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I Launch a Patreon Site for Sketching and Painting Videos

December 18, 2019
On my Patreon subscription blog you’ll see me work with a variety of media. I’ll share my reasons for how I decide to work whether monochromatically or full color, and with what tools or media; in everything from simple sketches and paper choices to mixed media projects including the use of collage.

 

 

Today I’m launching Patreon/RozInterim, a subscription blog on which I’ll publish studio sketching, painting, and collage sessions and posts on creativity and process. You can click on the link to go and check it out. There are already 2 sample videos up which are public so you can see what I’m talking about. (See the video at the end of this post for an explanation of my Patreon site.)

This is the real-time version so you can get a sense of the timing of things. 

This is the sped-up or compressed time version that is available to people subscribing at the first Tier level—it’s designed for people who don’t want to spend time waiting for paint to dry, but do still want to see process.

December’s monthly videos for subscribers are also up. And I have some posts that will go up this week related to these videos.

You may recall that I wrote in the fall that I started taping my studio sketching sessions in an effort to look at how my process was changing since the cataract surgery. Now I’ve edited a bunch of them. If process is something that you’re interested in and you enjoy watching people paint I hope you’ll check them out.

I realize that subscription blogs aren’t for everyone. I will still be posting on RozWoundUp.com, though not three times a week. The situation with my eyes has changed my focus in almost every area of my life and it will take some time to sort all this out.

In the meantime the subscription blog enables me to stay in touch with students and readers to carry on a dialog about process.

About My Patreon Site

At the link given at the start of this post you’ll find the website and the three tier levels for subscribing explained. I’d like to take a moment to write a little more about what you’ll find there.

The sped up or condensed time version will be available for Tier 1 subscribers and will not have audio because of compression, and may or may not have callouts.

The real time sketch videos show me working in exactly that—real time. (I do edit out things like getting up to change rinse water, or time spent reaching for a new tube of paint.)

These videos will include callouts or a voiceover as I decide is necessary to augment your understanding of what is happening in the video. In some of the most recent videos, as I worked out issues with my microphone, I started to get quite chatty! 

Information included in the real-time videos might include pigment names, brush types and sizes, paper, material brands, and of course, some descriptions of why I am doing what I’m doing—why I’m making some creative choices.

One of the first things I noticed after cataract surgery (besides the obvious flare, glare, and clarity issues) was that I was sketching much more slowly than usual. A sketch that might have taken me 20 minutes before was taking me 40 or more minutes after surgery.

My speed has increased a bit in the past month, but is nothing like pre-surgery speeds. It depends on what style I wish to work in and the state of my eyes at sketching time. 

Most real time videos will be from 20 to 90 minutes. You’ll see the whole process from the blank piece of paper through to the finished scan.

For years I have been shifting my interest in painting to more and more interest in surface texture. That will continue as my approach loosens to accommodate my “new” eyes.

My goal is not to discuss the vision issues at length. (I’ll have a post about my vision on RozWoundUp in January—I just had some end-of-year posts up first.) My goal on Roz Interim is to share with you the path I take to find a way back to drawing after realizing I would never see in a certain way again.

For me what is important is that we keep responding to our environment. For me that means finding a way to conserve my “crisp” vision for necessary tasks and learn to sketch without crisp vision when that’s all that’s left. It also means learning to adapt to sketching when sketching brings on headaches; or doesn’t work in the fluid way it has my entire life. 

My students and readers know that “fun factor” in art making is important to me.

The reality is that post-surgery sketching has often not been fun. But I’ve kept sketching for a host of reasons. Most important was I didn’t want to waste time moping and hoping my vision would snap into place. I didn’t want to lose time trying to reconnect my brain, while waiting for the hope of a fix that might never come. (Update, it won’t come, this is permanent.)

I won’t be spending time writing or talking about headaches on the new site. I’ve made the conscious choice to spend my time sketching and drawing. I want to note changes in process as I adapt, and suggest approaches for you, whatever type of vision you have. 

The one of the posts published each month I’ll be looking the intentions I set, and the way I do or don’t follow through or some other aspect of process.

There won’t be whining. Roz Wound Up readers and students know that I don’t value whining or making excuses.  

Instead I will be sharing my discussions with my Editing Eye. I’ll be looking at specifics that can be changed, and discussing why I did or didn’t change them—that’s the type of dialog I believe we must all have internally every day of our creative lives. I believe that there are benefits in viewing someone having that discussion. Benefits that you can absorb and take back to make your own art practice healthier.

