- Watch carefully! Review by Keen eye
Well, I'm not a floral painter, but I've really enjoyed watching all of Joyce's watercolor videos on ArtistsNetwork.TV (in my 6-month, all-media subscription), plus those done with her colleague, Guy M., whose approach is quite different than Joyce's. So, I disagree with a couple of the negative reviews here. Some obvious editing must be done in order to get two large, detailed floral painting demos of the size these originals were into a single DVD. However, very little substance is missing or omitted in the content and techniques presented in these watercolor demonstrations--if you watch carefully! And what is one artist's "creative process" may not be another's.
Joyce obviously uses a limited palette of well-chosen colors and understands the characteristics of the pigments she's using, and how to mix them in a variety of ways (including water-to-pigment ratios, which defies most beginners) to achieve the subtle, beautiful effects she gets. She demonstrates when and how to vary her edges (hard and soft). The many close-ups show how she skillfully manipulates and uses her brushes, and how to drop in and mingle colors vs. mixing them to death on the palette. And, she demonstrates how to glaze value differences and different colors in layers from darkest to lightest (a reverse method in watercolor in the Iris demo) without lifting or disturbing the initial layers underneath. And she does all of this with warmth, enthusiasm, encouragement, and delights in helping the viewer see what the paint can do on its own without overworking it. When I watched her DVDs, the reference materials were posted.
Personally, I'd never want to literally "paint along" with someone else using their outlined drawing as a resource, nor would I even want to teach elementary students to learn to paint this way, either. I'd first want them to see and appreciate the magic of watercolor as a medium, and to not be afraid of trying it.
As adult learners, so much can be learned simply by closely observing another artist at work. I'd prefer to watch how someone paints, how they handle their brushes and paint, and how the paint behaves in close-ups that the camera work affords us that can't be seen close up if we were in a live classroom or workshop. I enjoy listening to the artist's process, thinking out loud, and decision-making as they paint, as well as their expressed delight in what the paint can do as a medium. Then, I like to try some of those same techniques myself using my own reference material or subject matter.
So, on this score alone, Joyce's demos are relaxed, inviting, very instructive, and chocked full of variety of techniques one can learn to do in watercolor to get better results--no matter the subject. To me, nothing was "left out" or lacking in this video/DVD comparing two approaches in watercolor: painting dark to light, and light to dark; and using glazed layers to achieve strong value differences or mingling colors directly on the paper.
(Posted on 9/8/12)
- References Are Available! Review by Jennifer Lepore
You can find photo reference and line drawings for each of the flower demonstrations at www.artistsnetwork.tv: https://artistsnetwork.tv/p-244-watercolor-quick-easy-with-joyce-faulknor-flowers.aspx. Enjoy!
(Posted on 4/28/11)
- Waste of time... Review by Jan Davis
I have purchased many art instruction DVDs and this is the absolute worst. Joyce only shows you little snippets of what she's doing and then all of a sudden her picture is half done. Then another little snippet and then bam! Another big section done again. It is more of an exhibition in her painting skills rather than an instructional DVD. I almost ordered all of hers and glad I did not. Joyce Faulknor is a wonderful artist and could have shared so much, but just did not in this DVD. I did enjoy watching her paint, though... but I thought I was getting a step by step instructional DVD. Wish I hadn't wasted $25 bucks... I'm sure there are no refunds on these DVDs.
(Posted on 3/27/11)
- creative process Review by Laura
Joyce's 'quick & easy' philosophy does 'get it done'- but where's the creative process? Artists create art. Quick & easy is just formula painting. Joyce is omitting a key element from her teaching.
(Posted on 3/27/11)
- Susan Review by Susan Baker
I love Joyce's warm and enjoyable teaching style and know my painting skills will grow using her techniques. However, the video was promoted saying, Follow along . . . You'll paint two flowers using unique approaches BUT did not provide either an online source or hard copy of the drawings or reference photos. That would have allowed us to truly paint along with Joyce.
(Posted on 1/16/11)