Painting by Carinnes Dumont
Four years ago (I was then 53) I considered to devote my life to the art, my children had moved, and I was alone. After long consideration, I decided to leave my home, children and family, friends, my familiar life, and devote myself to making art.
Soon, however, all kinds of difficulties arose, so I had to stop my studies in the local academy of my new residence. Chronic fatigue caused my self-confidence to be completely gone. Stubbornly I continued drawing and painting, I refused to let go of my passion, the only thing that could color my gray days.
I started the Carravagio as an exercise for my daughter, but I have to leave it unfinished. Without professional help I’m afraid to mess it up: I feel a lack of good education.
Through art I want to convey the message never to give up, how dark and heavy the road is.
During my search on the internet for the right techniques of the old masters, I found the Old Masters Academy. For me, it’s the only way to understand and apply the techniques of the old masters, something learned in only few academies.
My big dream is an exhibition of my work. If you like to help my dream come through, I will be very thankful for your vote.
I read what you wrote, and I wonder who asked you to make a reproduction of these dimensions with such a great degree of complexity and difficulty, it’s not a job for the student level, it’s normal to get exhausted and loose confidence! …. greetings !
Thanks for your reply.
It was my youngest daughter who asked me to do this painting because she loves this painting very much. She studied art sciences and I told her about the Rembrant I made in the academy. Of course I made the Carravagio much smaller, but my goal was to learn the technique. I struggle very much with the tecnhnique with the underpainting and building up the layers. I ‘ve studied oilpainting in my younger years, but this techniqueI is not educated here.
I agree it is very complicated, but it is a help for my confidence to do this work.
Maybe it was not very clear, but I lost my confidence many years ago, and it is the reason why I started painting again. Because of the chronic fatigue I do not have a normal everyday life, there is no choice but to slow down. That’s why I miss challenges to feel good about myself.
Art gives me the challenge to get better, try better techniques, and ask little physical effort. When I see the smile on my daughters face looking at the (unfinishid) painting, it just makes me happy and give me the courage to finish it further.