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Starting Art Special Edition
March 28, 2008

Issue #11 - March 2008

Hi,

Welcome to this special edition of Starting Art. Why is it special? We're releasing the Community site - well to a limited number of people at this stage (see below for details).

Bob.
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~ CONTENTS ~

1. Video Tutorial of the Month - Oil Painting Series (Part 1 & 2)

2. SPECIAL REQUEST: 20 Pioneers Needed to Test the New Community Site

3. And The Winner Is...




1. Video Tutorial of the Month - Oil Painting Series (Part 1 & 2)

This week's video tutorial is the first oil painting video I've added to the site. I was recently asked to paint a scene from the local golf course for the President who is retiring this month. I thought it would be useful to film the process and I've split it into 3 parts.

You can watch part 1 and 2 now (and remember videos are now downloadable if they tend to stop-start watching them online) and part 3 will be available to watch next issue:

Click here to see part 1...

Click here to see part 2...


2. SPECIAL REQUEST: 20 Pioneers Needed to Test the New Community Site

Hi there, Phil here (Bob's son)...

The Community site is almost ready for launch! I'm really excited about this because it takes the Visitor's Gallery to a completely new level...

Not only will you be able to request reviews and critiques of your work, you can create you own portfolio of pictures, converse with other like-minded people, participate in a super-supportive forum, enter monthly drawing and painting competitions and even start you own art group. It'll be a welcoming and thriving space for anyone who is interested in art as a hobby.

But before we launch I need your help...

Before anything like this is let loose on the world it must be thoroughly tested (in tech speak this is called' Beta Testing'). Very simply, we release it to a small group of people who use the site behind closed doors for a couple of weeks.

So... would you be willing to test the new How to Draw & Paint Community website?

We're looking for 20 pioneers - people who will visit the site over the next 3-4 weeks and report any bugs if there are any. These founding members are crucial to the community site's success - they will set the tone for new members making sure we create the most supportive and friendly environment possible.

It won't take a much of your time or energy to be a 'pioneer' but there are certain criteria to fill - to make it work. If this is something you're interested in, then please see the criteria and form below. This is only open to 20 people and it's on a first come, first served basis. If you miss out don't worry - the community site will be open to everyone in just a few weeks:

Click here to register your interest


3. And The Winner Is...

Last issue, we ran a competition for subscribers to choose their favourite colour scheme for the new site and the Community site. We have a clear favourite. It was colour scheme number 3 and you can see how it looks here.

We also selected an entry at random for the Dick Blick vouchers. Congratulations to Rosemary Lodge. Watch out for lots more competitions in future issue - I'll be running some drawing and painting competitions through the Community site as soon as we go live.


That's it for this issue. Best wishes and see you next issue.

Bob.

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