How to Paint the Magnolia Flower, Watercolor Painting by Ross Barbera
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With extended footage plus BONUS video "How to Stretch Watercolor Paper"
Part 1 - "Painting the Magnolia Flower"
In his second watercolor painting DVD, Ross Barbera continues his easy to follow, step-by-step instruction in classic watercolor painting techniques. With more than thirty years of college teaching experience, Ross has developed a unique teaching style in which he successfully guides his students through all phases of the watercolor painting process.
Now with extended footage, Part 1 is packed with effective and practical tips as Ross demonstrates how to paint the beautiful Magnolia flower using classic, transparent watercolor painting techniques. His instructions are easy to follow, very detailed and are shown through the artist's perspective. Viewers can see exactly what Ross sees as he develops his painting. The close-up views provide the best possible vantage point as he demonstrates every aspect of the painting process. You will clearly see the evolution of a beautiful flower watercolor painting, as every step is explained in well-articulated detail.
Topics range from an introduction of the tools and materials of watercolor painting, to techniques used in applying washes of color, color mixing, masking techniques and paper preparation. As Ross continues with the overall development of the painting, you will learn how to control washes of color to achieve beautiful results. You will watch him work with "wet into wet" painting techniques, discover how to control this fundamental method of watercolor painting, and how to effectively interpret your subject matter. You will also see how Ross develops the background for this painting, and how he works with his paints to "paraphrase" the subject matter, rather than copy it. Extended footage (DVD only) will demonstrate the use of a popular tool, "The Incredible Nib." Ross's tutorials are designed to guide viewers in the process of creating a beautiful watercolor painting, while teaching the fundamentals of classic, transparent watercolor techniques.
Part 2 - "How to Stretch Watercolor Paper" (DVD only)
This all new video tutorial instructs viewers step-by-step in the process of stretching watercolor paper. You will watch Ross build upon the basic traditional approach and transform it into one of the most effective methods of paper preparation. This video presents clear and detailed instructions for every phase of the process, along with a description of the necessary tools and materials.
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But what happens when a young man of the Alldunns falls in love with a lovely Halfie girl?
Since this isn't a Hollywood film, the story takes some unexpected turns. The young Alldunn is determined to find The Painter -- but when he flees through the Forbidden Forest of the Death Flowers, it's not with his beloved, but with her best friend, as well as a Sketchie. And when they emerge from The Painting into The Painter's studio, some interesting philosophical & theological questions are raised. The love story is a real plot thread, but an increasingly minor one as the film progresses.
I won't spoil the rest of the story for anyone. Instead, let me praise this beautifully animated film for actually making inventive use of computer graphics, not to mention its welcome lack of fleeting pop culture references. The only culture referenced here is the rich history of painting. While certainly an all-ages film, there's no dumbing down for children, who are given credit for being intelligent viewers along with the adults. And the final scene is pleasingly inconclusive & open-ended, as is life itself for anyone who seeks his or her own answers to the Big Questions.
For anyone who wants something different in the way of animated films, this is a fine place to start -- highly recommended!
Watch the French dub for the original experience, but the English dub has some great voice-actors too and is well worth your time.
The story is intriguing, and while some parts don't really get resolved and the plot does drag occasionally, it is an excellent commentary about imposed social restrictions, prejudice bordering on a sort-of racism and that eternal quest for understand one's own place in the world.
If you are looking for something a little bit different from the usual Pixar/Dreamworks fair, then The Painting is well worth a look.
However, while the animation is certainly worth watching, I recall the story as being ... not so hot.
But perhaps I am thinking of another movie.
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A methaphor to life, social classes and "The Creator" in an understandable language for children.