa Clarita Valley Photographers Association (SCVPA)
Creative Photography, Photos by Felicia
www.photosbyfelicia.com

Karen Sperling Vibrant Instructor
Karen Sperling is one of the most vibrant instructors I have had in Painter.
She approaches teaching from a fine arts background which translates into paintings of beautifully balanced color and detail.
In Karen's workshop, I was able to layer her clear and artistic instruction with my background knowledge of photography to produce a very pleasing and salable picture.
I can't wait to take another course from her.
Shirley Miers
Ocala, Florida

MARS PPA Affiliate Reviews

 

 

Karen Sperling taught at MARS, the PPA affiliate school in Cape May, NJ. Here are some reviews of her MARS Painter class.

Karen Sperling Wonderful Instructor
I attended Karen's class at the PPA affiliate schools (MARS) in Cape May, NJ this year.
Karen is a wonderful instructor.
She knows her work, and conveys her instructions in a manner that is structured but not overwhelming.
My very first "painting" that I created to show at a bridal show received rave reviews from potential brides.
In fact - I told the subjects of that print that I had a surprise for them when they picked up their previews from their wedding.
When they walked in the studio, their first response was WOW - that's cool - WOW that's us!! They bought a framed 16x20 on the spot!!
I think that Karen Sperling would be a fine addition to the list of PPA instructors, and I would highly recommend her talents.
Theresa Terilli
PPA Certified

Karen Sperling Excellent Artist; Outstanding Communicator
To whom it may concern;
I am writing this letter on behalf of Karen Sperling who was the instructor for the Painter workshop at the recent MARS workshop in Cape May, New Jersey.
I am a photographer of over 30 years who, two years ago switched to a digital workflow with the intention of producing archival giclees of my library of photographs.
At that time I had no computer savy and knew nothing of Photoshop, Painter, software rips, color management, Raw files or any other aspects of a digital workflow.
I embarked on an extensive 18 month series of studies at various centers around the country. In my opinion Karen Sperlling exhibits the wonderful trait of being more than an excellent artist, but is an outstanding communicator as well. She is both patient and informative to whatever depth required by the individuals in her class. She can see the individual needs and attend to them while keeping the group moving at a pace that is exciting to everyone.
In my opinion, another of her best qualities is an engaging personality and a great sense of humor that is liberally appliied through the workshop.
I would highly recommend Karen to any group or individual that is considering taking advantage of her multi faceted talents.
Sincerely yours,
Bruce Keyes

Karen Sperling Well-Organized
I took Karen's class at MARS.
She was very easy to listen to for a week, was well organized, humorous and kept us on track (not an easy thing to do).
I felt everything she reviewed that week was helpful in learning Painter.
Sincerely,
Barbara Glaeser
Certified Professional Photographer

More Reviews

Likes Art History
I thought I would drop you a line about how I found you. I think it was on one of the
webinars through Corel Painter. I've been following some of your work and came to love
the style. I like the fact that you have some great knowledge of art history. I myself
took a class in art history and it's about the only book I still have from college.
I majored in Art in high school but never pursued it till now. I guess you can say I'm
returning to my first love.
I think it's great your classes are so affordable and look forward to learning more.
Chuck Morgan

Happy to Find Karen Sperling's Hand-Painted Style
Karen Sperling has the hand-painted style I’ve been searching for since the beginning of my digital art journey 5 years ago -
everything from portraits to landscapes.
Dyan Dupont

Karen Sperling's Instructional Materials Help with Painting Transition

Karen:
Using your books and videos, I created a painting based on this photo of a small village south of Lyon taken by one of my friends at church when they were on a riverboat cruise. They always have me do slide shows for them and redo their photos.
The large painted version that was post painted with acrylics per your instructions in the back of your first Painting for Photographers book was sold to a local artist.
I am 87 and I started playing with Photoshop and slide show programs in the early 90's. Friends and family started asking me to restore photos and do slide shows for them. I was computer literate so learning to use the programs was not a problem. My wife started with early stages of dementia at that time so I became a caregiver and this hobby helped me relax. Corel offered me an upgrade to Painter when they bought a company whose program I was using, so I went from restoring photos to learning to paint. A painting I did of my wife from a photo she had sent me when I was in the navy still hangs in my living room. She looked at it all the time as her dementia got worse. She passed away two years ago at home. I am glad I could take care of her at home--wish I still could.
Reading your books and watching your videos helped me learn the difference between painting and photo restoration. Now I look for a color scheme to use before I start and contrast becomes important as well as planning a background.
Gramps (Richard Foster)

 

Karen Sperling's Artistry Online Classes Easy and Thorough
Just had to share how I'm set up for healing, 4 weeks post surgery, and learning from the wonderful Karen Sperling. It's not the best setup, but having to have my foot up all day is allowing plenty of painting time!
I just completed your Artistry intro to Painter course and posted my homework to the Facebook page. My homework is not perfect, and I already see some areas that could have had more detail or attention. But I had a blast learning your techniques.
I had viewed a few tutorials from other instructors, but your techniques are soooooo much easier, and I love the pace you set in your tutorials as it allowed me to paint along. So fun!!
The funny thing is, since I had watched several tutorials prior to ordering yours, I thought yours would be all review for me, and that I'd breeze though. However, that was not the case. I actually watched all videos first, then went back through and followed along with Corel. I was shocked at how much more thorough your tutorials were, and happily surprised at how much I learned.
I just ordered my second lesson, the Artistry Classic Portraits, and can’t wait for it to arrive!
Best regards,
Joyce Farkas

Karen Sperling Highly Recommended
As a professional photographer recently turned painter, I have been on the lookout for something that could take my work to the next level.
I stumbled across Karen's page and was really impressed with her work and was excited to see that she offered classes online.
I am not even halfway through the videos and already the information is more than worth the cost.
I have been having trouble with my digitally painted pieces looking too photorealistic and with Karen's classical approach of how the old masters painted, it was exactly what I was looking for. She not only provides the tools that she uses but shows you how to use them and I also learned quite a bit of new information not only about how to use Corel Painter, but also about art history and brushstrokes and how to make my digital work best resemble a classically painted portrait.
I am so happy to have found Karen and highly recommend her to anyone who wishes to have their digital paintings more closely resemble actual paintings.
Erin Lendry Lato

