I am guessing this is my blog. It is October 11, 2017
Just turned 65, married, disabled and live in Nebraska. Occupation retired Pet Groomer.
I have been on the site for about a year already. Amazing how much time has passed. Spent the year watching all the videos on here and more of them on You tube from other sources. I decided to try Marks method as everyone on here is so talented and so encouraging to everyone. I have spent a lot of time looking at all the works put up by others, listen to the advice and critiques from everyone. This time , I am hoping has trained my eye a little and will save me from some of the pit falls and shorten my learning curve. I learn by doing so now comes the doing.
Before i knew about Mark I ended up buying water soluble oils in a variety of colors, brushes a french easel (so I could paint outside) and got started. Mind you I am a stick figure artist but I was going to do this. Then I found Mark, realized I bought to many paints and the wrong brushes or not enough of the right ones. I needed a color checker, proper lighting. black curtains on my big beautiful window, and a shadow box. Well I have all the above now except the shadowbox .
Instead of painting a piece of fruit I am going to do a self portrait. I thought I could make It my first and my tenth so I could see my progress. I have high hopes for this first one as I hear Mark say anyone can do this, and then the realist in me say don't expect much your just starting. The goal is to get started and get better with each picture and enjoy the process.
I am so glad I have found a soft place to land, and yet not so soft that I wont get needed guidance. I will put up my test pictures as part of my history and hopefully to prove in a year that this system can turn a sow's ear into a silk purse or at least i will be able to paint both.