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One Minute Watercolor: Equestrian Statue

December 30, 2016

Every so often, as I find the time, I’ve been working on my video editing skills. Here’s a one minute short done as a test for an all-iOS workflow. This is shot on iPhone5 and edited in iMovie on the iPad pro. I’m looking forward to bringing video to what I’m doing here on the blog.

That’s all for now – enjoy, and have a great new years! – m

37 Comments leave one →
  1. December 30, 2016 5:38 PM


  2. Rene Wojcik permalink
    December 30, 2016 5:43 PM

    Well done! You are not getting started; you are there…

  3. December 30, 2016 5:54 PM

    We have known for a long time that you’ve got the eye for it. Well, now I know you’ve got the voice for it too. So, your test is a success! I have a question though. You weren’t talking at the same time as you were painting were you? That was an audio add on? or no . . .

    • December 30, 2016 5:57 PM

      That’s right John – the voice-over comes later. It’s hard enough to talk intelligently, never mind at the same time as painting :) Plus I have to edit out any ummms and ahs :) I’m using iMovie, and it’s quite simple really. You just dictate into the iPad while watching the video. Like doing a dvd commentary track :)

  4. Lynn Patten permalink
    December 30, 2016 5:57 PM

    Terrific – enjoyed your video very much.

  5. December 30, 2016 6:04 PM

    Love it, more please.. I love the way you leave tiny white parts of the paper.. my favortiet really gives your work depth and texture..

  6. December 30, 2016 6:12 PM

    fantastic and instructional as always, thanks Marc. I’d be encouraging you to do more because you have the voice for it and with your naturally generous way of teaching…. 100% watchable!

  7. pat permalink
    December 30, 2016 6:23 PM

    Yes! I like that you talk about watercolor, but just let the viewer observe your process….More please!

  8. Dena permalink
    December 30, 2016 6:44 PM

    Yes – more videos, please. I agree with the others, you have the artistic talent and voice to match!

    I would love to know what you used – did you sketch with a pencil first, or water soluble pen. As a beginner it’s tough for me to tell. :)

    I am specifically looking for the awesome color you used for the face, ‘cape’, and horse’s mane.

    • December 30, 2016 6:52 PM

      Hey Dena: Thanks for saying :) And your questions: The sketch is pencil – HB mechanical pencil. I think a 0.7mm in this case. Colors – That’s Perylene Green I think you’re asking about. It’s essentially a black, with a cool green undertone. Floats very well – one of my favorite colors! And I’m charging in DS Goethite – a fairly sedimentary yellow ocher alternative.

      • Dena permalink
        December 31, 2016 11:46 PM

        Thank you for the info on the paints and the brush. I believe Perylene Green will be my new favorite color as well, along with Goethite. Love the way you used these colors.

  9. December 30, 2016 6:48 PM

    I love this video!! Hearing you is a wonderful addition to your already wonderful blog!! I’m looking forward to more!! :)

  10. December 30, 2016 7:01 PM

    All I can say if. . .more, more, more of these! Watching your brush move is the best lesson.

  11. amats123 permalink
    December 30, 2016 7:26 PM

    Wonderful! Yes, more please :)

  12. mel permalink
    December 30, 2016 8:05 PM

    How can one minute be so inspiring! Thank you.

  13. December 30, 2016 8:46 PM

    Like watching magic.

  14. Tami permalink
    December 30, 2016 8:57 PM

    I concur with Susan, more, more and more! I too am just getting started with watercolor so hearing of you and others experiences and nuggets of helpful information that helped you are always welcomed. Thanks for sharing the pigments and brand of watercolor used.
    Question: I will go further and ask which paint brush did you use in the beginning with the black handle? Had such a nice tip on it and was springy. Keep up the great work!

    • Rita Cleary permalink
      December 30, 2016 9:11 PM

      I too am curious about the brush you”re using, Marc…beautiful pointy tip and flexible. Like magic in your hand….

      • December 30, 2016 9:57 PM

        Hey Rita – yes those Winsor and Newton Artist’s Watercolor Sable are great! I really like the Pointed Round. Has a much sharper point than the ‘normal’ round – but a bigger belly than the ‘rigger’, I find I can use them for even the tiniest details.