Opportunity to Learn from a Corel Painter Guru
I Love Painter...and Karen you've been a guru for as long as I've been a fan, I have all of your books.
There are so many diverse paths to follow when you study Painter and I especially like your Impressionist
style with landscapes. I saw a few of your landscapes on Facebook and saw you were offering the class.
This is a good time of year for me to study since the busy Christmas season is behind us.
Steve Helmbrecht
PP of A Master Photog, Cr

Learning to Turn Photos into Art: Dream Come True!
I enrolled in Karen Sperling's online classes because learning to create works of art from my photos has always been a dream of mine. To make that dream a reality, I sought out the best teachers and discovered Karen!
I'm very much looking forward to making magic happen with my photographs.

Time to Be Creative!
Hi Karen,
My interest in taking this class is purely for fun and education. I have been a long time user of Photoshop
because I love photography and that I can paint with plug-ins. However, now that I am retired and have had an
unused Painter that I keep updating, it is high time to learn to paint and learn to paint with Painter in particular.
I simply want to amuse myself and be creative.
Roland

Learns Something New with Each Viewing
Yes I have received the links and have watched the Artistry Intro to Painter videos many times.
I am surprised that I pick up something each time I watch them.
I have also downloaded the resource items, brushes, pdf files etc.
I like this online class very much.
Thanks for your help and the lessons.
I now feel that there is hope even for an idiot.

Can Finally Paint Thanks to Artistry Online Class!
I can not believe that after having Corel Painter for 2-3 years I am finally beginning to actually paint.
I have enjoyed the Artistry Online class Intro to Corel Painter.
I have been through it twice and on lesson 6 for the third time.
As I have stated before I am a very slow learner. So I hope that I can do this lesson for another month or more.
I have been so amazed at being able to paint that I have emailed and probably bored many friends as to the work on the painting as I have progressed.
I still cannot believe that I have actually done this painting.
Some people have even said wow to my painting.
This painting is still a work in progress.
Mack Gray

Great, Detailed Instructions!
Thanks Karen Sperling for the great
detailed instructions.-Lynne Alexander

Karen Sperling's Techniques Very Effective
The reference photo for the forest painting was taken by my sweetie, Bill. He owns
a beautiful piece of property with a forest, pond and 3 meadows. We go there often,
and he took the photo with his iPhone. Usually I use our Nikon for my photography,
and was surprised at how well the photo turned out. My goal is to license my digital
art as prints.
Karen Sperling's Artistry online classes have been really great for inspiration and
her very effective techniques for turning photos into paintings.

Karen Sperling's Instruction Simple and Fun
My background is photography and portraits so I found it very difficult
to start with Corel Painter and do anything but soft clone.
Karen Sperling's Artistry online class in impressionist landscapes was exactly
what i was needing to go beyond the pixels.
I especially appreciate the lessons on colors and a few simple rules about art
that make my art pieces more professional.
The course material is easy to follow and gave me the confidence to tackle landscapes.
The provided brushes produce wonderful strokes that make painting fun.
Thanks Karen for giving me the confidence to take on landscapes.
Lynne Alexander

Artistry Online Classes: Excellent Tutorials
Karen,
I've really enjoyed your "Impressionist Landscapes" tutorials that I
purchased from you.
I've got a long way to go...it's difficult for me judging how Impressionist I
want to be vs. realistic. It's kind of a leap of faith.
Thanks for the excellent tutorials. Well worth the money.
Steve Helmbrecht
PP of A Master Photog, Cr

Artistry Online Classes: Informative Yet Easy to Understand
I recently upgraded Corel Painter and decided that it was time to learn
to use it properly to created paintings with my photographs as reference images.
That was when I found Karen Sperling's Artistry online class, Painting
Impressionist Landscapes Based on Photos in Corel Painter.
Painter is a wonderful program, but it has so many bells and whistles that it can
be quite intimidating when you look at the big picture. Karen did something that no
one else has done...instead of telling me how complex the program is, she simplified
the steps and suddenly I could see the possibilities instead of the problems.
This is my second painting that I have created since the class began on Saturday
(and today is Wednesday!). Karen gave me the tools to begin painting and suddenly
the program is a welcome creative environment.
Many thanks, Karen, for creating classes that are informative, yet easy to understand
so that the only requirement is a commitment to practicing your painting!
Roxanne Sahlin
Doug Plus Rox Photography, LLC

Karen Sperling's Brushes and Techniques Work Excellently
I've been using Painter since version 12 - at first I cloned. Painting became a process and attempts
to combine cloning with "painting" didn't work.
About a year ago I abandoned cloning - with mixed results. My paintings improved - especially
detail-oriented paintings of botanicals, structures, etc., but not landscapes.
Tried different methods for painting landscapes ... best success was with the Artistry online class
for painting Impressionist-style landscapes. Finally found a method and brushes that produced the
desired results. Not that success came easy...took awhile to produce results - i.e., too much or
not enough detail, or the results just didn't look right.
Tried other classes (and various brushes) elsewhere--that helped ... but I kept coming back to
Karen Sperling's brushes and techniques.
The best part of Karen's class and brushes is that they work excellently with other painting as well
as landscapes - whether for backgrounds or portions of paintings.
Dean Woolstencroft

Karen Sperling Is an Excellent Teacher
Karen Sperling is an excellent teacher. She presents the topics in
logical and in step-by-step order with full explanations where needed,
but yet she moves along at a reasonable pace in the other areas.
Hers were the first formal online classes I purchased and followed
after purchasing Painter and doing some of the Youtube vids I found
links to on the Corel pages.
I did her Intro to Painter course and Impressionist Landscapes course,
learned a lot and became familiar with the Painter interface with a better
understanding of the importance of the brushes to effective use of the program.
By the time I got through my second class (Landscapes) I felt I was competent
enough to strike out on painting my own photographs.
Still learning, but she got me started in the right direction.
Thanks.
Bill

