Emcee -- you made it! Good on you. Your painting of these beautiful little chldren is lovely, of course. As everyone sees from your message, NatureWorks and I found you on Painter Factory, which is, sadly, a pitiful little forum. Jinny Brown did ask us to bring new people over there as she has some plans to liven things up, but that may be hard with only 3 active painters. Emcee mentioned she was looking for more interaction and "instruction or suggestions," rather than the technical questions and answers that are so prevalent there. So we suggested that she move over here to the very best forum. I hope she will agree with the rest of us and stay on, as she paints beautifully.
Cindy, Corel just had a super sale on Painter 12 so you might check there to see if it's still on. I think it was half off. I did get it (sadly, at full price, several months ago). I love it and I hate it. It is a no go for autopaint so the best results are from handpainting. But the brushes will drive you insane they are that good. I still think PE4 is the best all'round program.
Again, welcome to the forum, Emcee!