Put Some WOW In Your Portraits

If you are a Corel Painter user like I am, you certainly know about Cher Threinen-Pendarvis and her series of Painter Wow books.

I met Cher several years ago, when I was first starting to learn Painter. We have kept in touch over the years and I was honored to have some of my paintings featured in her latest book- the tenth edition of Painter Wow.

lourcey self portrait

Self-Portrait, 2009

In addition to having a few of my images featured in the gallery, she actually used my Polo painting as an example of expressive photo-painting – with a step-by-step guide to how I created the piece. It is pretty cool to see how the pieces come together to create the final painting.

Of course, it was also a very humbling experience. I’ve always thought I had a pretty good grasp on Painter, but when I saw some of the other artists featured in the book – I was blown away.  These are not no-name artists, but folks like John Derry!  You just don’t get much more “painter” than John.

It was very eye-opening.  Like most things – the more you learn, the more you realize how much more you have to learn.

Now having my images in there obviously makes the book a must-buy item, right? Well, there is actually a lot more! Whether you are just starting out or a seasoned Painter veteran, I think you will find something interesting in this book.

polo player portrait painting lourcey

Polo Player

It is broken up into smaller sections that take you through one technique at a time – so you don’t get overwhelmed with too much info at once.  You can decide what type of technique you want to work on and give it a try.  If you don’t like a particular style, you just go on to the next one.  For me, that makes for a much more flexible learning experience.

If you get this book and take the time to work through it, you WILL get better at Painter. There is no doubt about it.

If one of your 2012 goals was to grow as an artist, this might be a great place to start. Check it out and let me know what you think!

For more info on Cher and her work, check out Cher’s Website

You can also follow her on Twitter:  @CherPendarvis


  1. Tracyann0312

    It is good to see a photo that has good concept in their image. Besides, it can bring proper posture to the portrait you have. Thanks for sharing the article to us readers. Another one it is a great idea that can help us to make our portraits look nice and presentable.

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