I am glad to have finally joined this site after taking Mark’s one-on-one workshop in June. I live in a rural area in NE Wisconsin. The biggest thing happening for me at the moment is that in three weeks I will be moving from painting either at the kitchen table or a dark corner in my house to a real studio. I’m excited to be able to start painting everyday which has been difficult at best. (I can’t tell you how many meals I’ve eaten next to my easel!) Given that I am in a rural area, it is hard to find a local artist community, so I look forward to reading and posting here.