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Review and artworks from Lindsay Gordon, Drawing Academy graduate

I am a 77-year old male retiree who has been searching for an activity that is creative and fulfilling in my twilight years. My home is in Melbourne, Australia but I am currently staying with my daughter for three months in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

I have been quite creative with my photography over many years but found it a little too easy to produce very good results. After retiring several years ago I took up wood-turning and produced many very nice pieces but had to give it up because it was so messy in a home environment and became quite dangerous when I developed shaking hands as a side effect of medication for a mild heart condition. What both wood-turning and photography showed me is that I do have a bit of a creative streak in me.

Review and artworks from Lindsay Gordon, Drawing Academy graduate

I was lead into drawing through being introduced to a book entitled something like “How to Draw on the Right Side of the Brain”. Before starting the book I had no idea whether or not I could develop the skills I needed to produce drawings that I felt comfortable with. To my surprise I found that I could draw reasonably well but I became somewhat dissatisfied with my ability to finish drawings and to draw free-hand. I tended to become a bit of a copier rather than a creator.

Review and artworks from Lindsay Gordon, Drawing Academy graduate

In order to improve my skills, I searched for a teacher but found no one in my local vicinity who could or would teach drawing. The best I could do was to join a water colour class taught by one of Australia’s top water colour painters and teachers. I learned a great deal during the two years that I attended the classes. However my drawings were still not much better and my teacher was not good at teaching how to draw and paint portraits – a skill I wanted to develop from my photography and my exposure to the Dutch masters. As well as that I felt uncomfortable in a class situation. The two-hour sessions were too short, I found the unintended competitiveness intimidating and I found painting in water colours too imprecise and unpredictable for my liking. In spite of all that I really enjoyed drawing in ink and then using water washes for colour.

Review and artworks from Lindsay Gordon, Drawing Academy graduate

Review and artworks from Lindsay Gordon, Drawing Academy graduate

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During 2014 I started searching for a better learning environment. I searched the internet and came across the Web Art Academy site. Having been exposed to some really great paintings in Europe I was impressed with the concept of learning to paint in the style of the masters. It reminded me of a visit to the Salvador Dali museum in Spain many years ago when I discovered that his philosophy for learning art was along the lines of: “Learn to paint like the masters first and then you can do anything”.

Review and artworks from Lindsay Gordon, Drawing Academy graduate

Review and artworks from Lindsay Gordon, Drawing Academy graduate

Review and artworks from Lindsay Gordon, Drawing Academy graduate

Frankly, when I saw the subject matters of the first few Web Art Academy lessons I thought to myself there is no way I could produce anything like the quality that was portrayed. Oil painting was totally new to me. What I liked most was the lack of pressure and the clarity and logic of the lessons. I signed up for the whole course. In doing so I also noticed the Drawing Academy course which promised to be equally as good as the Web Art Academy. My belief is that both drawing and painting are complimentary so I signed up for that course too.

Review and artworks from Lindsay Gordon, Drawing Academy graduate

Review and artworks from Lindsay Gordon, Drawing Academy graduate

I have been a member of both academies for only a little over six months. To my great surprise and satisfaction my learning curve has been very fast and I am producing results both from the classes and from my own initiative that I am very happy with. I don’t have to impress anyone else and that is certainly not my aim. However I do have friends who have been artists and teachers of art for many years who are, frankly, astonished by my progress.

I have no wish to exhibit, enter competitions or sell my work but what I have found is a creative and fulfilling pathway to my future enjoyment. I have a long way to go but the beginning has been very promising and satisfying.

Review and artworks from Lindsay Gordon, Drawing Academy graduate

Thanks to the brilliance, methods and skills of Natalie and Vladimir I am now on the road to achieving what I set out to do but had no idea how to get there. What is also means is that once I have learned the basic skills I feel that I should then be able to develop my own style.

I have been recommending both Academies to my friends.

Thank you Natalie and Vladimir and the support team.

Very sincerely
Lindsay Gordon

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This Post Has 1 Comment

  1. maribell says:

    How good for you! I can tell you that is very refreshing to see how impressive your works turned out. It gives me a lot of encouragement and confidence on this academy. You also saved the best for last with that wonderful painting at the end of your post. I also thank you for showing a wide array of different drawings and for sharing that Dali’s quote! I only hope the best for you! Art makes the world a better place!

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