I finished another of the paintings of my neighbors beautiful horses. I love the time period of the day, right before the sun starts to set for all the dramatic lights and shadows it casts. I played around with many brushes and mediums and finally really found a great combination for doing the grasses. It took forever to the grass to get painted, on blade at a time, but it has the exact look and color brush blending I've been working to find. This is a digitally painted work, not a photo manipulation, or auto convert art software effect. I painted it using my electronic graphics tablet, a Wacom, that comes with a wireless pen stylus. I used my favorite art program, Corel Painter X (see www.Corel.com for more info, also has Wacom bundles there.) I could not paint this on the computer with a regular mouse. The stylus pen is held like a real pen, or brush, marker, chalk, etc. You choice the colors, sizes of brushes, how translucent it is, how to blend it, the grain, the pull of the brush, the mix of the colors, and the mediums. It is as close as to using real materials as you can get. The software is constantly getting upgrades and each time, it is more amazing. The combinations I can create with mediums and brushes are often something I could not achieve with real mediums that you could not mix together. This gives me more freedom and often, in my works , more realistic or stunning effects of a work. I am self taught, I learned by experimenting and practice. There are books, and DVD tutorials available, so it can be learned. Even if not artistic, you can photoshop if that's what you are into. All I know is I am loving every minute I spend working with the Wacom. I've much to learn and much to try, here's hoping I can continue to entertain your eyes for many years to come. Enjoy!