11.14.14

“I’m Back” From Visiting My Sister In Florida. Critical Information For You!

Posted in News at 12:43 AM by Darrell Crow

I got back from a delightful week visiting my sister in Florida and thought I’d better get this note to you right away.

This is just a quick update of the DVD series we have remaining in inventory. Once the following are sold, that’s it for DVDs.

The Basic Techniques of Oil Painting: 11 Sets

The Basic Techniques of Acrylic Painting: 5 Sets

The Basic Techniques Water Mixable Oils: 2 Sets

The Basic Techniques of Flowers: 5 Sets

The Basic Techniques of Seascapes: 5 Sets

SOLD OUT The Basic Techniques of Painting Tall Ships

SOLD OUT The Basic Techniques of Painting Wildlife

Basic Techniques of Pop Art: 8 Sets!

Learn To Paint From Photographs: 6 Sets

The Basic Techniques of Color Mixing: 2 Sets

Learn To Teach Kids To Paint: 7 Sets

The next two sets most likely to be sold out are The Basic Techniques of Water Mixable Oils and the Basic Techniques of Color Mixing.

But as you can see above EVERYTHING is down to just A FEW SETS.

Now would be the time to act to claim your set. If you have ANY problems with any of the links immediately go to http://www.darrellcrow.com and order there.

Just a word about my grand-daughter’s involvement in the creation of the video series on the Basic Techniques of Color Mixing.

My grand-daughter Sabrina really helped me out in testing (or was it tasting) the color mixing theory. And it all began with cupcake icing.

Cupcakes?

Icing?

Theory of Color Mixing…?

Darrell has definitely been spending way too much time on the treadmill lately.

Seriously……

A couple of years ago I received an urgent call from my grand-daughter, Sabrina, inviting me to please come over and help her with her homework.

Seems she wasn’t doing well in Art. And her teacher felt that if her artist Pop-Pop could teach her colors, that would be quite a big help to her academic future.

Heaven forbid that her academic future be endangered.

I dropped everything and headed out the door. Stopping only for a few items at the grocery store I arrived at her house, spread the supplies on the table and began our lesson.

At the grocery store, I’d bought red, blue, yellow, white, and black cake icing. I had also purchased a dozen mini-cupcakes, napkins and a dozen large paper plates.

Spreading the items on the kitchen table I couldn’t help but watch her fascinated eyes get large in great anticipation as she inspected everything.

I began by asking how many colors are in the whole, wide world. She felt that there was definitely over a hundred and that every one of them was different.

I explained that she was right and in fact no-one really knows exactly how many there are. However there are only three primary colors in the whole wide world. That was because no other colors could make them.

With great relish I had Sabrina cover three mini-cupcakes with icing. One yellow which we placed on a round paper plate at the 12 o’clock position. A red one at 8 o’clock and a blue one at 4 o’clock.

“Now can we eat them, PopPop?”

“Nope. We’ve got more colors to mix.”

Sabrina looked all over for others colors and couldn’t find them.

So I showed her how to mix the primary colors to form a secondary color. As she saw the cake icing turn orange or green or purple, she quickly named them and screamed with delight. By now she was well into the exercise. We soon had a purple mini-cupcake at 6 o’clock, a green mini-cupcake at 2 o’clock and an orange mini-cupcake at 10 o’clock.

“Now can we eat them, PopPop?”

“Nope. We’ve got more colors to mix.”

This time Sabrina knew what to do. We quickly mixed up all of the intermediate colors and soon had 12 different colored cupcakes in a circle on the plate. I was able to teach Sabrina about complements, that cold colors went from 12 o’clock to 6 o’clock and that warm colors went from 6 o’clock to 12 o’clock.

We saw how to make each of the 12 colors lighter or darker with white and black icing.

We finally came to the moment Sabrina had long anticipated.

Someone had to eat all those mini-cupcakes.

So she tackled the primary colors, letting her mother help her. Secondary and Intermediate cupcakes would be included in her school lunches. For the next several days, Sabrina had some serious work ahead of her.

As we finished cleaning up the table Sabrina suddenly proclaimed, “I have to find Nick.”