Amazed at Ability to Paint in the Bouguereau Style
I enjoy learning so many art concepts and history from Karen Sperling in the Artistry online classes.
I can take it slow on each step if needed. The brushes that come with the classes are a bonus.
I use them all the time. I'm amazed that I can paint in this beautiful style thanks to Karen Sperling's
professional direction.
Ginger Sizemore

Karen Sperling Is an Awesome Teacher!
When I found Karen Sperling's classes I was ecstatic to learn from The Corel Painter Master!
Karen will give the tools and inspiration to begin painting. Karen demystifies the painting
process and explains it so that it makes perfect sense. I love that they are online classes
so I can study at my own pace. You can always go back to the videos and watch them as many
times as you want. Karen explains everything thoroughly and gives you all the brushes to
accomplish the task.
The classes are very informative and so easy to understand so that all you have to do is paint.
Oh, and Karen Sperling is an awesome teacher!
I just signed up for two more classes!!!
Sandy Oman

Enjoys Studying Corel Painter at Own Pace
I was always afraid to to anything this wild, but with the new brushes and Artistry online classes I'm taking with Karen Sperling, it's fun and easier than I thought. I like that the online classes are at my own speed and time.
You can always go back to the videos and watch them as many times as needed. Thank you.
Ginger

Karen Sperling Is Awesome
I have taken several Artistry online classes. Karen explains everything very well even includes the brushes. Answers questions, covers things you are interested in learning.
I plan on taking more. Karen is awesome.
Donna Kay Waggoner

Karen Sperling's Impressionist Flowers Class Delightful
Karen Sperling's Impressionist flowers class has been a delightful Corel Painter learning experience.
I really like how she progresses through the steps, and at a slower pace, which I find really helpful.
When I paint the way she suggests, it really does work out and I see results that encourage me to keep going.
I got rave reviews on my painting when I posted it to my own Facebook page. One friend asked how she can take Karen's class, and I’ll give her the information.
Thanks, Karen!
Sherrie Rieger

Great Brushes and Videos
Great set of brushes and videos....I don't think I will ever look at Impressionist Paintings
in the same way....
Thank you.
Lynne Hoover

Great Class
I have really enjoyed Karen’s class on Impressionist flowers. It has allowed me to paint with
some abstract painting and yet have a definite focus point.
Thanks for a great class.
Mary

Happy with Brushes
I was very happy with the brushes that Karen Sperling created. They worked very well on
a variety of images. Here are three pictures of flowers using the brushes.
Thank you,
Lynne Hoover

Loves Artistry Online Classes Videos
Hello Karen,
I've been watching your Artistry online class videos and love them so much that I have watched them several times.
I thought I would send you an email to say, "Thanks for the very informative, educational Painter videos.
Many people know the software but you know how to teach it well."
Keep up the great work. I also plan to attend your upcoming webinar.
See you online,
Will Massenburg

Karen Sperling's Corel Painter Class on Turning Photographs into Classic Paintings Was My "AHA!" Moment!

Artistry Intro to Painter Videos Just Right for Beginners
I really like the videos in the Intro to Painter Artistry online class. I particularly like that
you are focusing on just what we need to know to get started. I went through the Painter course with
someone else last year and it was too much for someone just starting out. Your pace is good and we
are accomplishing enough to stay engaged. I must say I marvel at how easy you make it look!
I am eager to move forward and I was thinking of taking the Corel Painter Impressionist landscapes
course next. Would you recommend that next? I don't often take portraits and am particularly
interested in painting landscapes and animals.
I'm attaching one of my photographs that I have recently been playing with. I want to be able to
personalize the paintings more.
Thanks for any suggestions regarding my next steps!
Susan Gauthier

Artistry Online Class Chock Full of Information
Karen Sperling is an amazing artist and teacher. I have wanted to learn Corel Painter for a long time and
I finally did it by enrolling in Karen Sperling 's Artistry Online Class. I am still so new, and have so much
more to learn, but I learned so much during the course of the online class that I am able to create my own
paintings and dazzle my family and friends.
Karen Sperling's beautiful artwork is what drew me to Corel Painter in the first place. I then found her
webinars, books, videos, and retreats on her website and I immediately signed up for an Artistry Online
Class and an Artistry Retreat.
The online class was chock full of information--technical and artistic. I am learning so much because of
Karen's methods of teaching.
Dr. Lindia Friedman

Artistry Online Class Wonderful and Very Informative
I enjoyed the Artistry Online Class and learned so much, thank you.
It was wonderful and very informative, with videos to refer back to. Worth a lot more than the cost.
I've learned so much about some of the panels and sliders. The color harmony was very interesting
and I liked it a lot. You have whetted my appetite to check out the fine art backgrounds in color
and texture brushstrokes.
I especially liked when you went over the secrets and your favorite brushes that you like to use and why.
The Artistry Online Class provided a lot of good information that is explained well and worth the cost of the
class, and you even get a secret room to show your work for feedback.
Ginger Sizemore

Happy with Artistry Online Class
Great for Beginners Like Me!
Roland

Karen Sperling Is a Wonderful Instructor
A lot of information offered. Presenter well-informed and very helpful.
Karen Sperling is a wonderful instructor and has a lot to offer to people
who want to learn to turn photos into paintings.
Elizabeth Floyd

Karen Sperling Is a Corel Painter Icon
Karen has been an icon in the Corel Painter world since the beginning. She uses
it as an active artist and teaches as well.
Who better to learn from?
I quickly realized that my biggest lack of knowledge and what I needed most was
NOT specific to Corel Painter, but more so to art in general. There are some
fundamental concepts in the art world that are good to know and understand and
Karen helped explain those to me so that I could apply them in my digital painting.
James Finch

