Tag: oil paintings

Sunflower – Follow the Painting Process


Sunflower V Square © Jacobson



Yellow Background


Are you wondering how I do it? What’s the process that I use to get from  A to  Z? 

THE PROCESS in Steps 1 thru 7
  1. Paint Sunflower into the Background image
  2. Add more petals and lines
  3. Add additional lines  – looking for the feeling of motion
  4. Remove some lines – too much activity
  5. Remove much of the Blue color – found center distracting
  6. Strengthened Yellow on Petals
  7. Crop image for a more dramatic composition. Repainted center seeds to strengthen focal area.



There it is… the process I used. Paint, change, add, take away and paint some more. In the end, I always look for a better composition.
I’m really looking forward to hearing your comments and questions.

Video Demo- Digital Oil Painting

Corel Painter - Oil Painting

Oil Painting Sophia ©2009 Jacobson.

Corel Painter 

Oil Painting  

Today’s video demonstrates the brushes, paint and surface used in digitally painting with oils paints in Corel Painter.

The brushes shown in the video were used by artist Jackie Jacobson in the above Painting of Sophia.

After you watch the video, come back to the Sophia painting above, and check out the brushes used in the video demonstration today.

Corel Painter Digital painting studio exactly replicates traditional mediums, without the clean up and turpentine.


Sit in the front row

Watch in full screen by clicking on the icon to the right of the sound volume.

Title: Digital Oil Painting with Corel Painter 11    Time: 5:00 min



Question and Answer Time

I’ve demonstrated really fast, and I’m sure that you have many questions. At the end of every live demo, I take questions and comments. This demo is no exception, so please leave your questions/comments in the comment area below. Check back for the answers to all questions. Consider this a weekly workshop in digital painting.


Thanks for taking your time to be a part of this online adventure into “fine art meets technology.”

Join Me in the Studio

Are You Visiting Palm Springs Soon?

What should you do on the weekend in the Palm Springs area?

  • Shop and have fun at the largest Street Fair in the area?
  • 340 Vendors
  • Arts – Crafts – and much more
  • Free Parking
  • Free Admission

Meet me at the College of the Desert Street Fair. I’m in booth #75, every Saturday and Sunday, October – May.

Personal Studio Tour

Call ahead for an appointment to have your tour of my studio and gallery in Palm Springs. 760.831.1190.

I love spending time with people who are interested in art, painting and meeting the artist.

Recent visitors from Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Chicago, New York, Boston, and Vancouver BC have all enjoyed their art studio visits. If your vacation brings you to Palm Desert Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, La Quinta, Indio, Desert Hot Springs, Banning, Yucca Valley, East Hemet, Coachella, San Jacinto, Hemet, Beaumont, Yucaipa, Twentynine Palms, or any other close by city, then definitely drop by when you are in the area.


Portrait Painting Demo



Using Photos for Reference


Today I am working in my ultimate digital art studio. 

This is an oil painting demo using the Wacom® Cintique touch/pressure sensitive monitor and Corel® Painter 11.

I will be demonstrating a portrait using photos supplied by the client.  

I start each portrait in a similar way, but I honestly think that I never use the same process twice.

For me, this is an event, a challenge and an exploration.

Join me in the journey.



Original Photo

Original Photo




Step 1



The original photo was taken from a very high perspective.

I chose to come in much closer in order to capture the personality of

the two adorable sisters.

I spent quite a bit of time exploring different compositions.



Cropped Image

Cropped Image




Step 2

This is the cropped image that I will use for the painting.

I love their little feet in the original photo, but that just won’t work.

And it’s their hair and eyes that become the focus.


The block-in

The block-in



Step 3

I decided to do a square composition, so I cropped again.

This is the block-in stage.

I play around with paint and color in the background,

and then roughly block-in the two little ones.



The block-in

The block-in


 Step 4



About 14 hours after the block-in stage, my final decision… It’s done!

And now we have, what I think is the perfect portrait of the sisters.

The painting is printed on a 20″ x 20″ canvas.

So…what do you think? 


















The above painting demonstration shows how I paint traditional portraits. It is how I was trained and what I know best.

But then…there is always time to learn something new. I have a wonderful client who wanted me to do a portrait of her grandson “Oliver.”

Of course, she wanted Oliver painted in the Andy Warhol style. I told her I can’t do Andy Warhol, but she insisted I could and so I give you…



Original Photo

Original Photo



 painted in the Andy Warhol style
 by Jackie Jacobson,
who said she couldn’t do it!
The print is on a 40″ x 40″ canvas and looks incredible in the grandmother’s home.



Oliver 4-Panel Primary
Oliver 4-Panel Primary



Well there it is. How I paint portraits.

It’s really a brief summary of a long process, but I hope you get the idea.

I love doing portraits. And I’d love doing a portrait for you. 

 You can find some of the details in the portrait painting section,

on the right hand side of this page.

 But you can find out much more by giving me a call,

and discussing your needs.

 I just finished a wedding portrait for a couple

that were married 40 years ago in a backyard wedding.

 They are thrilled to finally have a memory

from that special day, so very long ago.


Summer is my time off from the street fair and the perfect time for me to spend painting portraits.

I hope I can do a special piece just for you. 

Thanks for taking your time to watch this demo with me.


I’d love to hear your comments. 

Please leave one.




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