Monday, November 25, 2013

My First Pastel Video Demo on YouTube

'Early Morning Magic'                8.5 x 14.5        pastel      ©Karen Margulis
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I feel like a kid at Christmas today!  I got a new toy and it is hard to focus on anything else!  I treated myself to a GoPro video camera.  If you aren't familiar with these fun little cameras here is a bit from the GoPro website but basically it is a very small waterproof camera that shoots wide angle videos and photos. It can be mounted on just about anything to get great action shots.

"The camera that started a revolution.

Impossibly small. Impressively high performance. Incredibly versatile. It all adds up to a camera that makes it easy for anyone, anywhere, to capture stunning photos and video of their life’s most meaningful experiences."



I may not be into any extreme action sports but I can see the possibilities for filming my painting adventures. I will be putting it to the test in a couple of weeks in the Caribbean!  And I have some really exciting adventures planned for 2014 so this little camera will get a workout!

What about using it closer to home?  I thought I would try it out while I painted yesterday and made my very first video demo which I have added to my Youtube channel.  Read on about how I did it.

My Set up ...I mounted the camera on the box top which I stuck on a tripod
I am definitely a novice when it comes to video and editing. But the GoPro made it easy (along with the many tutorials you can find on Youtube. After I got the camera out of the box (I did need to watch a tutorial on that!)  I set up the camera and the GoPro app for my iphone. You can control the camera via the app using wifi....very cool.   I took a quick video of the dog and managed to get it on the computer and do some basic editing. I was excited.

Next I decided to do a quick painting.The camera does Time lapse which I think will be great for a bigger more involved painting. This demo took me 7 minutes so I filmed it straight through. I didn't cut much out at all. I figured out how to add titles and music too.  I have some great ideas for my Youtube channel so I hope you will subscribe and check out my first demo.



Here is the link to the demo. Let me know what you think!  http://youtu.be/HJwX_3-Qg7o


Information:
The camera is a GoPro Hero3 Silver (not the latest model but a great bundle price at Costco)
The painting is on Canson MiTeintes paper with Terry Ludwig pastels.

18 comments:

Susan Vaughn said...

Hey Karen! I saw a segment on 60 Minutes about the GoPro Camera and my son and I, both, want one for Christmas. Your video is great! Enjoy your new camera and I look forward to more videos!! - Susan

Dorothy said...

Looking good, Karen. I have always enjoyed your art, and it was fun watching you create this painting. :)

Debby said...

Great video, looking forward to more!

Irene said...

Hey Karen! Really enjoyed your video! It was great to see how you work and looking forward to many more! - Irene

Richard Lane said...

What a great demo, Karen! I really enjoyed watching you paint that work.

sandra scott said...

Just when I thought I had everything I needed and now this!! Loved the demo and all your work

Sally Arnold said...

Karen I think you've done a fabulous job with this video. The painting is beautiful and you made it look so easy!

Barbara Smeaton Studio said...

This sounds like a great camera hope you get lots of use out of it. I love watching people paint, and this is a lovely piece.

Jo Castillo said...

That was fun! So nice to see how you work.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Karen for sharing ! I love and admire your work. Great regards from France (Marjorie)

Mariam said...

really helpful demo. Thank you, Karen :)

robertsloan2art said...

Wow!

You said so much with so little on a large painting with... Ludwigs on Canson mi-Tientes?

I hadn't thought of using my Ludwigs on Mi-Tientes, now I've got to try it. That is just gorgeous. I liked how you used fixative in the middle to darken the bottom and restore tooth. It's just layered enough to be rich and powerful. Like poetry, not one wasted stroke or mark. I can feel the water squishing between my toes and I'm walking, sloshing into this painting. It's glorious!

Where did you get the music for it? That music is fantastic. It set the mood perfectly and almost seemed as if you were listening to it while painting, your work was in rhythm with it throughout.

I hope that great camera has the capacity for sound too, that you can do a voice over for some of these. I'd love to hear your thoughts too while you paint. But that music was wonderful. Well done, all around a great video and a great painting! Looking forward to more.

Anonymous said...

This was great Karen ! Thank you so much for sharing !

Sea Dean said...

Thank you Karen. I've been following your blog instructions for some time, but it makes such a difference to see you in action. I look forward to more YouTube Hero adventures.

Carol Flatt said...

I am impressed! You and the GoPro did an outstanding job! Cannot wait to see more. Watching your painting come to life was exciting!

Gloria said...

I learned so much just watching this one demo. I have been trying so hard never to blend with my fingers because I always did so before. I also have never used a fixative until the end of a couple of paintings, and really didn't like what it did to my values, and how it darkened the painting. Really beautiful painting and haunting music. love the whole package!

Mario Vukelic said...

Hi Karen, thanks for sharing. Very helpful demo and very beautiful painting. I very much liked the rhythm of your strokes where every stroke made sense. It would be great if you could add some voice in the future, the hear your thought process - if there are thought at all during your meditation :)

Debbie Fox said...

Karen, I hope that we see more of your videos...I think that a video series on different techniques, underpaintings and mark making would be so very helpful to all of your fans. I would be very happy to pay for them, as all your you tube videos are so informative!