Nick is her 15-year old brother.

“I have to teach him his colors. This is important!”

Yes, Sabrina, its definitely important to know your colors. And it is especially important for art students to know their colors as well.

The better we know our colors, the better our paintings. The more alive our paintings will become with fresh, vibrant colors.

And best of all, even though our learning of colors may not be quite as delicious as Sabrina’s experience, its just as easy.

We have just two sets left.

Act Now!

“I’m Back” From Florida And Just Have To Update You!

Posted in News at 12:37 AM by Darrell Crow

Dear %$firstname$%,

I got back from a delightdful week visiting my sister in Florida and thought I’d better get this note to you right away.

This is just a quick update of the DVD series we have remaining in inventory. Once the following are sold, that’s it for DVDs. You can order any of the following at http://www.darrellcrow.com

The Basic Techniques of Oil Painting: 11 Sets

The Basic Techniques of Acrylic Painting: 5 Sets

The Basic Techniques Water Mixable Oils: 2 Sets

The Basic Techniques of Flowers: 5 Sets

The Basic Techniques of Seascapes: 5 Sets

SOLD OUT The Basic Techniques of Painting Tall Ships

SOLD OUT The Basic Techniques of Painting Wildlife

Basic Techniques of Pop Art: 8 Sets!

Learn To Paint From Photographs: 6 Sets

The Basic Techniques of Color Mixing: 2 Sets

Learn To Teach Kids To Paint: 7 Sets

The next two sets most likely to be sold out are The Basic Techniques of Water Mixable Oils and the Basic Techniques of Color Mixing.

But as you can see above EVERYTHING is down to just A FEW SETS.

Now would be the time to act to claim your set. If you have ANY problems with any of the links immediately go to http://www.darrellcrow.com and order there.

Just a word about my grand-daughter’s involvement in the creation of the video series on the Basic Techniques of Color Mixing.

My grand-daughter Sabrina really helped me out in testing (or was it tasting) the color mixing theory. And it all began with cupcake icing.

Cupcakes?

Icing?

Theory of Color Mixing…?

Darrell has definitely been spending way too much time on the treadmill lately.

Seriously……

A couple of years ago I received an urgent call from my grand-daughter, Sabrina, inviting me to please come over and help her with her homework.

Seems she wasn’t doing well in Art. And her teacher felt that if her artist Pop-Pop could teach her colors, that would be quite a big help to her academic future.

Heaven forbid that her academic future be endangered.

I dropped everything and headed out the door. Stopping only for a few items at the grocery store I arrived at her house, spread the supplies on the table and began our lesson.

At the grocery store, I’d bought red, blue, yellow, white, and black cake icing. I had also purchased a dozen mini-cupcakes, napkins and a dozen large paper plates.

Spreading the items on the kitchen table I couldn’t help but watch her fascinated eyes get large in great anticipation as she inspected everything.

I began by asking how many colors are in the whole, wide world. She felt that there was definitely over a hundred and that every one of them was different.

I explained that she was right and in fact no-one really knows exactly how many there are. However there are only three primary colors in the whole wide world. That was because no other colors could make them.

With great relish I had Sabrina cover three mini-cupcakes with icing. One yellow which we placed on a round paper plate at the 12 o’clock position. A red one at 8 o’clock and a blue one at 4 o’clock.

“Now can we eat them, PopPop?”

“Nope. We’ve got more colors to mix.”

Sabrina looked all over for others colors and couldn’t find them.

So I showed her how to mix the primary colors to form a secondary color. As she saw the cake icing turn orange or green or purple, she quickly named them and screamed with delight. By now she was well into the exercise. We soon had a purple mini-cupcake at 6 o’clock, a green mini-cupcake at 2 o’clock and an orange mini-cupcake at 10 o’clock.

“Now can we eat them, PopPop?”

“Nope. We’ve got more colors to mix.”

This time Sabrina knew what to do. We quickly mixed up all of the intermediate colors and soon had 12 different colored cupcakes in a circle on the plate. I was able to teach Sabrina about complements, that cold colors went from 12 o’clock to 6 o’clock and that warm colors went from 6 o’clock to 12 o’clock.

