Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Back to school!

I'm going back to school.

Art school. I'm "attending" through Virtual Art Academy, which a friend of mine told me about. As soon as I looked it over I knew I wanted to follow this course of study for my painting. For quite some time I've looked at paintings that seemed to have a quality to them I wanted to have in mine, but didn't know how to achieve it. I've taken lots of workshops, read lots of books (probably not enough) and studied on my own as well as with mentors. All of that has helped me immensely but there seems to be too many gaps in my education. Having taken up painting later in life, I sometimes feel that I'll never catch up to wherever I think I would have been, had I pursued this path right out of school. I like to study and often have wished I could go attach myself to an atelier somewhere. But that just isn't realistic for me. Needless to say, I'm very excited to be following this course of study. Maybe you're like me and would like further study. And I'll be posting some of my completed lessons here as well as more paintings that will hopefully show the results of my study. 

I'm also a bit of an instigator in the sense that I often try to get all my friends on board with whatever I'm doing, so possibly a few of them will take up this course too and we will be able to discuss the lessons with each other. If you decide to take it let me know, it would be great fun to hear from you.

3 comments:

Stephanie said...

That is so exciting, Ginny! I have often considered workshops and online courses. I would love to join you in your venture, and may just tag along come fall after our daughter's wedding is paid for. Best of luck to you -- your work is already outstanding, I can't wait to see what more you come up with!
~Steff

Ginny said...

Thanks Steff. I hope you do tag along this fall! It would be great fun. A couple of my painting buddies are thinking about it too. We could talk about it together. There is an online discussion aspect to the course also.

Dianne Parker said...

Hi Ginny,
I just discovered your blog and am a late blooming artist myself. I have been doing a little oil painting after taking a week long workshop but am overwhelmed. I am very interested in the virtual art academy. Do you still like it? I am considering the beginner course. Were you able to find a good instructor? What tips do you have for going with this course?
Dianne

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