Karen Sperling Is a Great Teacher
I am doing my first run through the lessons and Karen Sperling is a great teacher. I have never had so many
"ah ha" moments in such a short space of time. Painter works as smooth as silk-
which is a pleasure.
But the best part is that Karen demystifies the painting process and explains it so that you end up wondering
why other people make it so darn complex.
I have signed up for three Artistry online classes and I still have to see what my creative ability is like
these days but I do believe I am solidly hooked!
Jean Smith

Artistry Online Class Is Excellent
5 stars! Content-rich. Excellent instruction.
Belinda Scheresky

Artistry Online Class Videos Are Well-Organized and Easy to Follow
Hi, Karen,
I love the way you present your videos. They are well organized and easy to follow. I have picked
up a treasure of little tips from your videos that make my working with painter so much fruitful.
Thank you for all the hard work you are putting in preparation for your online classes.
You are totally welcome to post my feedback and use my name if you wish to do so. I am a happy AIPP
member and I will continue to renew it. Besides the treasure trove of little tips I have learned from
your videos, your Bonus Brushes (volume 3) that included Texture Blenders, Texture Cloners and
Texture Color opened up a new dimension in my creativity.
Sincerely,
Hilda Olsen

Karen Sperling's Artistry Online Classes Right Choice for Learning Painter
Karen,
My usual way of doing a course or series like this is to go through from beginning
to end, quickly, but taking notes on the main points and organization (so later when
I have forgotten something I can go right to it). Then I go back to the beginning and
actually do it.
This time it has seemed better to take a lesson at a time, go thru fast, then go back and
actually do that lesson before moving on to the next lesson. I did finish the portrait in
the Intro class but without the final touches you encouraged us to do (I was impatient to get
on to landscapes). And now things have gotten a little muddled in my mind that I know I will
be going back over the Intro lessons again.
I have had two main challenges with this new learning how to do art. The first is learning how
to think and do like an artist. The second is the hard work of overcoming most of my left-brain
ways of doing things creative. Overcoming my 50 years of training, thinking and doing as an
engineer and programmer and now wanting to engage my right brain is a very interesting project
for me. It is definitely a project/challenge I wanted to experience but sometimes when I am in
it‚ I can get frustrated with why isn't this happening faster.
About your courses/lessons: I spent quite awhile exploring the various "Learn Corel Painter"
options out there.
From what I could tell from viewing youtubes and looking in from the outside at trainer websites,
I was pretty sure you would be the right choice for me given your content choices and approach
to explaining things to Painter newbies. And now that I am able to actually see what you do and
some of how you do it, I know I made the right choice for me.
A big thing for me is how you include art theory in your instructions. With my computer background
I figured I could learn how to use a new program (tho it seems slower these days) but I was anxious
to learn the "why I want to do that" in order to create beautifully painted versions of my photographs.
I am able to follow along with your demonstrations well and I think you cover what I need to remember
as I do it myself. I do want to say that your lesson/explanation of how people have trouble understanding
Tracing Paper and here is the way to think about it really turned my brain upside down. Up until then I had
been thinking about Tracing Paper as a layer in the Photoshop sense - different because of cloning - but a
layer in any case. To think about it as you explained, I will need to go back and listen again to completely
understand another way for me to think about it.
Well, enuf for now, I can see that I will be spending many hours in the future doing my own photos rather
than watching you do yours. As I begin to feel more confidence, I am sure I will share one of mine with you.
In the meantime, I will be anxiously waiting to see what you are working on in your upcoming landscapes book.
Sam

Artistry Brushes Bring Artist's Work to Next Level
I have been using Karen Sperling's brushes since jumping into Corel Painter in 2016! The brushes she has created have brought my art to the next level!
Thank You, Karen!
Ray Roybal

 

Karen Sperling Makes Painting Fun

I really enjoy all that you do--you make painting fun and it's not overwhelming!
It's exciting !!!
You're really so brilliant with your paintings and brushes, yet you can simplify all that you do to help us bring our artistic talent too!!
I love your brushes--so tastefully done !!
Thanks!
Maureen Baril

 

 

Artistry Brushes Work Great
I have downloaded some of your brushes and plan to get some more.
I have built some of my own brushes, but getting them like you want can be challenging and your brushes are usually what I am trying to get and they work great.
For the low price it saves me time, trial and effort.
Rick Church

 

Karen Sperling's Corel Painter Brushes Among Favorites

Karen,
I do a lot of portrait work with family, kids, pets and historical reenactors and I find the textures I can get out of your Artistry Brushes give me the feel and look I am going for when trying to match traditional brushstrokes. I have a lot of brushes from different places over the years, but this latest Artistry series is in my favorites now.
I hope you keep offering variations on this organic look and style going forward.
Thanks for offering them.
Tim Tompkins

Loves Karen Sperling's Corel Painter Brushes

Love your new brushes!
I did a portrait for a friend last week, but this is what I worked on today.
I had fun playing with your wonderful brushes!
Mary Darling

Loves Karen Sperling's Brushes

Love the brushes!
Janet Kinney

The Artistry Retreat scores perfect 10's from students across the board.

 

Karen Sperling is an Amazing Teacher
Dear Karen,
You are an amazing teacher. You are the best I have ever learned from.
You do such a wonderful job giving instructions in your video classes.
You make it easy to follow and you do such a good job to encourage and inspire me. You make me feel like my goals are possible to obtain.
When I sent you a very frustrated email because I wasn't able to move forward in my painting, you were so kind to lay out a plan to help me move forward and continue to meet my goals. You are very responsive and kind in all of your emails when most instructors don't want to take the time to talk with you and answer questions, much less help you lay out a plan to move forward.
I would encourage anyone to take a class from you with all that I have experienced from you with not only teaching, but also communicating with me.
I am so excited to meet you and learn first hand from you with the up and coming Artistry Retreat.
I feel the investment that I am making to attend your retreat will completely help me to continue to advance forward in my photography painting career.
I look forward to meeting you.
Thank you, Debbie

Has Enjoyed Artistry Online Classes
I have taken several online courses from Karen Sperling that I have enjoyed. I decided I needed a hands-on Corel Painter workshop and maybe get me away from trying to make things look perfect. Karen--looking forward to the class and meeting you.
Donna Kay Waggoner
Dimensions by DK Photography,Inc.

