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Corel Painter Workshop July

Thursday, March 10th, 2016


Haven’t you always wanted to learn MORE about Corel Painter?

Beginner Corel Painter & BEYOND


New features for 2016 will be reviewed

July 10, 11 & 12 Sunday Monday Tuesday


Two Days of learning Corel Painter and the power behind it’s brushes and techniques.

Corel has a FREE 30 DAY Trial of Painter 2016. You can download it HERE

Do not download until a few days before class. We will set it all up in class also.

Don’t worry if you are a Beginner as we get you up to speed fast!!

  • ABR Importing! You can now import Photoshop ABR brushes into Painter!
  • One of my favorite new features is the new Custom Palette Toolbox. Add your favorite brushes, papers, patterns and flowmaps and share them with your friends! Painter automatically adds all the resources to your current workspace and you can begin using them right away!
  • Particle Brush Technology has now been added to Liquid Ink and Watercolor brushes! Great fun to be had with these variants!
  • Now add Impasto to your Dynamic Particle Brushes!
  • New Dynamic Speckle Particles! Add this new technology to any additional brush method.
  • New Dynamic Speckle Bristles! Get really deep into bristle technology!

Painter is faster and more stable than ever!

Whether you are new user or experienced, this workshop is for you to start painting immediately and get your photos to paintings faster than ever!!

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One Day of Golden Acrylic Painting on the Digitally Printed Canvas and learning about acrylic products and which are the best to use including brushes, sealing, adding textures and mixing colors. Learn from a Golden Artist Educator trained by Golden Artist Colors.

Come to the Mountains in Summer for the beautiful weather and join Corel Painter Master Elite Marilyn in a great workshop that will take your digital art beyond your expectations.


Returning and Early Bird Students get to save!

If you are returning

I will refund after you register $50


REFUND POLICY: Up to June 1st full refund less 10% After June 2, no refunds as we have limited seating!

This workshop is all NEW and will be incorporating new technology and exciting lessons. We will be painting portraits and abstracts and landscapes with amazing results. Even if you have taken a Beginner with Marilyn before, this will expand what you have learned before.

We will cover the basics to get you started and then we will explore the exciting brushes and new lessons that will take us from traditional paintings to edgier paintings.

  • Special Customized Workspace with Extraordinary Brushes
  • Portrait Brushes easy to understand
  • PDF’s Plus MUCH MORE


Lunches included. We have special rate at local hotel and they have free breakfast.

Coffee, tea, water and snacks included.


After you register we will send you hotel information. You MUST register at the hotel no later than June 15th to get our special room rate!

If you stay at the local hotel we provide you don’t need a car. We will be happy to pick you up and drop you off.  We always offer to have dinner with all our students each night so no one is left alone.

Please feel free to ask questions.

You will need latest edition of Painter installed on a laptop and a Wacom pen. Any version of Photoshop or whatever program you use for resizing your images.


Welcome to the Woolworth Walk

Thursday, April 24th, 2014


Exciting News! May 1st my booth at the Woolworth Walk opens!

More news coming and what we have planned. Right now testing posting and checking on my blog.


Friday, September 7th, 2012

Hello World! I’m BACK! Yes, it’s been a while but I have been really busy working on all kinds of new exciting methods and programs. My NEW Live and in Person WORKSHOP in Asheville North Carolina is coming up soon! REGISTER now for this fabulous workshop and then you can even add on a WET PAINT DAY to learn how to seal your prints and add acrylic gel and paints to your canvas!

Very excited to be offering this workshop. For full details on the workshop to to More Details Art of Digital Painting Collage LINK




Counting down to Gallery Opening in Asheville

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Aah Asheville

Here we go ASHEVILLE counting down to the gallery opening of my newest Asheville,NC paintings. Hopefully you will be amazed and thrilled and you can even pick up a matted print also of your favorite place in the whole world.

We need you to come to the Opening November 27th at Ananda Studio in downtown Asheville directly across the street from Wasabi. It’s Thanksgiving weekend and you know you are going to want to be downtown!

We will have some Bruisin Ales beer and some snacks and of course all the ART you could want. Holiday Gifts is what we are thinking! We have worked really hard on getting this event off the ground and now all we need is you. There will be awesome LIVE music from Chris and you have got to check out his solo on the resonator! Come on out friends in AVL and enjoy the holiday weekend with us.

You can also check out the Facebook invite and respond there to the invite which is public. BRING FRIENDS!

(Don’t make me feel stupid sitting all alone with my family!)

Back to Art,Work and Life!

