We Are Moving

Dennis and Nolan have both moved to a new city. This means packing up everything and starting fresh on the other end. If you want to get a feel for the move you can take a look at map below. We have moved from Auckland to a city called Whanganui (pronounced one-ga-noo-ee), which is roughly 450km (280 miles) away.

You can click the button below to see the move on a Google map:

As you can see this is a major move which means we will not only need to resettle ourselves into our new houses, but also completely rebuild the studio.

As a result we ask that you please be patient with us as we get ourselves up and running again.

Although we are working to a schedule so we can be online again ASAP, unexpected delays can happen along the way. So please forgive us if we need to re-schedule a class release or a live lesson.

To keep you updated you can follow the studio progress below:

Studio Rebuild Progress

26 April 2016

Today the movers delivered all our boxes.

As you can see the studio is basically a new / raw building so it doesn't have carpets or even a coat of paint on the wall.

Quite a bit of hard graft ahead of us....

5 May 2016

We carried all the boxes and equipment outside so we can paint the walls.

As the walls are still raw it has taken us a few coats of paint to get a good finish.

The studio is looking a lot brighter and bigger already. It is a 6 meter by 7,5 meter studio, so quite a bit larger than the previous one which means we are going to really love working here.

Check out Dennis' cool painting skills...

6 May 2016

The table we sit at is the heart of the studio so we need to build that first.

To do that we need to put on our carpenter's hats.

We build the table and the basic table top as well as the overhead beams which the cameras run along.

These beams need to be extremely strong and steady otherwise even the slightest bump makes the camera shake, ruining the video.

13 May 2016

Taking a leaf out of the movie industry's book, the table you see us working at in the videos is not a thick slab of wood. If you look at the previous photo you will see that it starts off as two cheap chipboard panels which are joined together.

We then cover the table top with laminated flooring panels to simulated the expensive wood effect.

The back "kick plate" is a length of decking which is stained to match the table top.

The "thickness" of the table top is just a strip of pine which is also stained to match the table top.

Everything is then varnished several times with polyurethane so it can withstand the paints and chemicals we use to clean up with.

As it has been overcast and rainy the whole week these layers of varnish have taken forever to dry :(, but the final effect looks lovely :)

14 May 2016

With the major construction work complete and the carpet installed, we can start getting the equipment into place.

We add the cupboards which house all our painting equipment as well as spare cables and electronics.

We also start to add the decor.

17 May 2016

We have added blinds in front of the shelving to stop that area from becoming an eyesore.

Then if you look at the photo from 13 May you will see there is a box full of cables on the floor. These are the cables used to connect all the equipment together to make the whole system work. Most of these cables end up strapped to the underside of the table to keep them out of view. When we first started broadcasting the live classes many years ago, the amount of cable we used was roughly 2 kilometers (1.24 miles).

We have now been able to streamline the system so that there is now only around 700 meters (0.4 miles) worth of cabling. Still quite a lot, but we have added a few extra meters to each camera which allows us to be very flexible with their positioning.

The rest of the decor is now also in place so it really is looking very similar to the old studio now.

We still need to install the sound system as well as the cabling for Internet connection, then testing can begin.

23 May 2016

Over the last few days I have been laying a lan (network) cable between the house and the studio in order to get a wired Internet connection through to the studio, as well as doing finishing touches to the studio set up itself.

Today I was able to do a "coms" test to see if all the wiring work, etc. actually works like it should. You can watch the video to see the test and get a bit of a behind the scenes look at the inner workings of the studio.

30 May 2016

The big wait for our ISP to lay the fibre optic cable is nearly over. Today they came to lay the cable from the exchange to the outside of the house.

To test the difference, I have done a speed test so we can compare after they have completed the indoor installation on the 1st June.

In order to broadcast a good quality HD live class we need at least a 5 Mbps upload speed.

As you can see the temporary Internet connection we have now will not even allow us to broadcast a standard quality class.