Here's what people are saying about the Artistry Retreat.

Karen Sperling is a Great Teacher--She Makes Corel Painter Quick to Learn
Karen Sperling made techniques easy to grasp. The notes were thorough and I loved learning little touches to enhance photos. I liked the tips for facial techniques. Overall, it was an awesome class and I learned a ton! Thanks!
R.B.

Artistry Retreat Well-Organized and Orderly
The class was well-organized and orderly. The detailed instructions were fantastic because I can use them later and I did not have to struggle to take detailed notes in real time. Karen does not just talk from the front of the room. She is available to come over to each student for help with individual time.
I learned a lot. The Artistry Retreat cleared up some confusion and I got to try new things that I probably would not have tried on my own.
Jim Finley

Karen Sperling's Knowledge of Art and Corel Painter Is Amazing
The Artistry Retreat was extremely informative encompassing digital and traditional art. It was very inspiring. Karen's knowledge of art and Corel Painter is amazing. Prior to participating in this retreat, I found Corel Painter to be difficult to learn. Karen's knowledge has been invaluable to me.
Sue Coffey

Artistry Retreat Very Valuable and Thorough
Expert painter offers a great, comprehensive and explainable approach to teaching Corel Painter. Karen's videos, instruction, teaching and hands-on training workshop have been very valuable and thorough experiences. Would I take the class again for additional knowledge? Absolutely! Thank you for sharing your expertise and patience in teaching...oh and your passion!
Ardena Brooks

Highly Recommends Karen Sperling's Clear Explanations
Several years ago, I discovered Corel Painter 9. Although I love teaching myself new programs, I was a little intimidated. Frustrated by my inability to grasp the magnitude of this program, I found Karen's website and subscribed to Artistry Magazine (even purchasing back issues!). That was a good beginning, but I decided the best way for me to learn was to sign up for one of her workshops; so I flew to California for a week of hands on training in an Artistry Retreat.
That class opened my eyes to all the possibilities for creating art without intimidation, and it was really fun, too! After setting it aside for a couple of years (life gets so busy sometimes), I decided to start back up again and purchased Karen's Impressionist Landscapes video class and went back to work. She has such a clear way of explaining concepts and techniques, and she made relearning so much easier for me. I recently discovered she is offering a 3-month Master Class, so I just had to sign up for that and continue my education and enhance my skills with Painter.
I've bought books and videos from other Painter experts, but their materials are more about how the program functions than how to actually use it to create art. So I always come back to Karen to learn the principles and how to put them into action. I can't recommend her highly enough.
Thanks, Karen, for sharing your knowledge and talents with the rest of us!
Diane

 

Karen Sperling's Teaching Style: Relaxed but Structured
I recently attended my second Artistry Retreat! It was a great refresher course in what I learned the first time around, plus I appreciated all the one-on-one feedback on my progress and additional pointers. Karen Sperling's teaching style is relaxed but structured in a way to get anyone on their way to painting beautiful portraits.
If you are thinking about taking on Corel Painter, I highly recommend taking one of Karen Sperling's classes to get you started down the right path!
Thank you Karen!
Kat Meezan
Focal Instincts Photography

 

Artistry Retreat Helps with Painting and Clients
Karen,
I was thinking about your class that I had taken.
It truly has helped me to move on in painting.
I came to your class with a little knowledge and left with so much more.
Thank you for sharing your wonderful techniques and knowledge.
You showed things that I have not seen in any other books.
I can remember thinking more than once, when you gave a certain tip, that "this is worth the price of admission!"
I left with more confidence, more know how and the desire to paint my way to the top!
I have sold several paintings and enjoyed the look of satisfaction on my clients' faces.
Thanks for helping me get there.
Happy painting,
Julie
Austin, Texas

 

Photographer Sells First Portrait Following Artistry Retreat
I made back what I paid to attend an Artistry Retreat several times over with my first portrait. That's a great return on my investment!
I completely used everything that I learned from the Artistry Retreat and could never have done this without having been shown all of the basics (and much, much more) from Karen.
Grey Darrah

 

Photographer Painting Ever Since She Left Artistry Retreat
Dear Karen,
I am writing to thank you for the amazing Artistry Retreat this past week.
It is always difficult for professionals to take time out and learn something that they have been wanting to learn for a while, so I appreciate that it was time well spent.
In the past 4 years I have only taken 2 classes on Painter and after the first class I was unable to remember everything that I had been taught.
I am so excited to share with you that you not only taught me the most important techniques that I could incorporate into my photography, but you also did it with patience and professionalism.
The way you teach is fantastic.
You made sure we understood everything before we went on to something else and you shared your many talents with us.
It was a blessing to be a student in your classroom.
I have been painting ever since I left the Retreat and I have been commissioned by two families to do portraits.
I am forever grateful for your teachings and your talents that you shared with us.
Sincerely,
Kim Lemaire
photographer
www.kimlemaire.com

Artistry Retreat Educational and Motivating
After attending your Artistry Retreat,
I just had to write and tell you what a wonderful experience it was.
Meeting and being taught by you was so educational and motivating.
I have been home a week and have already started implementing many theories I learned.
I have taken other classes in painting that were taught by people well known in the world of professional photography and although I did gain knowledge from every class I have taken, I feel your method of teaching and deep understanding of the nuts and bolts of the program mixed with your true artistic talent gave me more than I have gotten from any other class.
There is much to be gained by spending 3 days in a class with you for invested photographers and artists of all levels.
Last but in no way least, I am so excited to have been there to see you and your work represented for the first time in a New York gallery.
Congratulations, Karen Sperling!
Thanks so much...and watch me grow!
Marsha Cairo, photographer and artist, Chicago