We saw how to make each of the 12 colors lighter or darker with white and black icing.

We finally came to the moment Sabrina had long anticipated.

Someone had to eat all those mini-cupcakes.

So she tackled the primary colors, letting her mother help her. Secondary and Intermediate cupcakes would be included in her school lunches. For the next several days, Sabrina had some serious work ahead of her.

As we finished cleaning up the table Sabrina suddenly proclaimed, “I have to find Nick.”

Nick is her 15-year old brother.

“I have to teach him his colors. This is important!”

Yes, Sabrina, its definitely important to know your colors. And it is especially important for art students to know their colors as well.

The better we know our colors, the better our paintings. The more alive our paintings will become with fresh, vibrant colors.

And best of all, even though our learning of colors may not be quite as delicious as Sabrina’s experience, its just as easy.

We have just two sets left.

Act Now!

11.09.14

Arthur And Denise Are Responsible For Me Becoming An International Art Instructor

Posted in News at 1:04 AM by Darrell Crow

That’s right.

It’s Arthur & Denise’s fault that today I am an International Art Instructor.

The story begins with Arthur,

Arthur is a student I’ll remember the rest of my life.

A retired, merchant marine who wanted to learn to oil paint.

He became a student at the age of 71. He wanted to learn.

He wasn’t convinced that he could paint a painting anyone would want to hang on their walls. But his heart wanted to paint real bad. He never missed a class for the next 6 years. His daughter drove him to the first class. And every class for the following 6 years. She’d bring his supplies in, set them down on the table and asked him when she should return.

Each class day, he would take home his painting and call me days later to tell me what his wife thought of the painting and we’d chat a bit.

One afternoo, his wife called. Arthur had died the night before.

Arthur wouldn’t be coming to class anymore.

I was invited to the funeral. I felt a sharp loss. A good friend had passed on. When I walked into the funeral parlor, I was blown away.

Lined up on two sides of the funeral home, on bronze easels, were nearly three dozen framed paintings by Arthur. Each had a name of a grandchild who was to receive the painting.

His wife quickly moved to greet me.

She introduced me to every family member that day as the man who taught Arthur to paint. I was the one she was indebted to for the passion Art had enjoyed for the past decade.

I tried to explain that it was Arthur’s passion that drove him.

She ignored me and introduced me to the next family member. She was very proud of her husband’s paintings.

I never saw more beautiful paintings.

How glorious. How awesome. How grand they looked all along the wall.

And they all pointed toward Arthur.

The reverend talked of Arthur. His life as a father, as a husband, as a member of the church, as a retired merchant marine. But he called Arthur an artist!

He spoke of the beauty of his paintings, the passion by which he’d painted and how Arthur was now with the master Artist, the Creator of the greatest landscapes and seascapes.

I walked away humbled.

Very humbled. Resolved, as well.a haircut.

More than ever, I was resolved that anyone who wanted to learn to oil paint, would have the best instructions. To be guided step-by-step. To have fun. To learn. To have their worked admired. Right from their very first painting. Best of all, no talent necessary. No experience necessary.

Then I met Denise who became a student.

She was a traveling barber, cutting hair of clients who were unable to leave their homes for a haircut.

One day she says “Darrell, I want to take you home with me!

Silence.

A very lonng silence.

“Do you know why, Darrell”, she said after the long pause.

“Denise, I don’t …….”

“Darrell,I want to take you home with me, put you on my bookshelf. And whenever I get ready to paint at home, I want to take you off the bookcase, set you down next to me and just have you personally teach me, guide me, instruct me .”

I thought about Denise’s suggestion.In fact I thought about it a lot,

I planned a series of videos out with Denise, and that series is what we call today, The Basic Techniques of Oil Painting.

I evven redid the series for The Basic Techniques of Acrylic Painting,

And the series of the Basic Techniques of Painting With Water-Mixable Oils.

The series was a hit.

I wish I had counted the number of people who had learned to paint using this The Basic Techting niques of Pseries on DVDs, but they number in the 100s of thousands of students.

