I had the opportunity to watch a couple of Rick Krane’s new Angler’s Artistry instructional dvd’s, and I must say, I’m impressed! Even considering my thirty plus years painting fish (and in some manner being fairly set in my ways of painting), it was nice to view something that left me with quite a few “ah-ha” moments... Overall the instruction is complete, concise, and very well organized; but at the same time the dvd is enjoyable to watch. If you have never painted a fish before or have painted hundreds, there is information in these productions to make them worth far more than the mere cost of purchasing them. And whether you watch them once or get the real effective value by being able to consult them repeatedly as needed, your work will surely improve as you tap into the insight and experience of Rick’s vast vault of fish and fish taxidermy knowledge. I have always been reluctant to watch or purchase any fish painting video because the effect is really no more different than a written paint schedule: One learns how to paint an overly basic paint scheme with little options for variability among fish. However, what Rick has done in his dvd’s is give not only a system of recreating coloration on a fish by a variety of means, but he also (and arguably more important) has given the mental processes that will lead one to be flexible in their fish painting. In conjunction with this is the valuable reference section of the dvd’s where he shows you the key features of a certain species of fish and also gives you the reasons why and what to look for that could be different on each fish of the same species. This will surely lead you to “see” features in a color scheme of a fish you have never painted or are familiar with, and then using the system you have learned from Rick, you will have the competence to be able to paint a fish without a paint schedule or instruction. These are powerful tools to have and indispensable for your fish painting success and enjoyment!