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Hard to believe that so much time has passed since I wrote my last post but those of you on my newsletter emailing know that no dust has been settling under me. Been hard at work getting back to my art and life and preparing for the crazy month ahead of exciting travel and workshops and events. I’m off to Raleigh for the North Carolina State Convention for a few days to see old friends and make new ones and lay the groundwork for my October event in Blowing Rock. But before that there are all the Asheville Art Workshops and Italy and VEGAS BABY for WPPI. Instead of my telling you all about this and all the cool FREE Corel Painter brushes that are online now, I’ll just send you to the newsletter so you can get all the links,discounts and news yourself.  Check out Digital Art Events and Freebies including Digital Painting Beginner Workshops in Asheville,NC.

Hope to see some of you at the upcoming events and looking forward to this exciting year!

Forever Asheville Painting Work in Progress

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

Working on a new digital/acrylic painting and I thought it would be fun to share the steps and give some hints and tips. I started with a reference photo that I took this past summer as I was walking past someones car.  The idea that this truly represented Asheville, NC came to me immediately that it had the laid back feeling.

Original Capture

Original Capture

Now I needed to open it in Corel Painter 11 and I painted it with artist oils brushes looking to get as much of a brushstroke as possible into the painting. While I used the photo as photo reference it’s clear all the changes made to the painting as it is transforming into a painting.

After Painting in Corel Painter 11 with Artist Oil brushes

After Painting in Corel Painter 11 with Artist Oil brushes

Next I felt it looked a little dull and needed some punching up. Opened the image in Photoshop and tested out a few TOPAZ FILTERS on it and ended up using something in TOPAZ ADJUST. This gave more detail and also punched up the colors. When I was finished with that I opened NIK SHARPENER 3.0 and did some sharpening on the painting to pop more of the brushstrokes so I know it will print well. If you want to check out these filters use the links to TOPAZ and when you check out put MSHOLIN into the coupon code and you will get a discount. Same with NIK filters. Coupon Code: MSHOLIN gets a discount on them.

Below is the final digital painting. Next step will be to add acrylic paint to the canvas. I will update this post and show the before and after paintings:  the digital file vs the acrylic painted canvas. Final version will be Pigment Inks with Acrylic Paint.

Topaz Filters and Nik Sharpener Applied

Topaz Filters and Nik Sharpener Applied

You can find more discount codes and my recommendations on resources HERE

Two Special Digital Painting Webinairs!

Monday, June 1st, 2009

Tonight (Monday June 1st) is a FREE webinair on the art of Auto Painting with Corel Painter 11.
It’s going to be a fun one and fast and furious.
You canREGISTER for free. But you MUST show up! It’s at 6pm PDT (PACIFIC). There will NOT be any recordings available from it and at the end there will be some very special offers that are only good for 24 hours! So be sure to register for the site and then to log into the webinair.

Next Monday June 8th there is a very special Webinair sponsored by the Digital Art Academy. It’s the BIG FACE OFF where I will teach how to paint faces three different ways! REGISTER for only $30.00! How much better can it get than that?


After registration, click on Marilyn Sholin’s The Great Face Paint, register for the class and click on Please Confirm Your Registration.

Please also register a User name and password, and to sign up for the newsletter that will keep you informed about all the new classes and webinars at DAA!

Thank You Corel Painter Official Magazine for running one of my latest paintings
Part of my new set of “Asheville Life” paintings is “Waiting for the Sale” representing the
yearly Bele Chere Art Festival.
Full Page On Top of Actual Painting

Beyond Digital Art Group at the Biltmore

Monday, May 18th, 2009

Our great day out photographing at the Biltmore in Asheville with the Beyond Digital Art Workshop. Next years dates are May 1-6 2010. Come learn Infrared Photography and Digital Painting plus much more with Theresa Airey and myself.

Painter Workshops Dates for Asheville

Friday, March 27th, 2009

Just in time for Spring and Summer. Come to a Painter Workshop either for advanced digital artists or for beginners! Corel Painter workshops in Asheville are a blast. We have so much fun and the weather is great in Spring and Summer.
Check out the pictures and videos on Flickr to see what it’s like here. We even have author and artist Theresa Airey coming for an amazing five day Infrared Workshop!


Digital Artists in North Carolina

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

There is a unique opportunity for you to be introduced to Corel Painter by a Corel Painter Master in Asheville.Time to learn how easy it is to start your painting digitally, print on canvas and then embellish and paint on top of them. If you have been avoiding learning Painter because you thought it was difficult, you are in for a surprise! With a hands on introduction made available to you by the Professional Photographers of America
Super Monday Event April 20th you can be using Painter by April 21st!
REGISTER at the PPA site.
Marilyn is also the best selling author of the “Art of Digital Photo Painting” published by LARK BOOKS. This book takes you step by step through digital painting tutorials and lessons and makes a great addition to your library. The book sold out it’s first printing in only a few short weeks and Amazon has sold out of it more than five times! If you can’t come to the Super Monday, buy the book and get started and then register for one of our Asheville Workshops or a Digital Paintbrush workshop near you!