    • December 30, 2016 9:55 PM

      Hey Tami – that brush is a Winsor and Newton Artist’s Watercolor Sable, Pointed Round. It’s either a #7 or 8 – they’re very close in size, I can never tell them apart. For whatever reason, these are very affordable sable brushes. I think they must have a cheaper source of hair than the classic Kolinsky Sable used in the series 7 brushes.

  15. Pamela permalink
    December 30, 2016 9:44 PM

    Wonderful video – so well done. Exciting and inspiring.

  16. Rick Monaghan permalink
    December 30, 2016 9:44 PM

    Lovely. A clear description of the joy and challenge of material, skill, and subject.

  17. Mary Owen permalink
    December 31, 2016 12:07 AM

    Great job!

  18. lynne permalink
    December 31, 2016 12:57 AM

    well done! it’s great to watch you paint… i look forward to more. : )

  19. December 31, 2016 1:08 AM

    Delightful, lyrical, a worthy goal ……..thanks

  20. FIONA HAYES permalink
    December 31, 2016 1:57 AM

    This is a stunning example of your work, Marc! Thanks for sharing your video. Big love!

  21. vapeurpunk permalink
    December 31, 2016 5:58 AM

    So many thanks for all that you share Marc! This new format is amazing, especially your technique and materials, it is just perfect and fascinating. Please continue, I hope that these are easy to make for you, Happy New Year!

  22. Jennifer permalink
    December 31, 2016 8:15 AM

    I enjoy your work! Watching a video while you apply color makes me want to try watercolors again. It’s a shame I can’t draw! I can dye fabric, cut it up and make a quilt, but I just cannot draw!

  23. carolyn cochran permalink
    December 31, 2016 11:38 AM

    Wow! This was great!

  24. December 31, 2016 11:43 AM

    Amazing watercolor!

  25. Pam Johnson Brickell permalink
    December 31, 2016 12:58 PM

    Bravo, Marc!

  26. January 1, 2017 7:52 AM

    This was a wonderful surprise. This is so special. Thanks. I want to add that I think watercolor is the hardest media. I have used oil, acrylic, gauche and even egg tempera. I finally have the courage to stick with watercolor which has been due to the Craftsy classes by you and by Shari. And I have always wanted to do this.

  27. Christine Walker Bird permalink
    January 1, 2017 9:20 PM

    Thanks, Marc. This is really inspiring. It does so much in just a short time. And I love your comparison to playing an instrument. I’ve watched the video several times already and I know I’ll come back to it. Christine

  28. Babs permalink
    January 5, 2017 2:00 PM

    Fantastic short video, Marc. Keep them coming. And your voice – you could give Morgan Freeman a run for his money. Love it. Love the drawing too and thanks for the tip on the green paint. I’ll get some for sure.

  29. Jan W permalink
    January 6, 2017 11:34 AM

    This is inspiring. Show a lot in a short amount of time and makes you want to go grab your brush! Would like to see more.

  30. Larry G permalink
    January 7, 2017 12:23 PM

    Love your loose sketching style. Your comments re time at the computer prompts me to aks if you have tried digital sketching. I recently bought a new iPad and an Apple Pencil. I learned about the Procreate app, and am having a hard time letting it go, a bit like my grandson and his video wars. Any thoughts on digital sketching?

    • January 7, 2017 7:12 PM

      Hey Larry – I have done some digital sketches here and there – but not so much on location. (There’s one fundamental problem – screen glare when outside). But – I guess it’s like this. I *want* to like digital sketching – I love the convenience of every color under the rainbow, infinite undo, and the way the ink line is so fluid. But it’s still not quite there yet. I just get things I like better with watercolor or oils. My feeling is, the longer you spend on a digital painting the better it gets. So for illustration work, the stuff I’ve done that takes three days to do is always very satisfying. Digital makes me a better painter for sure. But the stuff that only takes 20 minutes isn’t even close to as fun/easy/successful as the traditional media. It doesn’t make me a better sketcher. I think if I stuck with it, I’d get over that? One day I’ll have to see if I can set aside a month to work on it every day :)

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