Artwork by Alexis Chontos
Although I’m not a grandmother, and only 71 (Grandma Moses – aka Anna Mary Moses – started painting at 76), I have long been interested in art and in painting. I enjoy visiting art museums and, by close observation of the paintings, try to learn something new about the creation process at every visit. For example, I’ll study how water and waves are handled by particular artists, or I’ll study how the drape of fabric is handled, etc.
As the years have gone by, I have developed an increasing interest in art … the creative process, marketing, appraisal, collecting, and so much more! Being interested in painting, however, and actually having time to paint, though, are two different things. Working full time for most of my life allowed me only occasional opportunities to take “adult learning” classes now and then, which provided me with brief snatches of time to paint. As time goes on, I have increasingly become interested in painting and beginning a new mini-career for myself. I very much welcome a new learning opportunity!
My primary artistic challenge is a physical challenge … maintaining a steady hand in control of the brush. My sister has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, and I can see early signs in myself as well. Beyond the physical challenge, I would say that my lack of formal training is another challenge, and, lastly, living on social security limits opportunities to formally take art classes, which definitely classifies as an artistic challenge.
What do I want to learn in art? – Anything and everything that I can, of course, but particularly portraiture.
The Old Masters Academy is a wonderful platform and opportunity to expand my artistic skills! The course gives an opportunity to develop new skills and hone old skills!
Why should people vote for me? – To show everyone that age is not a factor in developing and promoting your artistic skills!