I got myself a couple of Painter books with an Amazon gift card the family got me for Father’s Day. This piece is an exercise from one of the books, “Beyond Digital Photography”. It essentially uses Painter’s auto-paint feature to paint three different layers; a coarse underpainting, a medium underpainting and a detailed underpainting. I use the Acrylic Captured Bristle brush. On each layer the length of the stroke of the auto-painting is reduced by 50%. A layer mask is then created for the medium and fine layers. Painting black on the layer masks allows the coarse layer below to show through where you paint. I finished the painting by adding canvas texture and brush texture (Impasto Varnish Brush).
Using the auto-paint feature makes quick work of the painting. Painting on separate layers and using the layer mask gives pretty good flexibility.