Armed with a couple of library books: “Photoshop for Artists” by Sylvie Covey and “Digital Painting for the Complete Beginner” by Carlyn Beccia; I am now exploring how to use the painting tools using Photoshop. I have chosen the three pears for their simplicity. I have actually drawn and painted this same subject using traditional watercolors. This has been a fun exercise and is helping me to get a grasp of how Photoshop layers, tools and filters work. It is not as easy a task as one may like to imagine. I am not sure if this is because I only have a mouse to maneuver instead of a tablet and stylus or what…but it is fun and I am starting to enjoy the results more and more as I practice.