I live in the US and am closing in on 50 and have always wanted to learn to paint. Kids have left the nest for the most part and I have the time and money to pursue it now. A couple weeks ago I started gathering supplies and have been focusing on portraits as that is what I have always wanted to paint. I am just starting on my 3rd and am struggling with painting hair and mixing and evenly blending the skin transitions/midtones the most. I have a ton of questions so expect to see me posting. I ordered Marks video on portraiture and will be weeding through the 8 hours of information. Thank you for such a great forum.