Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Free Video Lessons are now On-Line

Jerry's Artarama has already started posting some of my Free Art Lessons that I filmed with them last week. So far, there are 7 up and running, with several more to follow within the next few days. Check back at their site for updates. It'll be a few weeks before the full-length Dvd's will be available for purchase.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Filming Videos for JERRY'S ARTARAMA

A few months ago, I received an offer from Jerry's Artarama ( http://www.jerrysartarama.com/ ) to come to their headquarters in Raleigh, North Carolina to film some instructional Dvd's. The video production was expertly handled by Burning Oak Studios.

Glenda and I flew down there last week and I completed 4 full-length lessons and about 15 or so ( I lost count ) Free Art Lessons for them. The Free Lessons will be shown on their website.

The Dvd's ( 3 in Oils, 1 in Watercolor ) will be sold under their WORLD OF ART series heading and will be available at their retail stores ( 15 locations ), their mail-order catalog and their on-line site. It was and is a great opportunity and I appreciate their invitation to work with their company.

Special thanks to the film crew; Robert King, April Tolliver and Greg De Deugd for making it light-hearted and fun while doing a first class job.

Also, many thanks to Michael Goldstein and Ryan Chamberlain for making it possible to begin with.

It's my understanding that the Free Lessons will be posted in the very near future, while the Dvd's will be a few weeks in production and manufacturing, before becoming available. As more information comes forth, I'll update the details on this blog, as well as my website. ( http://www.wilsonbickford.com/ )

Friday, May 1, 2009

More YouTube Lessons

About 2 and a half weeks ago, I filmed some new lesson clips for YouTube. It's been a year since I posted the first segments ( Holy Cow, A YEAR??!! ), so I thought I'd better get some new ideas out there. My "production people" tell me that they are nearly finished with the tweaking and editing and the new lessons should be up and running this week-end.

The response has been tremendous since those first lessons went "on-air" and I've had feedback and requests for advice from literally all over the world. Australia, Morrocco, Spain, Italy, China, Russia, nearly any place you could imagine. ( not to mention the good 'ol USA , of course ) I guess I was naive when those were first posted as I had NO idea how far reaching they would be. The Internet truly puts you in touch with the whole world. One thing I've noticed ( but I knew it all along anyway ) is that Art, ( as well as music ) is the universal language. The global response through YouTube is evidence of that. I feel fortunate that I can be a part of that and I also feel a sense of satisfaction that I have had a positive impact on fellow artists in regions of this planet that I'll never see. Bill Alexander's vision was "teaching the world to paint" and I feel I am helping him accomplish that in my own small way.

For the new clips, log on to www.youtube.com/wilsonbickford