I am enamored with the Anne Blair Brown’s video; “A Painter’s Journey”. This is the painter I want to be when I grow up so I’d better get cracking.
The best thing is that I am identifying the things I am doing wrong. These things have been pointed out in other artist’s videos but I guess I am now inspired enough to make changes out of my comfort zone.
*To my surprise she does not put a background color on the white canvas to begin with. She uses a large brush with yellow ochre to paint in the large shapes and that serves as her background color.
*Spend more time preparing the design by making a simple value study or notan of the subject.
*Only bring the focal point into detail and let the rest be more ambiguous.
Three plus hours of Brown’s quiet understated demonstrating and teaching. Even her voice soothes me.
Anne Blair Brown
It all started in April when a dear friend gave me a birthday gift to put toward purchasing supplies for painting. I treasure my DVD collection of artist instructional videos so I immediately went on a search for contemporary impressionistic art teachers. I came up with two candidates; Peggi Kroll-Roberts and Anne Blair Brown.
Step 1: The art teacher search was done.
Step 2: Power up Amazon prime and off I go. Well not so fast smarty pants! I came face to face with this information just prior to pushing the order button.
"A Painter's Journey is available through Vimeo On Demand. Through Vimeo you
can watch the video series on any of your devices through the Vimeo app or simply
them to your computer."
The underlined words are things that I know nothing about.
With the higher cost of Brown's series I was not about to do my usual just push more buttons and see what happens. Then I read; money is non refundable!! I didn't want to download this cyber thing and not be able to store it so I can watch it over and over. Where is it stored?
This isn't going to be easy, is it?
Step 3: I spent hours over many days on U-Tube researching every angle that I could think of. It was very frustrating but I learned a new little fact with each on line video. I always ask friends and even my hair dresser about my conundrum. The hair dresser said I only needed a Streaming Stick and not the whole Apple TV equipment and one needs a smart TV to make this work.
Step 4: Luck was on my side when the very very old TV finally died so off we go to Best Buy to purchase a new smart TV. Done.
Step 5: Another trip back to Best Buy for a Roku Streaming Stick. The salesman said it is very easy to put in and use. Big smile and a thank you very much.
Step 6: I need to open a free Vimeo and Roku account on my computer. I handled that like a pro.
Step 7: I now must program my smart TV to my Wifi so they can communicate. That did not work until my husband and I got the Roku purchased and plugged in. The remote would not work so after a few words and time he discover that the batteries to the remote were not put in correctly. All of this is so frustrating but at last the smart TV is talking to my Wifi!
Step 8: I dash back to Amazon Prime to order a test run art video. I chose Limited Strokes by Peggi Kroll Roberts but nothing shows up on the TV, did I just throw money into cyber space? I now have three remotes and I do not know when to use what.
Step 9: No one told me that Roku has to talk to Vimeo so while I just happen to be pushing buttons I saw the logo for Vimeo and pushed it. Voila, the TV gives me a code so I rush back to my computer in another room to punch the code into my new Vimeo account. All was functioning.
Step 10: See the big smile on my face? I learned how to stream videos from my Mac to my TV so I can watch them from the comfort on the couch which I then used to "rest my eyes" after all of this learning curve.
Step 11: As a by product I learned how to use On Demand that has been on the smart TV the whole time. I can go back and watch the missed shows of Genius-Picasso that I missed.
Step 12: Let me revel in my glory!!
Mary Ellen Koser