What helps them learn from this series of video art lessons.Re

It’s the teaching.

Read a couple of letters I’ve recently received ….

Hello Darrell,
I would like to thank you very, very, much for the fine work that you are
doing. I am so glad that I have order the first set of dvds from
you. You have simplified everthing.
Before, I didnt know what I was doing. Now, I look forward to painting. I am
so blessed and lucky to discover your website.

Thank you Darrell
Ingrid.

Hi Darrell,

I have never ever painted with oils before.. And have only painted with acrylic for four weeks.. Can’t draw and was getting very disheartened.. Then I got your lessons.. My husband just walked in the door and was truly astonished with my steps 2-5.. I’m so happy.. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

Tania

Darrell

I enrolled in your Paint Club over a year ago but did not view the lessons that much until recently. When I did, I could not believe my good fortune. I have been painting for about 5 years using various artist’s DVDs and learned a lot but I could not duplicate what I was watching to my satisfaction. The reason for that is that the “teaching” part of the DVDs was so minimal that I couldn’t progress.

What I appreciated so much in your techniques videos is that you not only teach but you show every detail that is needed to learn. Just the fact that you show your palette up close so I can learn all the ways to mix paint and most importantly, how to load the brushes. You not only teach all of it but you tell us why it matters. I just wanted you to know how much I love these lessons. I can’t find enough time in the day to view more. This is the very best investment I have ever made on my road to becoming a good painter. Thank you so much.

By the way, I am 76 so that proves you are never too old to learn.

ElaineBasic Tec

I could go on and show you thousands of letters we’ve received from students who are loving our lessons, learning to paint, and shocking friends and family with their new gift.

I would encourage anyone who loves learning by DVD to seriously consider acquiring our Basic Techniques of Oil Painting right away….

Here’s why ….

Beginning December 1, 2014 we are discontinuing our entire line of art instructional DVDs.

That’s just 29 days from now.

After December 1, 2014 we will only make our art instructional videos available for on-line and mobile platforms.

So, between now and December 1, 2014 I am strongly urging all of our DVD fans to order their art lessons of their choice.

Once our current inventory is gone, that’s it. No more DVDs.

Here’s our current inventory level
•The Basic Techniques of Oil Painting: 32 Sets
•The Basic Techniques of Acrylic Painting: 29 Sets
•The Basic Techniques Water Mixable Oils: 14 Sets
•The Basic Techniques of Flowers: 14 Sets
•The Basic Techniques of Tall Ships: 8 Sets
•The Basic Techniques of Seascapes: 7 Sets
•The Basic Techniques of Wildlife: SOLDOUT
•The Basic Techniques of Color Mixing: 6 Sets
•Learn To Paint From Photographs: 12 Sets
•Learn To Teach Kids To Paint: 11 Sets
•Basic Techniques of Pop Art: 12 Sets

I’ve listed all of our series of art painting technique videos below for your review. Below this list is a web-link that will take you to our over 100 individual painting projects.

For those who love DVDs and want to continue to have their art video lessons on DVDs, you will need to act fast. If you have problems with any of the links below, simply go to http://www.darrellcrow.com as the links are dulicated there as well.

The Basic Techniques of Oil Painting Only 32 Sets left!

The Basic Techniques of Acrylic Painting Only 29 Sets left!

The Basic Techniques of Water-Mixable Oil Painting Only 14 Sets left!

The Basic Techniques of Painting Flowers Only 14 Sets left!

The Basic Techniques of Painting Seascapes Only 7 Sets left!

The Basic Techniques of Painting Tall Ships Only 8 Sets

The Basic Techniques of Painting Wildlife SOLD OUT

The Basic Techniques of Painting Pop Art Only 12 Sets left!

The Basic Techniques of Painting From Photographs Only 12 Sets left!

The Basic Techniques of Color Mixing Only 6 Sets left!

How To Teach Kids To Paint Only 11 Sets left!

Our full line of DVDs at http:///www.darrellcrow.com are available until November 30, 2014 or when our current inventory is depleted. November 30, will get here far too quickly, so act now.

If you have problems with any of the links below, simply go to http://www.darrellcrow.com as the links are dulicated there as well.