Karen Sperling Marvelous and Patient Teacher
Dear Karen,
It was a pleasure for me to meet you and be a participant in your Corel Painter workshop. I thank you for allowing me to attend and for the foundation that I have acquired in Painter. You were a marvelous and patient teacher who I thought presented a complex program in a way that made getting started that much easier.
As I alluded to in the beginning, I have had Painter for awhile, but have not really ever gotten into it in a meaningful way.
Now, I think, I can move on and actually put it to use. When I get there, hopefully soon, I will forward you one of my 'masterpieces'.
I wish you the best of wishes for a successful showing at your gallery show in April. From what you showed, I think, you have some unusual and creative pieces that should show well. If you have the time and remember, let me know how it all turns out.
Again, thank you for getting me started in Painter. Your Painter class was well worth the time and effort in all respects, as you have an incredible knowledge of a complex program that you present in a very understandable way.
Sincerely,
Gary McLaughlin

Karen Sperling is an Amazing Teacher
I attended an Artistry Retreat taught by Karen Sperling and she is an amazing teacher. Her class was organized, relaxed and thorough. I went from a total novice to being able to create wonderful paintings from my photographs.
However, when my granddaughters were to be flower girls at my son's wedding, I knew I had to go to the Master to get stunning results. Karen Sperling has surpassed all expectations! She sorted through all of the wedding photos and chose two. We discussed (via email) which to use and the basic look I was hoping for. The result is a treasured portrait that will make me smile for the rest of my life.
i have a picture of the portrait on my cell phone and share it with everybody I see! I highly recommend Karen's work--you will not be disappointed. In addition to being a very talented painter, she is also a very nice lady.
Carolyn Johnson

 

Artistry Retreat: Thoughtful and Challenging
Karen,
Thank you for a thoughtful and challenging workshop.
As a non-artist in the sense I don't draw or paint, but as a photographer and lover of art, I have longed to be able to make a stab at doing painting with photography as the background and inspiration.
I feel at last I am "getting it," thanks to your patience, encouragement, and step-by-step approach.
Indeed, I have taken a painting class from another instructor, but this time the approach was, I think, more simplified to get me jump-started.
Your concept of starting the first day's session to be the most difficult, and later on in the afternoon, when the mind is brain dead, to do something fun and easy was really helpful when my blood sugar ran low.
For example, your Karen's Fireworks idea was fun to play with.
And each day the lessons were progressively easier and also we continued to review the way to accomplish our tasks in Painter so it would become more and more familiar.
The concept of light and dark may be second nature to a painter or illustrator, but for me it made it a great guide for beginning the process.
And it was so much fun making "image hoses" and custom brushes.
Of course, nothing will progress without practice, but I have the tools now so no excuses.
Your notes and book will help keep me on track!
Beverly Hanson

Enjoyed Artistry Retreat
Because Karen wrote the early manuals for Corel Painter, she is an expert in this program.
I enjoyed the Artistry Retreat immensely. Karen's comprehensive class covered many of the fundamentals of art in addition to the skills needed for digital painting using Corel Painter.
I look forward to more of her patiently taught lessons in the future.
Candy Groat

 

Karen Sperling: Articulate, Creative, Knowledgable and Patient
Karen Sperling is an expert who shares her knowledge in a fresh and creative fashion.
Not only does Karen know the technical aspects of Corel Painter, but she also teaches creative concepts as well.
I have taken her class at WPPI and also a one-on-one class; she is articulate, creative, knowledgable and patient!
I highly recommend Karen as a teacher if you want to master this multi-faceted program and give your work a creative edge!
Felicia Tausig
WPPI Member
Former President, Santa Clarita Valley Photographers Association (SCVPA)
Creative Photography, Photos by Felicia
www.photosbyfelicia.com

Artistry Retreat Takes Photography Business to Next Level
Karen's Artistry Retreat has helped me take my photography business to the next level.
Karen's workshop was interesting, fun and easy to keep up the pace.
I can now offer fine art painterly portraits as a deluxe product, and my customers love it!
Robin Swanson
Treasurer, Professional Photographers of California
Robin Swanson photography
www.rswansonphotography.com

Artistry Retreat Excellent Value
Karen's Artistry Retreat was an excellent value for learning art as well as Corel Painter.
You might ask - who is the class for?
For the beginner, Karen provides an essential foundation for art including understanding essential design concepts, identifying effective focal points, and choosing effective pictures for painting. She guides you step-by-step through the foundation of painting in Corel Painter.
For the intermediate to advanced digital artist, Karen continues to add to our depth of learning by challenging our vision, our understanding of color harmony and our awareness of good contrast. She also teaches advanced Corel Painter concepts such as digital watercolor painting and image nozzle brush creation. I thought I was at least at an intermediate level when I took her class, but I learned many new concepts of effective design and composition, which have inspired me to new levels.
Karen's book, Painting for Photographers, is an excellent resource to use in conjunction with this course as her lessons bring further depth and understanding to the book she has written. I found it useful to bring my book with me as she demonstrated concepts in class that I could review and reference along with her in class materials.
Karen's class opened my vision to what can be and how to make an impact with my art. I am excited about where my art journey will take me...
Dr. Cynde Herman

Video Review

Karen Sperling Vibrant Instructor
Karen Sperling is one of the most vibrant instructors I have had in Painter.
She approaches teaching from a fine arts background which translates into paintings of beautifully balanced color and detail.
In Karen's workshop, I was able to layer her clear and artistic instruction with my background knowledge of photography to produce a very pleasing and salable picture.
I can't wait to take another course from her.
Shirley Miers
Ocala, Florida

