My name is Jeff Spencer. I live just northwest of Austin Texas on the cusp of the Texas Hill Country. I am a computer professional by day, and my free time is spent with various endeavors. After a recent unexpected and surprise death in the family - I've come to a fork in the road with regard to art.
I'm going to learn how to paint with oils. I've dabbled with different mediums these past few months - and found myself really liking oil paints because what I put on canvas dries exactly as I left it. With that being said - I have literally no experience drawing, sketching, or painting - other than my experiments and exploring different art forms and mediums. I wanted to see which I preferred.
I've started a YouTube channel that will detail my journey.... staring where I am. I've also decided to use Marc's video core training as the foundation for my learning curve - to practice, and practice, and perhaps practice some more. I also intend to practice.
You can watch my progress (or lack thereof) and I hope that you'll do so as an accountability partner. I welcome constructive criticism. I want to develop good habits as I learn and develop and share what I learn with others who begin their journey. My dedicated art & video studio will be complete and ready to occupy in the first week of April, when the real nit and gritty work will begin. I would like to be an active participant and student in this community forum.
So, I'm here to learn. I want to decipher the riddle of oil painting and create work that is a realistic representation of the places I have captured in photographs. I am using my photography as reference material for my oil paintings. It's not by natural talent or ability that I seek this path, but by work, patience, and persistence. I look forward to learning from you, and or sharing what I learn myself with others.