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David Dunlop returns with 6 new programs exploring the lives and work of celebrated artists at beautiful locations that inspired them.

Learn how Turner, Sargent, and Whistler painted the magic of Venice and how Winslow Homer painted the tumultuous seas of Maine in a new DVD Series offered at a special price!                   

We’re back!  Season 2 of the Emmy® Award winning television series about art and painting, Landscapes through Time with David Dunlop, returns with six new programs featuring six of your favorite artists filmed in beautiful locations that inspired them.  Inspired by David Dunlop’s infectious enthusiasm and encyclopedic knowledge, Landscapes Through Time combines art, history, travel, philosophy, science and technique to explore the lives and art of these artists. Your contribution will help us produce our Season Two, and you will receive a Special Kickstarter Price for the DVD set ($50.00 instead of $79.95) - as well as other great rewards.

You can learn more about David, Connie and SimmonsArt, Inc. here:  http://www.daviddunlop.com. If you haven't seen Landscapes Through Time, here is an excerpt from Monet's Waterlilies from Season One. We have included David painting the waterlilies in Monet's waterlily garden in Giverny on an incrdible, enchanted day - we were so lucky!.

Our New Programs for Season Two of Landscapes through TimeHost, writer and artist David Dunlop and producer, director and editor Connie Simmons are teaming up again to create Season Two, which will available in time for the Holiday Season.  We will visit Venice, the Hudson Valley, New Mexico and Maine to examine the lives and techniques of art legends Turner, Guardi, Whistler, O’Keefe, Homer and Bellows.  Shot on site and in the studio, the programs will again feature David Dunlop’s unique insight into the personal, artistic, and historic context in which these artists’ worked and he will examine the evolution of their artistic lives and works.

In Season Two, David places his easel at the same locations where the artists set theirs and paints the same scenes, demonstrating the individual style and techniques of each painter while discussing artistic, technical, optical and perceptual insights, incorporating recent scholarship in art history and neuroscience. He explains each step of their painting process - showing how they painted and how they thought. 

Season Two Programs.  Season Two will include six programs from the following list. We have already produced three programs, and we will shoot the additional programs this summer, depending upon the funding and the weather:
(a)  Winslow Homer's Seas at Prouts Neck, Maine (already produced);
(b)  Mysterious Tide Pools of Winslow Homer’s Prouts Neck, Maine (already produced);
(c)  Intimate Streams of the Hudson River Painters (already produced);
(d)  J.M.W. Turner’s Visions of Venice (Summer production);
(e)  Venice, City of Illusion of Francesco Guardi (Summer production);
(f)   James Abbott McNeil Whistler's Venice (Summer production);
(g)  The Venice of John Singer Sargent (Summer production);
(h)  Georgia O'Keefe in New Mexico (Summer production); and
(i)   George Bellows in New York (Summer production).

Funding Goals and Plans.  Since we do not receive funding from public television sources, we really rely upon the support of viewers like you. Corporate and government sponsors are difficult to find for television arts programming, but we continue our efforts because these six programs cost more than our Kickstarter Goals.  
We have set a basic and an additional Kickstarter goal:
$20,000 - We will produce the six half-hour programs for Season Two and a three-hour DVD (six half-hour programs) by Winter, 2013.

$45,000 – We will produce the six half-hour programs for Season Two and a three-hour DVD by Winter, 2013, and distribute the Second Season on public television in the Winter, 2013. 

What happens if we receive contributions greater than $20,000 but less than $45,000?  Since the production costs of our six programs are higher than our Kickstarter Goals, any contributions greater than the goals will be applied to the production of the Second Season.

When will the Season Two DVDs be Available?  For our Kickstarter supporters, the Season Two DVDs of Landscapes through Time will be available as soon as they are completed in the Fall/Winter, 2013, but not later than November 30, 2013, and after the first broadcast on public television for everyone else, which we anticipate will occur several months later. 

How We Will Spend Your Kickstarter Contributions. We will use your Kickstarter Contributions to fund the following: HD camera and equipment rental fees, location fees in Venice and New Mexico, license fees for the images of the paintings included in the programs, close captioning and video description expenses, graphics, music, editing and color correction expenses, travel and hotel expenses for Connie, David, and our DP, production fees, costs to manufacture (master and replicate) the DVDs, costs to distribute the Series on public television, including HD broadcast mastering and quality verification costs, satellite uplink fees and station relations campaign and carriage tracking fees.

Viewer Comments. ARTnews wrote that David has the “enthusiasm and breadth of knowledge of BBC host Jacob Bronowski and the geniality of late Australian wildlife expert Steve Irwin,” and his engaging and entertaining manner makes the artists and their paintings come alive. Here are some of our viewers’ comments: “The best art series I have seen on television! Brilliant!”; “Informative, inspirational and smart series. When will it be back on television?”; “Simply fantastic!”; “Beautifully orchestrated - never had Impressionism fully explained before;” “I love the show - it combines art history and techniques in different genres and is filled with insight;” and “We were AMAZED at his ability to present, in a straightforward, intelligent, and unpretentious fashion, the spirit of his subject -- and to watch him create at the same time. Incredible talent.”  You can read reviews of the Series, including from ARTNews.   

Season One of PBS series Landscapes through Time. The First Season of Landscapes Through Time with 13 half-hour programs was broadcast on PBS from 2008-2011, and is being broadcast on public television for another three-year term beginning June, 2013.  Landscapes Through Time received a national Emmy® Award as well as a second national Emmy® nomination. It was also awarded a CINE Golden Eagle Award for Excellence in Television Production and seven Telly Awards. We have also produced several other DVD series about art and painting, Painting Landscapes with David Dunlop and Elements of Landscape Painting. (You can view short previews of Season One on our website here.)

Museum and Educational Outreach Programs. We are currently speaking with several educational institutions about using our series in their arts education programs, and with several museums to use our footage as small movies to support their collections.  We'll give you more information when these programs are farther along.

Thank You for Joining the Adventure! If you want to learn more about art and painting, we hope that you will help us create Season Two of Landscapes through Time. Thank you!

You can learn more about David, Connie and SimmonsArt, Inc. here: http://www.daviddunlop.com.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

As with all productions filmed outside, we are subject to the whims of nature. If it rains the entire time that we are in Venice in June, we will shoot at least two programs using protected locations. We have scheduled additional time to complete the programs before Winter 2013, so that should any other issues arise, we will have plenty of time to address them. We will of course deliver them to you as soon as they are available. Since our programs will follow the same general format as the First Season and be of a least equal quality in content and production value, we expect our Second Series will be accepted for broadcast on public television and the distributor and the stations have indicated the same to us.

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