Artistic Journeys is an online publication that explores the lives of creative individuals as they share their experiences. The October issue has a special interview with John Derry, one of the founders of Corel Painter, as well as Lynda instructor.

Artistic Journeys – October – John Derry

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When I first started learning Corel Painter, I found a class on that John Derry taught. Little did I realize I would be talking to him personally a few years later. It’s always funny when things like that happen to you. Insignificant moments in your day to day turn out to be something a lot deeper later in life.

John surprised me. I didn’t realize how deep he is cemented in the Corel Painter world, and I didn’t realize how much he played in the inception of this program. On top of that, when he unpacked why he created his artwork, I found I looked at his work differently.

Sometimes it only takes a bit of sharing for one to see things differently.

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31 Responses

  1. Alice

    It was very interesting reading about John Derry. I took classes on from him too.

  2. Sarah

    I thought this would be dull, but it wasn’t. There was a real human touch with this one. A lot to think about. Thank you.

    • L.A. James

      Hi K.C.

      I was too. I only thought he did architecture paintings. I also remember watching a class on coloring black and white photos.

  3. Jack

    I have taken a lot of his classes on Lynda. It was interesting reading this.

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