my name is bruce, i'm in nj, usa and i went to art school way back to become a fine art painter. i was so turned off by the acrylics i stopped painting. i mean, really, abstract artists teaching painting? over the years i began collecting supplies for my return to creative arts and painting. i was a potter for many years. i amassed a 30 year collection of fine hardwoods for my furniture making. i have jewelry supplies and hundreds of carrots of opal among other gems. I have a complete workshop and a few years ago decided to prepare for my return to oil painting. i needed a jump start and somehow marks dvds and supplies found me. where was he back in art school? (he wasn't born yet) this spring/summer i painted studies of the creek and marsh behind my girlfriends house. greens are so hard as the sun moves. weeds and wildflowers are so hard as the time moves. i bought a new camera to freeze time so i could catch up. i am here now, painting will move indoors and i will have time to follow fellow artists. i am not able to give advice except on products and my experience breeding goldfish. i am basically a beginner. i try everything and listen to every qualified teacher i can read. i hope to develop my own style someday, or bring it from my recesses to the front, whatever. thanks, it's long but it's accurate.