Just for interest sake, in Auckland our speed test was around 20 Mbps down and 5 Mbps up (we had a VDSL connection there for our tech minded members).

If you would like to do your own speed test to see how your Internet connection compares, you can click the button below:

2 June 2016

We are LIVE again, yay!!!

The fibre is installed so we have great speed - I have added the new speed test results so you can see.

The download speed is supposed to be at 200 Mbps, so I suspect they have added us to the default package instead of the top of the range package that a heavy Internet user like ourselves requires (uh, not requires, but wants, lol).

Then I have done a test live broadcast to see if everything is going out okay and that side seems to working great as well. You can watch the video for yourself to see.

There are one or two tweaks I need to make, like the audio which is not 100% synched to the picture, but these are just small software settings that need to be played with, which can be done as we go.

So thank you very much for your patience while we rebuilt everything, we look forward to seeing you in the live classes and online art lessons :)

Have Your Say:

13 Comments

  • Nolan Clark

    Nolan Clark

    2016-05-26T08:51:13+00:000000001331201605

    Thank you Annie :)

    Ashis – I use a Genius graphic tablet and the software I use is PhotoImpact (it is however out of date, so better to learn one of the newer programs like Photoshop) :afro:

  • Ashis Biswas

    2016-05-24T15:34:46+00:000000004631201605

    Hi,
    The new studio looks absolutely fabulous !!!
    Look forward to many videos from you n Dennis.
    Interested to know which graphics tablet / pen and imaging software you use.
    Cheers
    Ashis

  • Annie

    Annie

    2016-05-24T02:27:27+00:000000002731201605

    We sure are fortunate to have found PB, all the wonderfull classes, the friendly open access to the PB community, and the best art tutors I could have dreamt for…

    Happy your are enjoying what you are doing. We sure enjoy watching you working so hard ;-) :yippee:

  • Nolan Clark

    Nolan Clark

    2016-05-21T17:23:23+00:000000002331201605

    :thankyou: Kathy, we just do what we love doing (we are extremely fortunate to be able to do so), you guys make it special and possible :yippee: :flowers:

  • Dennis Clark

    2016-05-21T09:05:04+00:000000000431201605

    Thank you for your kind words,Kathy, we really appreciate it. We are all extremely happy with the move we made.

  • Kathy Sutterlin

    Kathy Sutterlin

    2016-05-20T16:04:31+00:000000003131201605

    A peaceful environment is good for the soul. I’m glad your families were able to do this together. The studio is coming along beautifully. Though I can’t attend the live classes (working at that time), I look forward to seeing the new studio in action in the videos.
    I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. I really appreciate all the hard work you and Dennis put into your Paintbasket business. You have created a lovely, family like, community that I am honored to be a part of. :congrats:

  • Nolan Clark

    Nolan Clark

    2016-05-20T08:36:24+00:000000002431201605

    We wanted to get out of the hustle and bustle of the city Mark. It’s so much more peaceful here :afro:

  • Mark King

    2016-05-19T09:09:27+00:000000002731201605

    Place looks great, but why such a big move?
    Mark

  • Zayn

    2016-05-17T22:55:34+00:000000003431201605

    You reached your target in record time….that’s amazing!the technical stuff takes time and is unpredictable…at leastthe studio is up and ready!! Wow!

  • Nolan Clark

    Nolan Clark

    2016-05-17T20:44:46+00:000000004631201605

    I am sure we can give a look around Annie :afro:

  • Annie

    Annie

    2016-05-17T02:03:49+00:000000004931201605

    Hope the next live class will include a little tour of the new studio… :yippee:

  • Annie

    Annie

    2016-05-16T03:25:54+00:000000005431201605

    Amazing! You should be very happy working in your new studio. :yippee:

  • Zayn

    2016-05-16T02:16:11+00:000000001131201605

    Wow ! Looks amazing! Your progressing super fast!