TOMORROW I AM GOING TO SHARE A LITTLE DELIGHTFUL STORY ABOUT MY SISTER AND I WHILE WE WERE GROWING UP!

11.02.14

November: End Of The Line For DVDs

Posted in News at 8:39 PM by Darrell Crow

NOVEMBER IS THE FINAL MONTH TO PURCHASE OUR VIDEO ART LESSSONS ON DVD.

Beginning December 1, 2014 we are discontinuing our entire line of art instructional DVDs.

That’s just 29 days from now.

After December 1, 2014 we will only make our art instructional videos available for on-line and mobile platforms.

So, between now and December 1, 2014 I am strongly urging all of our DVD fans to order their art lessons of their choice.

Once our current inventory is gone, that’s it. No more DVDs.

Here’s our current inventory level

  • The Basic Techniques of Oil Painting: 83 Sets
  • The Basic Techniques of Acrylic Painting: 61 Sets
  • The Basic Techniques Water Mixable Oils: 23 Sets
  • The Basic Techniques of Flowers: 18 Sets
  • The Basic Techniques of Tall Ships: 14 Sets
  • The Basic Techniques of Seascapes: 9 Sets
  • The Basic Techniques of Wildlife: 17 Sets
  • The Basic Techniques of Color Mixing: 8 Sets
  • Learn To Paint From Photographs: 16 Sets
  • Learn To Teach Kids To Paint: 13 Sets
  • Basic Techniques of Pop Art: 22 Sets

I’ve listed all of our series of art painting technique videos below for your review. Below this list is a web-link that will take you to our over 100 individual painting projects.

For those who love DVDs and want to continue to have their art video lessons on DVDs, you will need to act fast.

The Basic Techniques of Oil Painting Only 83 Sets left!

The Basic Techniques of Acrylic Painting Only 61 Sets left!

The Basic Techniques of Water-Mixable Oil Painting Only 23 Sets left!

The Basic Techniques of Painting Flowers Only 18 Sets left!

The Basic Techniques of Painting Seascapes Only 14 Sets left!

The Basic Techniques of Painting Tall Ships Only 9 Sets

The Basic Techniques of Painting Wildlife Only 17 Sets

The Basic Techniques of Painting Pop Art Only 8 Sets left!

The Basic Techniques of Painting From Photographs Only 16 Sets left!

The Basic Techniques of Color Mixing Only 13 Sets left!

How To Teach Kids To Paint Only 22 Sets left!

Individual Painting Projects Over 100 Projects that anyone can paint even if they’ve never held a paint brush before.

DVD sales have been drastically dropping industry-wide for the past 24-months and new internet/mobile advancements have been rapidly increasing during this same period. So I’ve made the decision to retire the DVD delivery system and move on to the direct digital delivery systems. But I wanted to give each of you one last opportunity to acquire our art lessons on DVD.

We will support all on-line delivery models that are popular and prolific. We’re committed to helping everyone learn to paint.

Our full line of DVDs at http:///www.darrellcrow.com are available until November 30, 2014 or when our current inventory is depleted. November 30, will get here far too quickly, so act now.

 

08.01.14

Artists & Copyright Issues

Posted in News at 1:17 PM by Darrell Crow

07.20.14

What’s The Difference Between Refined Linseed Oil & Boiled Linseed Oil?

Posted in News at 9:31 PM by Darrell Crow

07.12.14

What’s The Difference Between Stand Oil And Refined Linseed Oil?

Posted in News at 9:25 AM by Darrell Crow

I recently received an email from one of my students asking the above question.

In fact, here is her actual question ….

Darrell,

I have been experiencing a big learning curve with water mixable paints.
One of the item that was recommended with the water mixable is linseed oil. I went to my local art store and they suggested stand oil (water mixable)Winsor and Newton Artisan. As I read the purpose for the oil, I called the local art store and asked if they could explain linseed oil versus stand oil, and believe it or not, they could not tell me. I went to a couple of artists and they didn’t “get it” either. Can you please explain to me the difference between Stand oil and linseed oil. Which one do I use and would I have an opportunity to use stand oil in my water mixable paint? I watched your video and you mentioned Linseed oil. I am so confused, especially since I am new to oil painting.

