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Texas School 2021 - The Artist Within by Shelly England
Kimberly Smith is such a talented artist and was an inspiration to all in her
class at Texas School 2021. The week flew by and was so much fun each day.
There were 3 of us from the Houston Guild in her class.
Our main project was photograph then paint a scene. We had 2 adorable
models: Emmaline, Jenny Eisenhauers 2 year old baby girl and the cutest
fluffy puppy that was our wrangler, Ken Hatley’s dog. The shoot was fun and
From there, Kimberly showed us her process and inspirational ideas for
editing and painting the photo of the baby and puppy.
I learned so many things in Photoshop that I didn’t know before. It’s the
little things that make it all fun. We always started in layers and made 2
copies of the background like a hamburger. There are many different ways
that artists paint, even in Photoshop. Kimberly is a no frills painter - no
special pen, brushes, etc. She uses what is available in Photoshop with a
couple of additions from Topaz. We took the picture of the baby and puppy
section by section and learned tips and tricks such as extending a dress to
the floor, adding a pink bow, adding sleeves to a sleeveless dress and painting
eyes to name a few things. She showed us how to add flowers and place them
and also how to add a headband. All the details make the art come to life.
We got the picture painted as far as we could, then Kimberly showed us how
she mats her own prints and how to make a torn edge mat. It was a perfect
ending to a week of learning that I thoroughly enjoyed! If given the chance, I
would take this class again in a heartbeat! This was my first Texas School
class and I look forward to many more!