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It’s probably premature to introduce myself as I’ve not actually done any oil paintings yet. Retired 6 years ago, I turned a woodworking hobby into a more serious endeavor and now display at shows and sell my work (http://www.alansfinewoodworking.com/). But I could not draw at all. Hoping that the ability to do a decent perspective drawing would help my design process, I enrolled at the local college for what I thought would be a painful but necessary fundamentals of drawing class. I actually apologized to the professor during the first week for being stuck with me as a student. I did NOT expect to enjoy it so much.
On the first day of class we were told to draw anything we chose from a pile of objects set in the middle of the room. Below is a fish drawn during that week in September. In early December we were assigned to draw that same object again but this time to create a scene in charcoal so I created a fish tank. A September attempt at a zebra and December charcoal horse are also below. So you can teach an old dog new tricks.
I am starting an oil painting class in a few weeks and have spent many hours going through Mark’s videos. I am so grateful to him for posting them. The clarity of Mark’s teaching is awesome and the process he has developed just makes sense. I am also grateful to the many members of this friendly forum for their freely and cheerfully given advice.