Al Weems Workshop – Lighting in Photography – May 3 2020

Want to take your photography to the next level? Want to learn more about lighting for when you craft a scene for a portrait or still life?

Talented photographer Al Weems has the solution!

Al will take us step by step through this process of setting up a photo. Learn how light and shadows bring a photo to life.

Come join us for a 2-hour workshop on Sunday, May 3, 2020 all in the comfort of your own home. We’ll be doing this online workshop via ZOOM.

The Zoom session is now over.

Here’s the video from the workshop:

Bob Evans Feature – Milford TV Monochrome Show May-June 2020

Our “Monochrome” show at the Milford TV station for May-June 2020 is going to be online virtually! We are in the process of assembling that show. Here is a feature by Bob Evans to demonstrate what we are creating.

When we’re complete, we’ll share a video slideshow which combines the artists’ images along with a description of what the images are about.

If you’re a BVAA artist, please send those JPG images to us! We’ll then contact you about putting together the audio side. We can read words for you, if you’d rather not speak yourself.

Stay healthy and safe!

Luke MacNeil and Laura Cenedella Workshops Sat Apr 24 2020

Our Saturday, April 25th, 2020 lineup is amazing! Set your alarm and enjoy a day of relaxing creativity! Free!

Luke MacNeil 10am – 1pm


Luke is absolutely amazing with his talents with Photoshop, Lightroom, and Affinity. Come on by and watch his 3-hour workshop on all sorts of cool techniques and tips. Ask him questions live.

One of the fun things he’ll cover is how to create this awesome dispersion technique. Add some fantasy to your images!

Let us know what else you’d like him to talk about!

Hang out and chat, work along with him, and enjoy your Saturday morning!

Ask with any questions 🙂

Laura O. Cenedella 1pm – 3pm


Come join Laura in her studio for an amazingly fun paint session! You can just watch and chat or you can paint along! Use oil paints or acrylic paints, your choice. This session is all about the relaxing palette knife style. With this, you’re moving thick sections of paint around. You don’t need a palette knife. You can use a straight-edged kitchen knife, a credit card, or anything else that is reasonably thick. Be creative!


Artist Oil Color and Acrylic Artist Color or Comparable:
white, yellow ochre, light yellow, red, blue

· Grey Pad Disposable Paper Palette/Plate anything
· oil: Impasto Mediums/ Walnut oil/ drying medium or Acrylic: impasto medium
· Mineral spirits/ Water for acrylic
· Paper towels
· Brushes for Oil or Acrylic Painting
· A can or jar for mineral spirits/water
· A bag for trash
· A clip to clip your trash bag to your easel or tripod
· An easel or paint box
· Canvas Artist Board or Paper

Anything else you may be comfortable to use.

Ask with any questions. Free, open to the public, and relaxing fun!

Laura’s event runs here:

Virtual Online Art Lessons with Luke MacNeil Dennis Smith and Laura Cenedella 4/18/2020

FREE Virtual Online Art Lessons!

Saturday April 18, 2020

In the morning from 10-12 Luke will present a fascinating look at different ways to create art – even “paint” – using your computer. He’ll explore Affinity, a software program that lets you paint with your computer. It has a free 90-day trial so you can test it out.

From 12-1 Dennis Smith will show us how to use GarageBand on an iPad. This amazing software lets you create your own musical background for your painting videos, or just for fun.

From 1-3 talented artist Laura O. Cenedella will do a live painting session, showing you how to paint a beautiful forsythia still life with watercolors, pen and ink. Perfect for spring! You can paint with any medium you want, of course. You’ll get to see her at-home studio and ask questions! It’ll take place on her Facebook page.

Join us for a day of fun and creativity!

Morning Session Location with Luke MacNeil:

Midday session location with Dennis Smith:

Afternoon Session Location with Laura Cenedella:

Creating One-Minute Time Lapse Videos

Making one-minute time lapse videos is an incredibly useful skill to learn. Sure, it’s lovely to have that 20-minute or 30-minute narrated walkthrough of how to paint something. But then it’s also very helpful for marketing to have a one-minute time lapse version, start to finish.

The one-minute video version can then be posted on Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok – all platforms that have a short length limit. You can use those other feeds to catch viewers’ attention and then direct them to YouTube or Facebook or wherever else you have the full length video posted.

Here’s how to do this in Adobe Premiere. If you’re using another software package, let us know what it is and we’ll help you figure out the steps.

Adobe Premiere

Open up your video file in Adobe Premiere. You probably already have it in there from making the full length video. For this short version, don’t bother with any title screens or anything else. You just want the video itself.

Click on the video-audio pairing to select it. Right-click and unlink the audio-video. Click OFF the video-audio so they are unselected. Then click just on the audio track. Delete it. Otherwise you’ll get chipmunk-audio when you shrink the time.

Right-click on the video track. Go into Time Stretch. You want the number to be BIGGER THAN 100 to speed it up. If your clip is 10 minutes and you want it to be 1 minute, change that 100 to 1000. See what the time is. If it’s still longer than 1 minute, increase that 1000 slowly until you get under 1 minute.

