You raise me up
For nine years since the passing of my dear beloved husband, I have suffered depression. That is until someone introduced me to art. At first, I took it as a source of comfort. Gradually, I found out the beauty of the world in a new way through a new medium.
I feel sensitive to my surroundings, and I am dedicated to improving my art world day by day. I feel joy, pain and every emotion in between throughout my work that fuels my creative drive.
I am 77 year old grandmother of 5, and a great-grandmother of 4. Born in Kentucky. Lived in Kansas, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, California and now in Branson Missouri. I have been an owner in the oil business, Wife and promoter of a Horse trainer, and a commercial actor. Robin A. Wiltshire. A real estate salesman in California, retired and now free to do what I desire, art, that is my desire.
The challenges I have in art are composition, scale, and creating my own style. I want create my own style. That is the main thing I would like to learn.
I have taken the Drawing Academy course a few years ago. This course taught me so much, I can’t begin to tell you all I learned from that course. So I do keep up with all you are offering now.
Orange Is The New Black
This is my first monochromatic painting, which was inspired by Anders Zorn. He was one of Sweden’s foremost artists (1806-1920). I always admired the magnum opuses of the old masters as well as Zorn. They are a continual source of inspiration.
Drawing (and painting) was, like in the case with many folks, my number one priority in childhood and it did not leave me. My art teacher wanted me to attend the academy. However, somehow I ended up with different careers. So when I finally came to my “senses” in the true sense, I found myself to be a rather poorly equipped in my knowledge of art craftsmanship.
I was very glad to have found both the Web Art Academy as well as the Drawing Academy.
The piece is an unfinished study idea dealing with our social stigma between beauty, age, and trying to keep youth. We struggle to be young and race against time.
I’m art college trained and have drawn and painted since I can remember…
My progress I have been working hard and there is some struggle. The good news is that I understand more and more about the concepts of preparing the drawing by setting boundaries, measuring, getting the proportions before launching onto creating the image. I am a kind of impulsive person and I would always just start and let the pencil go. I am seeing that with the rules of the portrait there is an ease of execution that comes after that, and it relieve quite a bit of stress in the midst of the drawing and reduces the amount of erasing I used to do. Here’s my very first portrait. My friends asked me and I was happy to give it a shot…
A sketch from my imagination
First I have to thank you for this wonderful website, I’m very glad that I’m a member here.
As a college student, I don’t have as much free time to draw as I wished I had, so it is great to have a life-time Drawing Academy membership.
Sketch by Michaela, Drawing Academy student
I was playing a bit with perspective and drew our entrance. I did the piece twice, the first I drew with pencil, with the second, I tried ink. The pencil drawing turned out very linear. As a contrast, I wanted to get something like a tunnel-effect with my ink-drawing.
I liked to draw with ink, although it is not forgiving, so I had to work very concentrated.
I hope I made no mistake when constructing perspective! Your critique is much appreciated! As mother of two, I don´t have as much free time to draw as I wished I had, so it will take me longer to complete the course.
Artwork by Marianne, Drawing Academy student
A lifetime aspiration
I was in the middle of a crisis, feeling that I was about to give up drawing and painting. The reason was that despite a certain natural ability I had never acquired any technical skills to elevate my level. All my projects got stuck at a point and I was unable to achieve what I had in mind.
As an example of this, I am sending a sketch I made long time ago of our dog as she was “sunbathing”. I was interested in bringing out the shadows of objects in the room projected on the wall and the figure: Unable!
Browsing the net as a last resort I came across the Drawing Academy page. I simply loved the sample materials.