Watching art come to life
EVER looked at a piece of art and wondered how it was made?
Now you have the chance to learn just that, thanks to Outback Creative Live.
Outback Creative, an initiative that grouped together a host of Australia's best bush artists, has branched into an interactive teaching platform through social media.
Charlie Devine, who was the founder of the Live initiative, late last year grouped together a talented bunch of artists, who shared an eagerness to expand their videography skills. He stressed the project was now fully run by the artists themselves.
"I sourced them via Facebook and just pitched my idea to them. I convinced them that it would be a good idea for them to all jump in together and help each other out,” he said.
Now, Outback Creative Live has five artists from all over rural Australia who regularly post clips of them crafting their work. It's an interactive platform, so those who stop by the site are able to ask questions and post comments.
The project gives artists a new platform to showcase their work and allows the viewer the unique experience of watching art come to life.
Louise De Masi, a watercolour artist with 50,000 followers on Instagram, has been one of the front runners on posting the video tutorials.
In one of her latest videos she talked through how she began her picture of a pale headed rosella, going into every detail, including the type of brush she used, which was a Da Vinci Squirrel Mop.
Charlie said the site was gaining more followers, and believed it would capture a large American audience.
"So most of Louise's audience is already Americans,” he said.
"Americans are extremely interested in Australian outback art and, more to the point, art on our bird life.”
Charlie encouraged other rural artists to get in touch with the group if they were interested in creating their own video tutorials to regularly share.
"So they will have to buy their own equipment, and find someone who will help with video editing,” he said.
Charlie has now taken a step back from the project but said it was a joy to connect artists together.
"We are a community, and by the artists joining they are making networks,” he said.
"One of our artists (Deena Coulthard) lives at Serpentine. I hadn't heard of that area before, it's in Western Australia.
"She is so rural I can't even contact her by phone. So I talk to her via Facebook. I think she has enjoyed the fact she can meet the other artists.”
To get in touch with the group, search Outback Creative Live on Facebook.