This is the video version of one of my most recent posts, and it includes a narration, lots more images, video clips, and is worth watching even if you read and commented on my post. It’s about the demand that artists work in a single signature style for most or all of their careers, and how this is based on a misconception that an artist has one inherent style. Rather, as an artist evolves it’s natural to explore new tools and techniques, and at very least to experiment with the trusty ones we’ve been using for years or decades.
The video contains a short segment featuring 25 of my own pieces in 25 styles, as well as an extended sequence dedicated to promoting the art of Hans Hofmann, the most underrates Abstract Expressionist painter.
The algorithm is a bit rough on yours truly, and despite my videos consistently being over 90% up-voted, I’m not getting a lot of traffic. Note that YouTube curiously no longer displays up-vote ranking, perhaps because it’s irrelevant to view count and ad clicks. Quality doesn’t get you bumped up, clickability does, I guess. It is worth watching for that alone.
Below, the column I highlighted green, you can see the up-vote ration of my videos.
Let’s face it, my videos represent unconventional views on arcane topics, and can run long. Not the best way to milk the algorithm. OK, probably about the worst. In which case, if you are a fan of my content, it would help me if you watched the video all the way through (while taking a nap in necessary], and give it a like, to help me not get completely flushed down by the merciless algorithm. Better yet, share it with people who might be interested.
But I think you’ll thoroughly enjoy it! I worked on it for more than 3 days, and there’s lots of attention to small details. Below, I tend to push Filmora — which very user friendly video editing software — to its limit, and you’ll find experimental segments if you look for them. As an artist, I can’t help getting a bit creative and weird, at times, with my videos.
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