How to paint an Ocean Wave – Video No.288


In this time lapse video Mark Waller explains the basic principles of how to paint an ocean wave in just over 16 minutes. The technique will work in oils and acrylics. Here is a link to his website.

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Online Workshops for Artists

Artists go Online

My painter friend Herdin Radtke has been teaching in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, and France for decades. He has now turned to online courses where students save a lot on travelling expenses. Modern webcams allow course participants to look over Herdin´s shoulder and listen to his explanations. It is almost like being in the studio with him. Students can also hold their work to the camera one by one so that the tutor can advise them on possible improvements.

Herdin has also produced many training videos which are being translated into English. The starter course is available now. It will give you quick satisfactory results. The workshop can be downloaded at Herdin´s Vimeo Site. He also conducts live online classes at request. By the way his techniques ensure that there aren´t any unpleasant smells of turps and the paints dry much quicker than you would normally expect.

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Artists on German TV – Amelia Rowcroft

Every month the international group of artists AERA present a member on German TV.

Today there is a new production introducing the sculptor Amelia Rowcroft from England. It´s in English with German subtitles.

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In my series of films on a German tv channel I present artists belonging to AERA the Association Embracing Realist Art. The films are being broadcast several times a month. Members have their work put in front of a wide audience. German subtitles are added where necessary to make it accessible to viewers who are less fluent in English. The productions are not only shown on the German TV channel several times over but they have also been entered into the station´s free public media library.

Furthermore Zattoo offer a live stream for subscribers in Europe. You can register for free. It will give you access to 89 tv channels. One of them is NRWision which features our AERA programmes several times a month.

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Palm Art Award Nominee 2020

I am happy to say that I have been nominated for the Palm Art Award again this year. The award was first installed 17 years ago and has gone to artists from all over the world since. The juried competition will close in October and award winners will be named in December.

Last year the jury presented me with an award. Let´s see how I fare this year.

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First Online Workshop for Aspiring Artists

online workshop with 27 participants or more

Progress Report

Today I attended the first of my friend´s new online workshops. It was almost like being in the studio with him. Modern webcams offer a remarkable resolution so that the course participants were able to look over his shoulder and listen to his explanations. They would then turn round to their easels and start painting the first step of what they had just seen.

They were then asked to hold their work to the camera one by one so that the tutor was able to advise them on possible improvements. After that is was back to looking over the tutor´s shoulder to learn the next step. So it continued until everyone had completed a very satisfactory painting.

Here is a list of artists who offer online workshops.

Apart from teaching online and on location some artists also offer training DVDs in the form of downloads or on disks.

Eric Armusik covers old master techniques

Robyn Collier covers landscapes and seascapes – using the Alla Prima method in oils

Paul Coney covers seascapes and florals in watercolour and oils

Murray Ince covers landscapes and seascapes in water mixable oils, acrylics, and pastels

David Johnson covers trees, mountains, people, and water in oils and acrylics

Alan Kingwell covers landscapes and seascapes in oils

Erwin Lewandowski covers water, trees, and rocks in coloured pencils

Jill Poyerd covers landscapes and portraits in watercolour and oils

Herdin Radtke cover landscapes, seascapes, still lifes, and florals in oils and acrylics teaching a special technique which he has developed to achieve satisfying results fast

Pavel Sokov covers old master techniques as a portrait artist offering training DVDs

Graeme Stevenson produces tv shows in which he presents artists from around the world

Ian Walton covers landscapes and seascapes in oils

Lorraine Watry covers landscapes and still lifes in watercolour

Joseph Zbukvic covers landscapes and cityscapes in watercolour

Doug Zider covers landscapes and seascapes in oils

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Online Workshops for Aspiring Artists

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Introduction

In these trying times of the Corona virus pandemic online painting workshops are the perfect pass time for people in lock down. Painting is enjoyable, it helps your mind concentrate on something pleasant and above all it is satisfying to create something. You will find that there is life beyond the smartphone and the television.

Painting is also therapeutic and there are a number of websites listing the benefits of painting therapies. Here is one of them. Today we do not want to go into too much detail about that side of the wonderful influence being creative can have on your well being.

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This article will concentrate on how you can learn to paint or improve your skills as some artists offer online art classes. Although I do not offer online workshops myself I have worked with artists who do. There are a number of great teachers out there and I will give you links to some of them. I will be concentrating on realist art as that is my passion.

You will be surprised what you can achieve even if at first you say to yourself “I´ll never be able to do that”.

Here is a list of frequently asked questions about what you will need to attend online classes.

What is an online workshop ?

An online workshop is an often interactive online course, session, or an online conference in which you can participate via the web irrespective of your location. Communication takes place via a webcam and a headphone. Furthermore you can communicate with your host and other participants via a live chat by exchanging text messages. So there will be sessions you can attend even if you do not have a webcam or a headphone.

Are Online Workshops Affordable?

You will find that there are courses starting from 25€ to courses stretching over several sessions which of course will lead to more value for more money.

Which technical requirements are essential?

In order to participate in an online workshop you need internet access via a PC, Mac, laptop or Tablet.

You will achieve the best audio experience using headphones, speakers or a headset.

What if I am not a computer buff?

Artists often give you a step by step explanation of how to set up you pc, laptop, or tablet both in a printable version to download and as a short video.

How do I register?

Your host will invite you to the online workshop via e-mail after you have applied to participate in a session of your choice. The e-mail will give you a link and a pass code. At the appointed hour click on the link in your course invitation e-mail and enter your e-mail address and the passcode.

