Well, Susan and I just returned from a five-week painting trip to Turkey and then Spain. We were welcomed everywhere when we painted on the streets and in the little villages of Turkey and Spain, except in Barcelona, where the police vigorously stopped us from painting, saying it was illegal to paint anywhere in public in Barcelona even though we weren't selling anything. We even went to the police station to fill out an official application, but they are only reviewed one day a year and are really meant for street performers asking for money, so it seems there is no real legal way to plein-air paint in Barcelona.
I should note that we have painted without problem throughout the rest of Spain, which is one of our favorite countries in Europe, so this isn't a critique of Spain generally, but only of Barcelona. The above video is a spoof of our experience. The funniest thing the police said to me was "Stop painting, NOW!", which I didn't capture on video since I was painting at the time! The police also forced me to stop videotaping them when they were shutting us down. Oh, Barcelona, what has happened to you since we visited there in 1997?
Runtime - 1hr 40min
This video lesson includes five demonstrations in oil by Susan Lyon and several discussions of equipment and materials.
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Runtime - 2hr 8min
This video lesson includes a discussion of plein air painting equipment and materials
A demonstration by Susan Lyon of an outdoor scene.
Six demonstrations by Scott Burdick,
including a plein air portrait and stairway scene,
then a studio charcoal drawing study and the full color watercolor of a dancer,
and finally two demos of Spanish dancers shown in a series of still photographs with narration by Scott.
Susan Lyon -
Sketching the Figure in Oil
2 hours - $24.95 This is the latest online video of Susan Lyon as she takes you through
the process of painting quick figure studies in oil from live models.
The video consists of a discussion of materials, color mixing, thirteen demonstrations in oil,
as well as a slide show of paintings with a narration by Susan.
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The Basics of Color
90 minutes - $24.95 This is the latest online video of Scott Burdick as he completes two studio painting demonstrations in oil and
discusses the basics of color. The video uses numerous illustrtations to thoroughly explain
approach to oil and the intricacies of color theory.
Susan Lyon -
2 hours - $33 In
this video lesson, Susan Lyon goes over all the supplies and procedures
she uses in doing figure quick sketch. You will see over twenty
demonstrations of poses ranging from one minute to 25 minutes in china
marker, general's chalks, charcoal, and pastel pencil.
Scott Burdick -
Secrets of Drawing
66 minute - $24.95
In this video lesson, Scott Burdick will discuss the technical aspects
of measuring, values, shapes, and all the considerations in drawing a
portrait. You will see two portrait demonstrations, in addition to
numerous side examples to illustrate the various points covered.
I'm using Photoshop CS4, but most of the tools have been a part of Photoshop for many years, so the video should be fine even for older versions.
If you are using the Elements version of Photoshop, this video won't be much help in using Elements, but might be a cheap way to see what tools you're missing and whether or not you actually need the full version of Photoshop, or if Elements serves your needs well enough.
Here is a general summary of the topics covered in the online Photoshop video lesson.
This two-hour video is meant as an introduction to all the basic tools I use as an artist to adjust photos and paintings.
I'm putting this detailed summary down so you'll know exactly what the lesson covers.
While there is no way to cover every single detail of every tool, I hope this will be a good introduction to how an artist might use Photoshop.
Moving photos from a digital camera to computer
Organizing them in folders
Backing up on external hard drives
Basic tools of Photoshop
Adjusting a photo
Levels (lightening and darkening - histogram)
* Resizing and compressing an image for the web and to print
* Clone Stamp
* Printing a photo
Creating actions to calibrate a printer to monitor
Using Layers and Layer masks to combine two photos
* Overview of other tools
Selection, Lasso, Magic Wand, Crop, Eye Dropper
Paint Brush, Type Tool
Creating a Black and White image 3 ways
Tiling a print using Canvas Size
Adjusting a painting
Cropping and fixing skewed perspective
Fixing a color cast with white point eye dropper
Stitching multiple photos together with photomerge
Adjusting a landscape for value and color
* Working from a photo in the studio.
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