Wednesday, April 9, 2014

165 Great opportunity

I was recently contacted by Gbox–a new video streaming provider. They wanted me to create  unique video content for their new venture. They offered me a fantastic royalty arrangement and an opportunity to generate funds for the Thick Paint project. Everyone who registers with them will receive three dollars worth of credit. My video is being offered for $.99 and I hope you will avail yourselves of his chance to watch what I hope will be a rewarding video and at the same time help push the Thick Paint project forward. Note that when you hit the buy now button a dialog box appears at the right. Type in your email and name and you should have $3 added to you account even though it says you don't have funds. Just hit the play button and it should play without you adding any funds.  Many thanks for your support! Let me know what you think of this new service.



PREFACE TO THE VIDEO

The video is about painting from the imagination but also about getting things right. If you can see the painting in your minds eye you can paint it. But sometimes it is difficult to bring that internal vision into focus. This abstract painting was done as a type of color study–I think of it as a guide to keep my memory on track.

Brad Teare April 2014


18 comments:

  1. Thanks for this great opportunity, it was an awesome learning time for me. Now I cant wait to further experiment on what I created recently and which I thought were failures. It gave me a new perspective about my learning, thanks again Brad.

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    1. You're very welcome, Padmaja. I'm glad you found it of value. Thanks so much for giving Gbox a try and helping the Thick Paint project!

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  2. Nice vid Brad thanks! Since I'm going to start painting outside this year, I'm really looking forward to your series on Plein Air.

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  3. I went to the gbox site but came away scratching my head. The information seems intangible, nothing specific was given, just how one can sign up for a new way of sharing and making money but no specifics. The "test drive" of how it works was just another statement of what they promise. I don't get it. I've been very attuned to your journey through thick paint into the marketing world, as I'm in the same boat, exploring possible paths to take that will help get my work shown and hopefully sell something now and then. But I could not make a connection with gbox and how exactly they go about facilitating this. I give you and them the benefit of the doubt because I'm definitely not a computer savvy fella and a lot of the technical and program language flies by me. I was hoping for a clear example of what gbox does, but am still mystified.

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    1. I will check on this and add a step-by-step to clarify the process. Thanks for the feedback! I really appreciate knowing this.

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    2. I was a little confused at first also, but then I noticed that after signing up all I had to do was play the vid from your blog. Simple really, at first I thought there would be a separate page or something. If you think of it as as just another imbedded vid like a YouTube vid then it is simple.

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    3. Hi, I’m writing from the Gbox team. Thanks for letting us know your concerns, it's very helpful to us! We're a growing startup company in Silicon Valley, and we're really committed to helping new users like you get the most out of the Gbox experience. As Brad mentioned, Gbox gives video creators like him a great way to share his videos with his viewers for a small fee, which Brad can then share with meaningful projects like the Thick Paint project. Without Gbox, the options for video owners like Brad to generate income are very limited today. Sites like YouTube can be good for hosting videos, but it’s hard for content creators like Brad to generate income that can help support projects like the Thick Paint project. So that’s the big idea behind our product-- we want to give content creators a better way to distribute their videos.

      In terms of the signup process, we’re working to make it really simple. Thanks for your patience, we’re refining the process every day. As Louie mentioned above, you just need to click the link and register. Even better, we’ll give you $3 of *free credits* to watch videos in the Gbox network (including the $0.99 video hosted on Brad’s site). So, after signing up with Gbox, just click the video link on Brad’s page and you’ll be given automatic access to-- and to future videos offered by Brad. Please give it a try now and let us know your comments. And if you have any suggestions for improvement, we’d love to hear from you. Just send us an email at info@gbox.com and we’ll respond promptly. Thanks so much again for trying Gbox and for supporting Brad, he’s one of our first content creators in the Gbox network, and we’re excited to be partners with him.

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  4. ok now that is a way to start your day. Painting can crazy in so many ways yet with the direction you provided it becomes fun again...experiments, ncie thinking. I was at the coast yesterday and things were just not working so I started just using up my paint the "Thick Paint WAY" what fun it was...completely lost track of time. When I returned to the "painting" i had a full pallet of color to use from my "thick paint" experiment yet as it turned out the experiment became the picture and the picture became the experiment....Good on You Mr. Teare you are on to something here...keep keeping on, one experiment after another. Thank you.

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    1. That's fantastic, JIm. No failures from now on. Once I realized that the so-called failures–laying down the wrong color paint–were actually what contributed to the future layers looking great it gave a whole new perspective. I guess you could say that "failure"–which I now call experimentation– is an important part of my process.

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  5. I'll give gbox another whirl soon, as it does sound intriguing, and more importantly, honest. I don't envision myself making videos, I can barely do this. But I love watching them and wish to participate in the process. Brad, your upcoming series of "in the field" work is vital to me right now, as I am making every effort to paint landscapes plein air, even though landscapres are only one aspect of painting , I long to do figure work also, it seems that the days of painting people and models is losing ground fast in favor of working outdoors painting nature. But I'd like to get better at plein air painting so it's the major focus now. I just spent 3 full days lugging too much painting equipment down a steep hillside to a river nearby and trying to capture the beautiful scene. There are so many problems, the physical part is daunting for an old guy like me, but the technical issues abound as well. The changing light is a notorious concern for outdoor artists, but I find that even more crucial is how the light outside affects the colors of a painting which looks totally different when it's brought back into the home. It seems that there are a lot of compensations to be made in terms of color temperature, sort of like tricking the eye stuff. What seems like a warm hillside on location now has a acidic yellow look when the picture is in my living room. Very frustrating and a bit depressing. Another serious concern for me is how much 'touching up' to do on a picture after it's brought back to the studio. I have a tendency to paint the life right out of a picture when I get it back home in an attempt to 'fix' the glaring faults. So I'll be very interested in seeing what you do and say about painting in the field. Thanks for all your effort in this Brad, it's much appreciated.

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    1. Sorry I haven't gotten around to doing more videos. I will get to them eventually. Thanks for your comment.

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  6. The Gbox idea sounds promising Brad. I hope it will help you to not only generate some funds but also widen your audience.

    The video was enjoyable to watch and helpful as always. Loved the bold colors and your rendering of the foreground. Looking forward to more of your videos on Gbox.

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    1. Thanks Richard, I really do appreciate the support.

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  7. Brad, I'm looking foward for your next videos. Please, keep us informed.

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    1. Will do, Oswaldo. Thanks for staying in touch.

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  8. Brad, I think the Gbox experiment is a good one and hope you'll pass on how it goes for Thick Paint. I've been following your blog and watching your videos for over a year now and as someone new to painting find the information to be very helpful. Even though I am working in acrylics, you pass on tons of useful info that I can apply.

    Like any new artist I often ask lots of questions about how to get work out there, how to find my style, how to (fill in the blank) and I go to lots of online sources looking for answers and inspiration. Over the past year Think Paint has grown to become one of my favorite places. Advice like "build on your idiosyncracies" really resonates. I think your authenticity is what has made me a fan of your work and your blog. I love the thick paint approach to painting. I love many approaches to painting (unfortunately) and try many, but the thick paint style is one I will experiment with more.

    So thanks for this and I am looking forward to more. The plien air videos will be most welcome. And thanks for sharing.

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    1. Feel free to ask any question you like. I prefer to answer questions via the comments section as others often have the same questions. I will keep you informed as to how the Gbox experiment works. I'm enthused about it.

      Thanks for the kind words!

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