For YouTube / Facebook – Publish/Share, Computer, MPEG, and I use HDTV 1080 24p. The file it makes will be great for those two platforms.

For Instagram / Twitter / TikTok – Publish/Share, Mobile, iPad, iPad widescreen high quality. This is the file format those platforms use. When loading onto TikTok make sure you rotate your video on the first screen so it fills the window.

Ask with any questions!

Live Streaming Artist List – Watch and Learn!

It can be rough if you’re stuck inside your house without access to your normal routine. Artists around the world are providing live-streaming feeds from their home studios, letting us explore creativity and learn more about their styles!

These are just a few options – let us know if there are more we should add in!

Tony DiTerlizza fantasy art and faeries –

Streamline Art – variety of traditional artists for portraits and still life –

Laura O Cenedella – coastal scenes and still life –

Luke MacNeil – computer tools like Lightroom, Photoshop, and Procreate –

Mo Willems – children’s book illustrator –

Peter H. Reynolds – children’s book illustrator –

Jarrett J. Krosoczka – children’s book illustrator –

Virtual Online Art Lessons with Luke MacNeil and Laura Cenedella 4/11/2020

FREE Virtual Online Art Lessons!

Saturday April 11, 2020

In the morning from 10-1 Luke will present a fascinating look at different ways to create art – even “paint” – using your computer. He’ll explore Procreate and Photoshop, two well-known programs that let you use different brushes, colors, and textures to create art right on your computer.

From 1-3 talented artist Laura O. Cenedella will do a live painting session, showing you how to paint a beautiful daffodil still life with oil paints. Perfect for spring! You can paint with any medium you want, of course. You’ll get to see her at-home studio and ask questions! It’ll take place on her Facebook page.

Laura’s Supply List, if you want to match her painting:

Supply List:
Paint Colors:
Artist White
Titanium White
Yellow Ochre
Ultra Marine Blue
Drying Medium
Impasto Mediums/ Walnut Oil

Brushes- ( Oil Painting )
1 Inch
1/2 Inch

Paper Towels
A Can or Jar for Mineral Spirits
A Palette Knife for Mixing or for Cleaning your Palette
A Bag for Trash
A Drop Cloth
An Easel or Paint Box
Canvas Artist Board
And Anything Else You are Comfortable Using.

Join us for a day of fun and creativity!

Morning Session Location with Luke MacNeil:

Afternoon Session Location with Laura Cenedella:

How to Download your Facebook Live Video to your Computer

If you posted a video to Facebook live, there are a variety of reasons that you might not have any other backup copy available to work with. That means if you then wanted to load that same video onto YouTube or for other purposes, you’re stuck. Here is how to download that Facebook Live video from Facebook to your computer, so you can use it for whatever purpose you wish.

First, log into your Facebook account on a computer.

Go to your video area. Usually there is a ‘videos’ tab beneath your main profile banner image.

You should see “All Videos”. Click on the … on the right side.

Go to your Video Library.

Point to the Facebook Live video in question. As you hover over the video link, you should get an EDIT option to the right of the video title.

You’re now on the edit page for your Facebook Live video. There is another … area in the lower middle. Click on that … option.

You’ll now have an option to DOWNLOAD your video.

Save the video onto your local hard drive.

You now have a video to work with!

Note that if you originally uploaded your video from an old-school cellphone, the quality isn’t going to be great. That’s just a fact of life. So for example I use a Samsung 7 cellphone. When I download my Facebook Live video, the video I get is:

for a 3 hour video:
Frame size: 640 x 360
Frame Rate: 23 frames/second
Audio bit rate: 63 kbps / stereo
Audio sample rate: 24 kHz
total file size: 619mb

So again you can’t really blame Facebook for this. They were handling a live stream out of a cellphone. We’re fortunate that even works :).

So then the question is, how do you bring this MP4 file into something like Adobe Premiere in order to work with it?

It turns out that 23 frames/second caused problems for me while working with Adobe Premiere, my video editing software. My cellphone/Facebook Live combo created a “variable frame rate”. If you run into that sort of a problem, where the audio / video don’t remain synced properly, you want to download Handbrake:

This is FREE. It will let you convert the file from variable frame rate to a fixed 30 frames per second rate. This then imports perfectly into Adobe Premiere and other packages. You can then edit it like any other video file, add titles, and then save it for YouTube or other uses.

Let us know if you have any questions about downloading your live videos from Facebook Live!

Facebook Live from your Computer

Luke has written AMAZING step by step instructions on how to do Facebook Live from your computer. This involves “OBS” software which lets you mix in various microphones, cameras, etc. if you wish to. It has all sorts of features.

But you can also use just one webcam, one microphone, and do a wonderful job.

Ask with any questions!

Thank you so much, Luke!

Editing Video on your Cellphone with Adobe Premiere Rush

Many people are now shooting videos on their cellphones to then share on websites and social media. The entire process can be quick, easy, and fun.

What if you want to do some editing to your video, right on your cellphone? Add a title? Delete a section?

That’s where Adobe Premiere Rush comes in!

Bob Evans put together this easy, simple tutorial to get you started. Thanks, Bob!

If you’re just getting started with cellphone videos, here is our how-to on the basics.

Let us know what else you’d like to learn!