Keith Pfeiffer is new to the Seattle Artist League. He comes from an illustration background, and is venturing to make his living as a fine artist. – Digital Paintings by Keith Pfeiffer (Procreate app) – I met Pfeiffer when he joined the Effects of Light (Thursday) class, and I’ve seen him whip out a series of effective thumbnail studies faster than I can say “contrast.” He’s not afraid to try things. Although in class he used traditional oil paints, he clearly had a lot of skills for navigating a palette and composition. He talked about the digital app he uses sometimes, and how fast and efficient it is. I realized that while he still loves working with actual paint, he was also able to use digital tools to improve his skills, which made his paintings better. I had him show me how to use the digital app Procreate, and I was stunned to realize what a powerful tool it was. Digital Painting with Procreate Unlike traditional painting, digital painting is portable, fast, and requires no clean up. With digital painting it is easy to try out dramatic changes, and quickly learn what will be the most effective combination of moves for your painting. It is a highly effective tool for traditional painting studies, and has deep potential as its own art medium. Imagine you have an oil painting that you could reach through and change the position of the first layer, adjust perspectives, change hues, tones, and values, or try different glaze colors to see what works – all in under a minute. You can still love the slow pace and physicality of traditional paint, but you must admit this is a powerful tool for any 2D artist, and will serve to strengthen and enhance your traditional paint skills. If Rembrandt was alive today, he’d use it. Pfeiffer is teaching a series of classes on digital painting with Procreate – an affordable, accessible, and powerful tool for artists. He’ll go over all the basic tools, brushes, layers, and how create your own digital painting. This class is excellent for beginners in digital painting and for traditional painters of all skill levels who are looking for a new exciting creative medium. I could see how this tool could really help the painters at the League. Procreate works with iPhone and iPad. If I could recommend one class for all artists, this would be it. Luckily, Pfeiffer is teaching five: Digital Painting with Procreate, Wednesday Morning ($5 Online Quickie) March 25, 11:00-12:30pm —TODAY!— Digital Painting with Procreate, Wednesday Evening ($5 Online Quickie) April 1, 7:00-8:30pmDigital Painting with Procreate, Wednesday Morning (Shortie) April 8, 10:00-1:00pmLandscape Painting with Procreate, Wednesday Morning (Online Shortie) May 6 10:00-1:00pmPortrait Painting with Procreate, Saturday Morning (Online Shortie) May 9, 10:00-1:00pm Connect with Keith Pfeiffer and see his latest studies on Instagram.