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.