Hello, I have always loved drawing and began painting about ten years ago, with acrylic house paint I had on hand. I've always been drawn, (little pun) to portraits and especially hands. I experience little to no satisfaction or pride in any of my work.. beyond the doing of it. In the last few weeks I've been searching online for guidance on how to do what's necessary to satisfy my expectations of my work and have realized that what I long to achieve may be better accomplished with oils.. and a good working knowledge of my materials! Living in a small prairie town, the thought that I can learn from all of you, and most especially from Mark.. is, quite frankly, thrilling!! So... let's get this party started!