Rick Surowicz has taken YouTube by storm, gaining a strong following of over 25K subscribers. Pretty sweet deal considering he put his first video out in late May 2017. This shows you Rick’s appeal. His first videos were really good, but his later ones have continued to improve. Frequently he does two videos – one is a very teacherly, with clear explanations of why he does this or that, what his thought process is, and the colors and brushes he chooses. A second one is speeded up 2 or 3 times. This allows the viewer to preview his longer version, seeing what is up ahead before diving into the longer, detailed video.
This is my 4th or 5th follow-along with Rick. Given my more recent issues with representation of detail, not each busy detail, I thought I would do one of his studies today. (I also am tired of sewing!) Rick’s video is about 45 minutes long; this took me about 2.5 hours with stopping and starting the show. It’s a great way to practice different techniques.
There are a lot of really great instructional videos on YouTube – you can – and I have – learn so much. Right now, though, I have what I consider to be a serious problem: what is my style? Copying a masterful painter gives one skills, but the interpretation has to be personal. I figure I am on the way there – it will sort of happen – but one thing I do know, I do not want to create chaotic paintings without good contrast, clean color, and strong composition. Rick’s paintings have all three and make for good lessons. They are very different than the detailed fruits and flowers of Anna Mason, but those very detailed paintings also teach things such as texture, detail, light and dark. I have learned from those as well.