Thanks for your help!

Miriam,

Medium is used to allow paints to easily spread onto a painting surface and to assist the layering of paints on top of each other while both layers are wet

Hence the rules: Thick paints sticks to thin paints and thin paints stick to thick paints. Opposites attracts.

Stand oil is thicker linseed oil than refined linseed oil.

Mediums are built to stay wet longer (fat medium) or to dry faster (lean medium). Stand oil is a lot ‘fatter’ than refined linseed oil ‘thinner’.

Some artists propose a method of painting whereby they layer different densities of medium onto the canvas as they work toward completion. They traditionally begin wetting the canvas with a very fat medium and they add layers of paint with thinner and thinner layers of medium.

In essence this is what I do, but with one exception.. I use only one consistency of medium (lean 5:1) and as I layer paints on top of paints I thin the paints with even more of the same medium. This thins our the ‘paints’ even further.

When we use a ‘fat’ medium like the Bob Ross Liquid White or the Bill Alexander Magic White, these are ‘fat’ mediums designed to keep the painting wet throughout the entire painting process. These styles continue using the fat mediums to thin the paints even more so one can layer thinner paints on top of the existing layer.

My formulae of 5 parts odorless turp to 1 part refined linseed oil is a thin medium. The canvas is wet for about a day and within a couple of days totally dry.

Now, with this understanding in mind, let’s address the Water-Mixable equation.

Traditional linseed oil or stand oil will not mix with water and subsequently is not a good choice for water mixable oils. What does work is a variant of linseed oil whose chemical structure has been altered to mix with water. Such bottles of linseed oil are labeled in some degree as “Modified Linseed Oil for Water Miscible Paints”.

This is what you really want. Pure use of this linseed oil is ‘fat’ and becomes thinner as water is mixed with the WO linseed oil.

The principle remains the same.

I hope this quick explanations helps.

Darrell

Miriam

06.19.14

How Do You Keep Lines From Disappearing ….

Posted in Products at 7:28 PM by Darrell Crow

I received the following question that I believe many of you have asked me concerning patterns.

“Darrell, I recently signed on for your lifetime art school membership. I am enjoying the videos a lot and want to thank you for making everything so understandable.
One question I have is in regards to putting a pattern on a canvas. How do you keep the lines from disappearing on you? Do you use a spray to fix them in place? I have done that in the past but would like to avoid sprays as much as I can so if there is another method, I would be very interested.”

This is a question I must be asked twice a week. I pretty much use patterns for pets, wildlife, tall ships. The process I go through in painting these subjects allows me to first base coat within the lines and then I build layers of color upon color while keeping within the area of the patterns. I rely on the pattern AND the finished photo. The pattern is the starting point, the photo is the ending point.

I do not ever use sprays to fix the lines in place. I want my lines to disappear as I go forward in the painting.

Darrell

05.27.14

Kevin Hill Workshop Scheduled August 24-27 in Massachusetts

Posted in News at 11:59 AM by Darrell Crow



I am hosting Kevin Hill for a four day workshop beginning August 24, 2014. Full Details are at our home page: http://www.darrellcrow.com Here are the class projects. August 24, 2014. 

All supplies will be provided except for brushes and canvas.  So you do not have to bring paints, mediums, paper towels, etc…  All you need to do bring are canvas. brushes and lots of enthusiasm.

And we’ll even have Kevin’s new line of brushes available, as well as canvas on hand.

This is an incredible opportunity and I don’t dare want you to miss it.  Just look at these stunning paintings you’ll take home with you after only four days.  Imagine the response when you return home.

Don’t delay, call Darrell today at 508 966-2247 to reserve your spot….. and we have 3 more spots left for anyone to stay at the cottage for the week.  Call me now.

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05.12.14

Granddaughter Illustrates painting cartoon characters.

Posted in News at 3:00 PM by Darrell Crow

Hope you enjoy this. Let Sabrina know how well she did……. or didn’t do.

For those wondering … she’s 11 years old.

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