Iain Stewart DVD – Landscape

As it was my birthday last week I treated myself to some new instruction DVDs.  I’ve sadly exhausted Charles Reid and Joseph Zbukvic but I noticed recently that Iain Stewart had released some new titles on


.   This is the demo in the landscape one.  I wasn’t sure about his teaching style to begin with but he has grown on me.    The thing you need in an instructional DVD is not the mechanics of what is going on e.g. ‘Now I’m going to paint an ultramarine wash’ ‘Now we’re going to paint the leaves’.  What is really useful is the why and how they solve problems.   Iain is very good at this.   Even though each DVD only has one demo he goes through a lot of techniques and I enjoyed painting along.  

Here’s his version (I made some changes to mine).

Birgit O’Connor Atmospheric Landscapes

I subscribe to an art DVD club and get sent 3 DVDs per month.   It can be hit or miss but there’s usually one in the batch that is worth watching.   This month I received a Birgit O’Connor landscape DVD.  Birgit is probably more known for her close-cropped flower paintings but this one showed how her wet-in-wet technique lends itself to other subjects.   She works with very wet paper and large (#30) brushes to apply color.   She lifts and rotates the paper to blend colors to great effect which results in large smooth washes.

This was me following along on her first demo.   Sky and mountains look good but the foreground lost its way a little.   Good fun though.