I am throwing in this post because I have just viewed the new Jerry's Artarama release, "Fantasy Portraits in the Garden", by Yours Truly. I have watched dozens of "how to" videos over the years just like you have, and they fall into the category of...."let's watch the grass grow." My first video "Fantasy Portraits at Sea" falls into this general category. After the filming of that video, I remember thinking--this is not goint to cut it. I am surprized that they have sold hundreds. Anyway, this latest video is a winner! That's right I am tooting my own accordian! The superb editing by the Burning Oaks staff--especially April Tolliver--saved the day.
I was doing a workshop in Raleigh and hit upon the idea to bring the whole bunch over to the studio to work with the same model as I was during filming. Michael Goldstein consented, and away we went. About 10 or so artists painting along with the great Don Hatfield, asking questions and receiving instruction and critique on the fly. Not even that slick outfit Lillyadahl has presented a format like that (I think).
It is too nerve racking to try to paint, teach, critique, and blab simultaneously. But guess what?--I was created to do just that. It is a mirror of my crazy art life style which is one interruption after another--non-stop. I feed off of it. I have recently discovered that I am ADD, dislexic, and WSS all at once--all three ailaments are in my DNA, and I have spent a life time creating compensations--(WSS means won't sit still). Hell, my whole art career is one big compensation for my diffused consciousness.
The video has no lag, no dead space, and no Hatfield looking really stupid. The integration of the instruction and class interaction is perfectly timed to avoid viewer bordom. The film swims in some pretty good music too. In short-- it is seamless. I expect an avalanch of sales and workshop offers. I have purchased 2000 copies and have hired a staff of twenty Cal business students and an IT guy to meet the demand.
In short, you need this video--and so do your art buddies. Now give me your opinion after you view it with the church group, the vet home, the bunko crowd, the Ladies Aid, and the Daughters of the American Revolution--and don't forget the Rotary and Full Gospel Business Ass. I'll be waiting for your input--Always, Your Humble Don.