My name is Ken from the central east coast of Florida. I taught myself to paint landscapes in oils about 25 years ago but stopped after a year or so because I was unable to draw so my work felt unsatisfying - at least to me. I took up woodworking, carving, taught myself glass blowing - all in an effort to express myself but nothing really clicked for me. Back in 2005 I decided to confront my own fears about drawing and took a class at the local art shop with the idea that I would either find out if I had any ability or give up on the visual arts altogether. I was surprised to find out that I was able to draw and kept at it after the class ended. I found a forum on the net which was really instrumental in my gaining skill. In fact I am now a moderator in the Drawing and Sketching forum there.
I have had art in various galleries across the country but graphite simply does not sell well as people generally feel that graphite is nothing more than a sketch in addition to it having little color. With that in mind I find myself losing interest in drawing that much any more - especially as a drawing can easily take 120-200 hours to complete. Although I do enjoy teaching others how to draw and work with graphite. So I've grown interested in taking up oils again and came across the videos by Mark and found his style to be what I would want to do. So now I have to learn to "see" in color although I suspect the value range won't present too much of a problem.
The biggest hurdle I have now is that of inertia. I have so many other interests that it's easy to put off painting. I am having trouble sitting myself down and just getting started for some reason. But that's something I just have to deal with myself.
Below is a drawing of my cat, Casper. It is @10x16
. Also shown is a drawing of General Ambrose Burnside, USA as he looked circa 1863. It is @13x16
. Sorry about the quality of the photos .. graphite is notoriously hard to photograph well.