Florence in love
Artwork by Lorraine Allen
I always drew when I was younger but stopped when I married. I had a senior post in a responsible job, was confident and independent but gave this up when I remarried to become a full time carer for my youngest son born with disabilities. Over time I felt myself eroding like a ghost. 30 years later needing to do something for myself I tried drawing again and found I couldn’t. The fact that my attempts were ridiculed spurred me on to persist and I realised there’s so much to learn.
I believed art was something that you had to have a talent for and couldn’t be taught but I was wrong. My son has also started drawing, we do it together. From feeling I had no role or identity art has given me a purpose and something to say.
I don’t just want to learn how to draw and paint, I want to be really good, not just technically but expressively. Art has been a lifeline to me, more than an interest as I feel aspects of myself that had been suppressed or that I didn’t know were there, developing. Certainly the process of creating has a psychological effect, drawing out thoughts, emotions, fears and hopes and, like dreaming enables you to put them in some kind of order or meaning.
My renewed interest started us visiting galleries and exhibitions which also helps to develop skills while showing just how far you have to go to reach your goal As someone who is unable to get out on a regular basis this course is fantastic.
From what I’ve seen it’s also one of the best and delivers all the skills i’d like to develop to become a fine artist.
I want to win the Drawing Academy course not only to develop as an artist but also to explore what else is there and how far I can go.
My drawing won’t be the best or most skillful which is why I feel I will profit most from winning it, after all why would someone need to do the course if they’re already skilled artists.