Artistry Retreat: Best Place to Learn Corel Painter
The best place for photographers to learn how an artist would approach using Painter is the 3-day Artistry Painting for Photographers Retreat.
Karen Sperling, with care and discipline, guided us 'artists-in-training' through the migration from digital photography to digital painting, to creating delicate and powerful artwork using Painter.
The experience goes beyond words of praise.
It's a gift.
I learned to think artistically before I acted artistically.
And the results showed up on my digital canvas...exactly what I wanted to learn how to create.
The Artistry Painter Retreat is truly a foundation experience for photographers interested in learning Painter.
Gregory R. Ballerino

Reviews of Karen Sperling's Books

The Painting for Photographers books receive rave reviews like these:

Karen Sperling's Instructional Materials Help with Painting Transition
Karen
Using your books and videos, I created a painting based on this photo of a small village south of Lyon taken by one of my friends at church when they were on a riverboat cruise. They always have me do slide shows for them and redo their photos.
The large painted version that was post painted with acrylics per your instructions in the back of your first Painting for Photographers book was sold to a local artist.
I am 87 and I started playing with Photoshop and slide show programs in the early 90's. Friends and family started asking me to restore photos and do slide shows for them. I was computer literate so learning to use the programs was not a problem. My wife started with early stages of dementia at that time so I became a caregiver and this hobby helped me relax. Corel offered me an upgrade to Painter when they bought a company whose program I was using, so I went from restoring photos to learning to paint. A painting I did of my wife from a photo she had sent me when I was in the navy still hangs in my living room. She looked at it all the time as her dementia got worse. She passed away two years ago at home. I am glad I could take care of her at home--wish I still could.
Reading your books and watching your videos helped me learn the difference between painting and photo restoration. Now I look for a color scheme to use before I start and contrast becomes important as well as planning a background.
Gramps (Richard Foster)

Painting for Photographers Rocks!
As a professional photographer, I had been searching how
to add painting touches to my photographic images. Two other
books were not very helpful.
Karen Sperling’s Painting for Photographers book is awesome!
Karen not only teaches how to use Corel Painter, but she also
explains the theories of actual painting as taught in art schools.
In short, this book rocks!
Jack P. Carey

You must have this book.-Phillip Stewart Charis
My work has been associated with classic paintings for years.
Now yours can be, also!
Painting for Photographers will help photographers greatly
to create classic portraits into classic paintings.
You must have this book.
It is the answer to making your work unique and exciting and
worth more money.
Everyone knows that paintings are classic and expensive.
This is your chance to elevate your work.
Painting for Photographers offers the tools and instruction
to turn your photographs into paintings.
It’s never been easier to make your work uniquely yours
than with this great book.
Phillip Stewart Charis

Painting for Photographers is Wonderful
Karen,
Thank you for such a wonderful book.
I have been using Painter for a couple of years now,
but have not been happy with the results.
I purchased most of the Painter books and found out they were
big on explaining how Painter works, but not big on
how to complete a successful painting.
Your book explains the details of Painter while teaching
the details of painting–a rare combination in the
Painter Book World!
As soon as your book gets out in the public and they realize how
successfully you can teach, you will have a best seller.
Thank you for a great book and for enhancing my
learning experience.
Ben

Painting for Photographers Volume 2 Is Beautifully Done and a Great Help
This is the second book by Karen Sperling I've purchased. I'm a photographer and want to take my images to a new level of creative expression.
This book is beautifully done and a great help in reaching that goal.
Painting For Photographers 2 gives you in depth step-by-step techniques for painting children's portraits from photos in Corel Painter. This volume covers the art of beautiful portraiture, beginning to end. Even if your are not a Corel Painter user, this book gives you a look into the heart and soul of painting and portraiture.
Very enjoyable!
A number of years ago, I tried using an older version of Corel Painter software and found it overwhelming. Now with the new Corel Painter and Karen Sperling's books, I have a better understanding of the software and I get painting results I'm happy to save and print.
This book is a very good buy.

Highly Recommends Painting for Photographers Volume 2
I just received this book and have already found it to be very resourceful--a must for Corel Painter Artists, especially if you work from or with photographs.
Many Painter books go too much into everything, where Painting for Photographers Volume 2 sticks to what you really need to know, with amazing reference images.
I have been working on portraits with Painter and had successful results, though I am now looking forward to working with the techniques in this book to further enrich my images.
Highly recommend this book for beginners or professionals.
Paul Adams

Painting for Photographers Volume 2 Easy to Follow
The art lessons and step-by-step instructions for turning children’s photos into paintings using Corel Painter make Painting for Photographers Volume 2 so incredibly unique. Visually, the book is absolutely breathtaking. The design and layout are absolutely gorgeous and it is one of the best books on using software that I have ever seen! I love the beautiful fonts and the images that Karen created are stunning.
I really cannot say enough about what an amazing job Karen did with Painting for Photographers Volume 2 as it is so easy to follow and shows so many different variations to create paintings from photographs. Each chapter is unique and can turn anyone into an artist! Karen really is a magician and I know that no one else can really explain the intricacies of this unbelievable painting program like Karen.
Scott Stulberg, excerpted from the Painting for Photographers Volume 2 Foreword

Readers give Painting for Photographers Volume 3 across-the-board rave reviews like this:

Painting for Photographers Volume 3 Offers Excellent Instruction
Gardening has taken me away from painting for a while. I hope to get back to it soon. Karen Sperling's work and excellent instruction inspire me to do so. I like how she numbers steps in the process rather than everything jumbled in a paragraph. It's easy to follow and the artist can get right to work. Even an experienced painter has much to learn from Karen Sperling. Her clear teaching style leaves no questions - just pick up your brush and follow along.
Linda Austin

