Thanks so much for your comments. I apologize for taking so long to respond. I've been writing class materials and teaching a class at Digital Art Academy plus dealing with a death in my family. All that has kept me more than a little busy.
While I appreciate traditional painting, it's not something I've done much, only a little play with watercolors and almost 18 years doing pencil drawings and inkings... technical illustrations before I was forced to learn how to do all this using a computer (AutoCAD to begin with).
I've loved to draw since early childhood, around 3-1/2 and still love to draw but there's not so much time these days what with my heavy involvement with Corel Painter for the past 13 years.
If you'd like to discuss this further, feel free to post a new thread in the General Discussion forum under Art Chat. That forum is appropriate since it was set up for discussions about art and artists.