Have you ever bought a Painting DVD? I've bought a few but am often deterred by the full price - and tend to prefer buying via Amazon. I've bought more videos in my time and am wondering which of these I would be prepared to upgrade to a DVD.
The problem as ever with some of them seems to be the DVD region codes and the flexibility with which videos and DVDs travel across continents - which means many great UK art DVDs don't get listed in the UK and vice versa we don't tend to see DVDs produced outside Europe.
I wonder when the people who publish art instruction DVDs are going to realise that they'd sell a lot more if they made the region code 'all' or don't set a region flag at all. DVD is not like video - we can actually all play it on computers etc which are also made worldwide!
There's also a lot of great art videos which have not yet made the journey to DVD. You'd think that this has got to be cheaper than producing new ones!
The question this month is Have you bought a painting DVD? The possible responses are:
- Yes - in the last 12 months
- Yes - but NOT in the last 12 months
- No - too expensive
- No - can't find any I want to buy
- No - region code issues
- No - prefer artists' free instruction videos
The poll closes early on 31st May and the results will be posted later the same day.
For the record - here are a few of my favourite videos and DVDs
- David Hockney: A Bigger Picture. (region code 0)
- A Vision Of Venice: Oils : Ken Howard RA : DVD
- A Vision Of Venice: Watercolour : Ken Howard RA : DVD
- Learn to Paint Flowers in Pastel - Jackie Simmonds
I also love anything by Charles Reid - but I've only got videos and wouldn't rush out to replace them now I'm more oriented towards dry media.
One of my very favourite painting videos which would certainly go out and buy again on DVD is A Brush With Sewell in which three artists Johnny Jonas, John Ward RA and Michael Reynolds created three portraits of Brian Sewell - while talking about creating portraits. It's one of the best ever videos I've seen. Two of those artists have since died so it's only ever going to reappear on DVD if somebody's got the master tape! I can't even give you a link to it as it's totally disappeared off the Internet. Please can somebody reissue this!
As well as responding to the poll, please also tell me what's your favourite art/painting DVD and/or video