Painting for Photographers Volume 3 Useful and Easy to Understand
Karen,
I have lots of books and manuals for Photoshop and Painter including Painting for Photographers volumes 1, 2  and 3.. Of all of these books I use your Painting for Photographers books the most.
They are the most user friendly and don't assume you are so experienced with previous Painter and Photoshop knowledge. Even though I have used Photoshop since 1995 and Corel Painter since version 9, I still find your instructions very useful and easy to understand and I reference them often.
My digital painting skills keep improving with each new project.
I have also downloaded some of your brushes and plan to get some more. I have built some of my own brushes, but getting them like you want can be challenging and your brushes are usually what I am trying to get and they work great. For the low price it saves me time, trial and effort.
Rick Church

Absolutely Wonderful
Hi Karen,
Painting for Photographers Volume 3 is absolutely wonderful. It's very easy for me to understand, has
good explanations and is really very easy to work with when you follow
the instructions.
Thank you very much--I hope I soon can have a good job with what I like to do.
Natalia

Proud to Support Karen Sperling's Work
I'm looking forward to a great and interesting book like your two previous.
I'm proud to support your work.
Sincerely,
Jacqueline Ladent

Karen Sperling Talented Artist and Teacher
Anticipating Karen Sperling's new book Painting for Photographers Volume 3.
She is a very talented artist and teacher. You could not ask for better comprehensive lessons using Corel Painter!
I have learned so much from her about the program itself along with fundamental art lessons. I was more than happy to help with supporting the book.
Elizabeth McEachron

Wonderful Paintings and Table of Contents
Dear Karen,
This book will be without any doubt a great success.
Happy writing and kind regards,
Aad Bravenboer

Karen Sperling Makes the Complex Easy
Dear Karen,
I'm glad to have the opportunity to support your work with this little pledge toward Painting for Photographers Volume 3.
Your two previous Painting for Photographers books were both excellent and I found in them not only much information about Corel Painter and how to transform my best photos into paintings that look like real paintings, but also the self-confidence I needed to begin with this complex software that is Painter.
You know how to make easy that which is complex and I thank you for that. Your intention is not only talking about technical issues, but you also approach artistic rules to make a good painting and your work shows it.
I am also enjoying your portrait, landscapes and children's portraits videos and brushes.
I'm a great fan !!! and I look forward to reading your Painting for Photographers Volume 3 with new information for the new features of Painter 2015 and Painter 2016.
Sincerely Yours,
Jacqueline LADENT, a French admirer

Karen Sperling Makes Corel Painter Easy to Learn and Use
I am very excited to have the opportunity to support Karen's new book! She knows Painter very well--she wrote the original manual, plus she is an excellent writer and teacher!
Painter is a wonderful but complex program and Karen makes it easy to learn and use and obtain professional results right away. I met her online several years ago because I bought one of her books in a bookstore when I was ready to give up and quit trying to learn to use Painter 9. Thanks to Karen and her book, my frustration with Painter disappeared so I could enjoy painting in it in my spare time.
Now that I am disabled with a cognitive disorder and need well written and easy to use references to be able to paint again, I am thrilled to know Karen is writing a book covering the latest version. Painter 2015 and Painter 2016 has significantly changed compared to the last 3 or 4 versions and I was not able to keep current in using it due to my health issues.
I am looking forward to having Karen's new book in print at my desk to help me to navigate the changes!
Thank you so much, Karen, for writing this book!!!
Barbara Burns

Karen Sperling's Training Materials Are First-Rate
I am delighted that Karen is writing a third book to help photographers learn to turn selected photographs into paintings in Corel Painter.
I gladly supported Karen in writing this book because I know from Karen's earlier books and from the online class I took that her training materials are first-rate and that I will benefit greatly from the new book.
Perry Price

Pledging Support for Painting for Photographers Volume 3 Was Win-Win
Why I decided to support the book: I recently upgraded from Painter 12 to Painter 2015 and Painter 2016 and I was looking for a book that covered the features of Painter 2015 and Painter 2016. Reading all the positive posts about the previous books and since I was wanting to try an Artistry online class, it was a win win to pledge for the book!
Anna Meidinger

Excited to Support Painting for Photographers Volume 3
Am so excited to be able to support your writing of Painting for Photographers Volume 3! Can't wait to start receiving the PDFs and beginning my own journey of artistic discovery with your help.
E.K.

Didn't Even Have to Think about Supporting Painting for Photographers Volume 3
I liked the Artistry online classes and the video tutorials, so I knew I had to have the books. The books are a great asset to fall back on after finishing the courses.
After receiving the first two books I knew I also wanted Vol 3.
For me, I didn't even have to think about it.
Mack Gray

Happy to Support Karen Sperling's Efforts
I have been a long-time fan of Karen Sperling's work. I have her previous books and Karen’s online classes are great therapy! I was happy to hear that she is working on Painting for Photographers Volume 3 and I was happy to enroll in a new Artistry online class to support her efforts.
If you are looking to venture into something new and fun, taking Karen’s classes in Corel Painter is the place to be. Even if you don’t think you have talent or can paint, just try a class and Karen will help you get started. And it will also help to get Painting for Photographers Volume 3 published!
Mary Darling

Enjoys Learning Art Theories in Addition to Painter Steps
A couple of years ago, I started painting with Photoshop and that’s how I bought Karen’s first Painting for Photographers book. Long story short, after buying that book I started painting with Painter using techniques learned both from that book and from other sources. Recently, I’ve been learning from Karen’s video tutorials, which are excellent, and I’ve been using the first book to supplement them.
As Painter versions change, authors like Karen do their best to keep up. Karen has already released Artistry online classes for the new versions of Painter, so I am confident Painting for Photographers Volume 3 will be exactly what I want to supplement her online classes.
I mostly enjoy how Karen applies art theory to learning how to turn photos into paintings in Corel Painter and teaches it so well.
Cheryl Marland

Looking Forward to Artistry Online Class and Painting for Photographers Volume 3
I have spent a long time looking for the right class on how to turn photos into paintings. After much research I chose Karen Sperling's Artistry online class, How to Turn Photos into Impressionistic Paintings. I am looking forward to starting this class.
I am looking forward to learning all the latest techniques in Karen's new book.
Zelma Hensel