This weekend I attended a webinar for several hours. I found the posting for it on WetCanvas. The lecture series itself was produced by Northlight. The painting instructor was Johannes Vloothius from Canada. He gave a tutorial on painting grass and the use of the color green. This was the first time I had attended a webinar and experienced livestream. The experience was very good on both a technical and artistic front. The audio and video of the Justin.tv livestream was fluid. The second part of the webinar took place the following day using ustream. Unlike the livestream, ustream was breaking up, especially on audio, but was still a worthwhile follow. I found the lecture and power point presentation very informative, however, the ‘paint along’, a six hour live painting instruction of a landscape, was less worthwhile because Jo had to instruct others in his studio concurrently with his painting of the scene; there were many minutes of dead air when nothing was being done on the painting. The technical problems with the ustream also proved very distracting, as much of the chat occurring had to do with the breakup of the audio, which took away a lot from the actual painting instruction. I stayed for about 2 hours. All in all, I got out of it what I had wanted to get out of it.
I found that Jo had much of benefit to teach, however, I was not a fan of his style of painting, despite the fact that it was very good painting. I prefer the style of Jerry Yarnell. I did get the names of several other successful painters who I want to check out online: to compare their styles and learn from what I see.
I’m just finishing up my first metalsmithing course. It went from January 23 through May 7 at the Mesa Art Center. I have one more class to go to, mostly to finish using the torch to color the earrings for my Autumn Leaves necklace, and use some of the equipment. I have stocked up on most of what I need at home, but I still have to get the acetylene and oxygen tanks for fuel for my Smith Micro Torch. Last week, I found a welding supply company in Goodyear where I can get the fuel I need.
The course was taught by Lynette Andreasen, and below is the description.
This intensive class focuses on basic skills needed for jewelry fabrication.
Learn the basics or use this class to refine your skills: sawing, filing, soldering, and finishing, as well as basic stone setting.
Next up on my list of courses to take from the Mesa Art Center is Enameling, this summer.
Today was the first day that I looked at my web statistics. Pretty dismal. There were only 12 unique visitors in April. Looks like everyone came from Facebook. Nobody came through a search engine. I guess the thing to do is go through the pages again and make sure I have all my “alts” created with descriptions having keywords. Also, I need to find out about getting listed in the Google Local listings. Sometimes, like today, it all seems quite overwhelming.
I have a real hankering to paint a Victorian style house, plain and dark, in the bright moonlight, with an iron gate in the forefront. But I still can’t hold a paintbrush because my right shoulder still hurts due to the muscle that I pulled. I hope that in a few more days I’ll be able to paint again.
One of my necklaces, which I am in the process of creating, has a design flaw. The necklace was designed to be worn by slipping over the head (i.e. no clasp in back.) However, the addition of a medallion has made the opening too small to slip over the head. Tomorrow, I will alter the piece so that it tapers at two places in the back where a clasp will be inserted.
Today, I published my first video of my artwork. This was a piece, approximately 10 minutes long, on the process involved in one of my more advanced pieces of jewelry: a necklace and earring set called, “Autumn Leaves.” I uploaded it to facebook: www.facebook.com/velvet.tetrault and to my website host, but I have not yet posted it on my website Visual Gems Studio until I actually finish the necklace – probably no more than a week from now.
I was afraid that I would have too many “umms” during my recitation of how I was creating the jewelry, so I tried to speak slowly so that short silences would take the place of “umms”. In general, I think it worked.