Please note that typically I will show my reference in the video along side my work area as shown in the sample videos now open to the public. However there are situations in which I will not be able to do this. I may be working from life or if I’m using a Sktchy App photo I may not have been given permission to show the photo reference in an instructional video or even been able to contact the muse (many leave the app and their photos behind). 

Initially many of the videos will be sketches and paintings from photo references. Because of the complications with my eyes I can’t easily venture into some lighting situations. Additionally I’m doing these videos on my own without camera help—these essentially are private videos I made for my own understanding to watch myself paint with the new eyes and see where I could tweak my process. 

While I would prefer to sketch from life, 2019 has been a year where the choice has been sketch from photo reference or don’t sketch at all. I wasn’t ready to throw in the towel.

Whatever I’m sketching I’ll make every effort to include some sort of photo of the subject whenever possible so you have at least a rough idea of what I’m looking at.

If I am sketching from Sktchy and I can’t contact a muse or they want to be anonymous there will be no reference photo shown in the video but you can go to my public Sktchy profile and click on my sketch there and view the reference photo. (Note: You have to have an iPhone to access the Sktchy App; they don’t have plans to expand this.)

I believe that the videos I’m going to show you will have interest and educational content whether or not you are able to see a drawing reference. However if this bothers you please don’t subscribe. This is really out of my control. Sometimes I’ll be sketching and not have someone else to take a photo before a subject departs, or a Sktchy muse I want to draw will have left Sktchy and is not traceable for permission to use in a video. 

Most of the videos I post on Roz Interim will show a reference, but I wanted you to be fully informed.

I believe that all the videos I’ve produced for Roz Interim will allow me to share something about my process, be useful from a learning perspective, and will be entertaining (as much as watching paint dry can be entertaining).

If you want to know more about why I started making these sketch videos and how I decided to shown them on Patreon you can read the page I created about my Patreon site here.

Patreon is an Experiment

Setting up the subscription blog is an experiment.

In a way it grew out of my desire to still keep making videos without the massive filming and editing time commitments which now exert great cost on my vision. Students in my online video classes know how many hours I spent putting those together with great depth and detail. I simply wasn’t ready to give up video editing just as I wasn’t ready to give up sketching.

I have no idea who might be interested in these process videos.

After the side effects of surgery were known several students stated they would welcome an opportunity to stay in touch with me, see what I’m doing, and of course, hear me go off on a tangent when I’m explaining something. These process videos seem a likely way to do that.

What I have learned, since making the first video in June of this year, is that they did help me realize some things about my process; they helped me focus my ability on adapting to my new eyes, and they helped me work through the grief over the loss of something I appreciated so much and built my life upon (my vision). I am still working through the sadness but I see the changes to my eyes as new challenges to build my life around rather than a reason to simply abandon something so key to my life. (Sketching.)

In fact one of the most wonderful things that happened to me in 2019 was the reminder that my creativity, like everyone’s, can take many forms; many of which I’ll be trying out in the coming years.

It was also clear this year, as usual, that I’m bossy, opinionated, and I have to get something down on paper or my head will explode. Dick has been cleaning up those messes as I’ve worked my way forward. My previous way of cleaning up these messes myself was with sketching. That’s the challenge going forward—to find something that works that well.

I’ll be writing about my journaling process and how it changed in the past year, right here on RozWoundUp as it is encompassed in “my many enthusiasms.” So even if a subscription blog isn’t of interest to you, I hope you’ll still stop by here now and then to see what’s going on. I have some fun posts coming up in the next couple weeks and beyond.

The following video was made for my Patreon site to explain the tier levels and reasoning behind this site.

 

    • Charlin Masterson
    • December 19, 2019
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    Does joining the Patreon unlock the historical posts – like “Everyone Needs a Side Project” or the Journaling Superstitions” that now require a password? I have a little collection of those I like to go back to when I need some redirection.

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      Carlin I’m sorry for your confusion on what’s happening.

      Rozwoundup and Rozinterim are separate (same author, but separate approach). This fall I closed some posts on Rozwoundup to password only for reasons too involved to go into here. They are not available at this time and don’t know when they will be again.

      There is no subscription fee on Rozwoundup, the password protected posts on Rozwoundup just aren’t available. There are still over 2,100 posts open on Rozwoundup which I hope you’ll enjoy, covering a large range of topics.

    • Charlin Masterson
    • December 19, 2019
    Reply

    Think I found the answer to my question – 5 a month.

    1. Reply

      Carlin, please see my answer to your question about the password protected posts on Rozwoundup. These Rozwoundup posts have nothing to do with my Patreon site. There is no subscription fee for Rozwoundup.

