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Sunday, May 04, 2008
  new painting; a question
This is a medium-sized painting, 44"x24" with some very delicate textures. I don't have a title yet..the white panel reminds me of something fragile, a shell maybe.

Two promotional projects that I have mentioned in the past are almost finished. One is a small book about my work, self-published on Blurb.com. This has been rather long in the making, because most of the photos in my proof copy were too light. I have since gotten a lovely new monitor and blame all previous photo problems on my old murky screen. I uploaded the improved version tonight and my new draft copy will arrive in a week or so. This is the cover:



The other project is a short video about my work that was requested by my Santa Fe gallery. It will be shown with videos from all other artists they represent in a continuously running loop in the gallery. My friend Wade Britzius is producing this video for me, and I saw his rough draft over the weekend. Once I got over the shock of seeing and hearing myself on the screen (ratty studio clothes and all) I decided that it is very good. Wade has done a great job of editing several hours of video and honing in on the essence of what I would like to convey about my work.

Now for my question: does anyone know how to go about posting the video on this blog or on my website? At this point the video is a bit too long to use the You Tube option...that site has a ten minute limit and my video is about twelve. I can't figure out any way to save what is on the DVD disc to my computer. If anyone has the answer to this please post a comment or email me at crowellart@yahoo.com...thanks!
 
Comments:
Interesting.......
 
First, there is no easy way to get video off of a DVD and into a regular computer format (like MP4 or MOV). The simplest thing to do would be to ask your friend to save it as one of these formats for you. If he can't there's software out there to do it: the program for the Mac is called Handbrake

To get it on YouTube, the easiest thing to do would be to split it into two parts. Then make sure when you upload them, you name them very obviously "part 1 of 2". Again, the simplest thing to do might be to ask your friend to do it, since he has the raw video project.

Hope this helps.
 
Yes, it is very helpful! Thank you very much. I will pass this info along to my video guy.
 
Hi Rebecca,
I love the cover of the book! Congratulations - can't wait to pick up a copy at your Santa Fe show.
I like what you're doing re: the 2 center panels in the last 2 paintings. It's a very minimalist and sophisticated concept to have the center panels be so close in value and color. I'm very interested in this new idea that you've brought into your work.
 
Thanks Diane, for your comments. I have to admit that the new idea you have noticed hadn't made it to my left brain before your observation! Like so much in my work it was an intuitive choice. Now I have a new insight and a more awareness in moving forward.

When I think about it, this is actually similar to a shift that has happened in my Vertical paintings over time--now I tend to use several panels that are very close in color and value, whereas the original series was more diverse in color. I came to realize that this unifies the piece while adding subtlety--but not until a friend pointed it out to me after noticing this trend in my work--that's why we need other people's eyes I guess. Thanks!
 
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