by Janet Glatz
The gorgeous oil painting below is by Daniel Edmondson, who offers instruction on video. He is just one of hundreds of great and not so great artists peddling their expertise on Youtube.
Speaking personally, this artist knows fully well that she still has a lot to learn, and always will. Now, thanks to the good old internet, it's easy to find another artist a few ticks up on the proficiency ladder from which to gain invaluable knowledge and expertise.
Don't get me wrong; it's not easy, because while watching a video it's hard to paint at the same time. Can't ask any questions either! But what I do is pick a certain technique or stroke, or light and shadow treatment and practice it on watercolor paper. That way you don't waste canvas.
That being said, I can't stress enough how invigorating and inspirational watching a master painter can be. Here's a quick taste:
Some videos are free, others are not; this has no bearing on quality. Choose what moves you to paint and to advance your skills. Then practice, practice, practice!!!