Oil Paintings by Elizabeth Tucker
I started painting and drawing in my late 40’s after my husband, out of the blue, gave me an easel. It went in to the basement. Then he gave me money for art classes. OK….Why not give this a try. I’d always worked with my hands and loved art history so in I dove. It was life changing.
I quit my job and took classes and have never looked back.
I am completely drawn toward a traditional approach and went to a traditional art school but I didn’t learn grisaille and other aspects of old master style painting. It was mostly alla prima. What I learned after school I got from books and on-line.
Art is a MAJOR part of my life. I paint and draw almost every day and I teach painting and drawing. I also run an art group which has over 40 members. What I want to learn are methods that I can not only practice but become completely fluent in so I can pass those traditions on to other students.
Challenges….Isn’t that carrot always just out of reach?! I want to see more clearly more quickly. I want my draughting skills to be truly excellent so I can get the big idea down more quickly and accurately.
When I see beautiful drawings and painting from any of the old masters I see poetry in their forms. I want that in my work. And I would like to draw hands and the back of the torso well.
I don’t know enough about Old Masters Academy to give a fair answer, but I do know that on-line classes are an extraordinary gift for anyone who wants to learn and can not get to a traditional school, and/or who wants to add to what they are already learning in school. We are so lucky to have teachers willing to devote their time and knowledge. I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to log in whenever I want to see how someone else approaches a particular challenge.
I would love to win the Old Masters Academy course so I can get better. I love to learn. And I’m disciplined I’m sure that’s why most of us are applying. But I also would like to win so I can share more knowledge with my students.
My grandmother used to say that if we had a good book we would never be lonely. I’ve added to her thoughts by saying if you have pencil and paper you also will never be lonely as there are things to draw and paint everywhere.
I hope you will vote for me. I will pay it forward, I promise.