For your first ever session the software will ask you to quickly install an application on your device. This will be used automatically in all your future sessions. You can install ZOOM beforehand free of charge so that you do not miss the beginning of a session. Other artists may use SKYPE.

Can I remain anonymous during a session?

You can remain anonymous by registering with your correct e-mail address and a pseudonym. The name you enter when entering a session will be displayed to other participants. It will also appear when you enter the chat.

Can I participate via my tablet, iPad or smartphone?

Yes, iOS- or Android users can follow a session via a tablet, iPad or smartphone. You can also use the live chat function. Simply click on the link in your online workshop invitation e-mail.

If you are using the Safari Browser for your Mac, iPad or iPhone you can only follow the online workshop livestream video and sound. You will need a different browser (Chrome, Firefox) for Apple devices to be able to enter a live chat.

Do I need a camera and a microphone?

Not necessarily. There are top down sessions where you just watch. You can communicate with your host and other participants via a live chat using text messages. So you do not need a camera or microphone.

Can I pass my online workshop access link on to a friend?

Sorry, but the link to the online workshop is personalized. It only works for the person who has registered for the session and for that session only. You may want to notify friends and other interested parties by sharing the link to the artist´s website and telling them about online courses. Please copy the URL and send them an e-mail or whatsapp.

Here is a list of artists who offer online workshops.

Apart from teaching online and on location some artists also offer training DVDs in the form of downloads or on disks.

Eric Armusik covers old master techniques

Robyn Collier covers landscapes and seascapes – using the Alla Prima method in oils

Paul Coney covers seascapes and florals in watercolour and oils

Murray Ince covers landscapes and seascapes in water mixable oils, acrylics, and pastels

David Johnson covers trees, mountains, people, and water in oils and acrylics

Alan Kingwell covers landscapes and seascapes in oils

Erwin Lewandowski covers water, trees, and rocks in coloured pencils

Jill Poyerd covers landscapes and portraits in watercolour and oils

Herdin Radtke cover landscapes, seascapes, still lifes, and florals in oils and acrylics teaching a special technique which he has developed to achieve satisfying results fast

Pavel Sokov covers old master techniques as a portrait artist offering training DVDs

Graeme Stevenson produces tv shows in which he presents artists from around the world

Ian Walton covers landscapes and seascapes in oils

Lorraine Watry covers landscapes and still lifes in watercolour

Joseph Zbukvic covers landscapes and cityscapes in watercolour

Doug Zider covers landscapes and seascapes in oils

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How to paint a Mountain Landscape – Video No.287


In this time lapse speed painting video Victor Yushkevich paints a mountain landscape in 1 hour 25 minutes. Enjoy the painting process without words and the background music. The technique will work in oils and acrylics. You may come across one or two short adverts but the painting process will be well worth it. You can always jump forward if you haven´t got the time to watch all of the video.

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Exhibition at a Shopping Centre Goes Online

Due to Corona Virus restrictions, our exhibition at a shopping centre has now gone online. Continuing our shop hire at a major shopping centre my friend Peter and I used to take turns opening the shop on Saturdays. As customers are no longer allowed to visit non essential shops we have put our exhibition online.

A complete set of the works will be shown within the next few days.

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Corona or Covid19 or SARS-CoV-2

In these trying times art has to come second. So here is some information I have collected on the virus outbreak which might be of interest to you. Just my thoughts and I am not a medical expert. So there is no guarantee that everything I´ve said is gospel.

  1. NHS Advice
    Corona or Covid19 or SARSCoV2 is mostly contagious before you know you´ve got it and during the first 7 days of developing symptoms. That is why we are told to self isolate for 7 days if we have not had any contact with anyone while anyone we have been in contact with has to self isolate for two weeks. This is because it may be two weeks before symptoms show. Find WHO FAQs here.
  2. Reaction to Restrictions
    Restrictions have been imposed to limit the number of people admitted to hospital all at once. Therefore it is vital for everyone to adhere to the NHS advice as not to overload the system which would kill more people. Anyone can spread the virus so do not think the advice does not apply to you. You do not want to be responsible for someone´s death. A young lady tells of her terrible ordeal.
  3. Herd Immunity
    Here you can learn more about the idea of creating herd immunity by letting the virus spread to infect a large percentage of the population. Normally vaccination is used to achieve herd immunity. The vaccine does not make people ill but it tells the body how to cope with the virus should you contract it. So you do not fall ill. At present there is no vaccine so everyone contracting the virus will fall ill with the risk of overloading the health system.
  4. Respirators
    It has been suggested that more respirators are required to save lives. This BBC article will tell you that you cannot expect to buy that kind of equipment even from high tech companies over night.
  5. Help your neighbours
    Vulnerable people will self isolate without showing symptoms making sure they do not catch the virus. These people may need your help. The least you can do is phone your friends and neighbours more regularly so that they do not feel lonely. Their tv does not replace a chat. After all solitary confinement is classed as torture.
  6. A Taste of No-Deal Brexit
    Border controls have been introduced throughout Europe to slow the spread of the virus. It is a concerted effort by EU countries. This has lead to long queues at borders as checks were introduced. It reminds us of Yellow Hammer preparations in case of a no deal Brexit. Only this is for real and it is only temporary. Read here about 60 kilometer traffic jams at borders.
  7. Panic Buying
    People seem to think that having to self isolate you have to buy stacks. Shops only run out if too many people buy much more than they need. Production and supplies of everyday goods are readily available. So there is no need to stockpile. You will find that empty shelves will be full again once panic buying stops. This should also be a warning of things to come in case of a no-deal Brexit.

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If this does not move you – nothing ever will

At times like these, maybe Europe brings hope. See what the European Anthem does to people

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