Having previously only heard their hit single "Cinnamon Cinder" and it's instro B-side "Bandito," I had little to base an understanding of the band on, and even less to justify their reported extreme popularity as house band at Bob Eubanks' "Cinnamon Cinder" club. After listening to this whole CD, it becomes clear that they were one fun band, unpretentious, and utterly silly. They embraced the pure fun or rock 'n' roll without any pretext of art - just good fun. From this new view, I can easily see how they were the party band of choice on weekend nights at the CC. This is the sort of band that creates a perfect backdrop for your party, not the sort of band you'd sit listening to, mesmerized by the artistry. Too too fun. Oh, yeah, besides the handful of totally fun pop vocals, there are a bunch of really cool instros as well.
The secrets of classical pastel portraiture shared by Gwenneth Barth, a European master. Gwenneth Barth, a master portraitist whose many important commissions include royalty and government ministers, regularly conducts classes and workshops in Europe and North America. In this instructive and helpful DVD, Gwenneth demonstrates her mastery of the classical pastel portrait from life and, sharing many useful tips and insights along the way, leads you through eight absorbing chapters to the finished portrait. Recommended by the French Pastellists' Society and the Portrait Society of Canada, this step-by-step 'how-to' DVD is must for both novices and experienced artists.
B. Watkin is a highly successful artist and teacher who has exhibited with the Royal Society of British Artists, The National Society, The Royal Society of Oil Painters, and the Pastel Society. He has four art instructional DVDs: Pastel Landscapes, Progressing with Pastel, Pastel Techniques and Mood and Atmosphere in Pastel. Barry both uses and recommends his Unison pastel starter sets, and he has carefully selected a range of colours suitable for landscape painting, or general painting for beginners. They are not suitable for flower painting which require special colours.