      My Patreon site is a separate thing from Rozwoundup. The Patreon site has NEW posts and videos not seen before. Subscription levels on my Patreon site are $4, $7, and $11. There’s nothing at a $5 level. (If you found something somewhere for that price would you please send me link so that I can fix it, because it’s wrong. Thanks so much.)

    • Cathy
    • December 19, 2019
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    Roz, I an thankful you are posting about what is going on with the change in your eyes. I’ve had a change in my health, and am adjusting to it also. I am having vestibular problems and fluorescent lights seem to make it worse, and need to sit to give my system a break. I mention this as I can draw, and now can sign up for your Patreon page.

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      I hope to have a post up about my eyes soon in January. It has been a difficult post to write because first I wanted to wait until things healed and other procedures were attempted. Now I’m just trying to find the time to get it done so I don’t have to think about it any more.

      I’m sorry to hear about your vestibular problems. Those are not fun. I’m glad though that you understand what some of the triggers are and recognize what to avoid and how to give yourself a break. Unfortunately we live in a world where we can’t avoid all the triggers and I feel for you navigating away from fluorescent lights so present in modern day life.

      I have bouts of vertigo which can be very frustrating (not able to drive, unable to focus my vision, nausea). I’ve found it helpful to draw anyway during those times and have several posts about this including this one https://rozwoundup.com/2011/09/sketching-when-you-dont-feel-well-another-gouache-experiment.html.

      What it has taught me is to let go of my preconceived notions of what I’m going to accomplish when I’m not “100 percent” and lets me enjoy the act of moving paint around. I think that’s really important, to keep something basic like enjoyment of the act, and let go of other expectations, or even the desire to have a finished piece at the end of a session influenced by something we don’t have control over. I’m glad you are still drawing. I hope that you continue drawing, finding the bits that you can still do that give you some fun.

      I think understanding and embracing that can give us something we need in the way of a mental break from expectations so that we can still have the fun in drawing. It’s a hard balance though, finding the right level of push and relaxation. I hope you find something that works so you can balance the two. I look forward to seeing you on Patreon.

  1. Reply

    Really excited about this opportunity to get your content and provide support for your very detailed process videos and reviews. I’m in!

    • Kare Furman
    • December 19, 2019
    Reply

    I appreciate the conversations and your perspective on life, art, expectations, fun, etc. Finding paths to move forward in life with some fun and grace (not smacking my head against the proverbial wall), is quite a dance. I’m also excited for this opportunity to stay connected and continue to learn. Subscribing was super easy!

    • Eleanor
    • December 19, 2019
    Reply

    Just signed up and enjoyed the speed video. Very fun and informative!
    Best to you Dear Roz!

    • deb mostert
    • December 19, 2019
    Reply

    I’m signed up Roz! Great idea and I look forward to joining you for a monthly drawing session. ( I plan to draw what you are drawing….and I know I will learn more watching you draw and paint so thank you for the opportunity to lurk over your shoulder!)

    • Michele Schermann
    • December 23, 2019
    Reply

    Hi Roz, for tier 3, will the webinars remain in place if we can’t watch at the same time (I’m guessing yes but I could be wrong like usual)? And will they be like your class webinars — where you sometimes go on a diverging tangent? I LOVE those and still watch the old ones. — Michele

    1. Reply

      Michelle, That’s a great question. The webinars will be recorded.

      They will then be available either on the recording platform (which the Tier 3’s will have access to) or in the body of the Patreon-Rozinterim blog where the Tier 3’s only will have access (and they will be locked to everyone else), or both.

      I can guarantee that I will be going off on tangents.

      The thing that I’m loving about setting up the Patreon blog is that I’ve been able to write about anything that interests me on a given day or anything that goes with a sketch I did or whatever, instead of keeping things to a curriculum and not frustrating people with digressions. (Of course I create all my curricula, but I don’t enjoy it even when I hem myself in!)

      Of course the propensity for me to digress may be very frustrating to some, but I’m not too worried about that. We’ll see! I feel I have a bunch of things I want to tell people before I leave this earth and it seems the most expeditious way to do so, digressions and all.

      I’m glad you enjoy the digressions!!!! Maybe I should have a webinar on digressions and the importance of following your nose and connections? Hmmmmmmm. I feel a digression coming on!

    • Pascale
    • December 27, 2019
    Reply

    I signed up. Really enjoyed the full length video.
    Don’t worry about book tilting, cap showing etc.
    I wish you the best and thank you again for your generosity.

    1. Reply

      Thanks so much Pascale for subscribing, and for letting me know that the cap etc. wasn’t irritating you. Hope you have fun sketching.

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