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on: October 29, 2017, 09:31:44 AM
Greetings everyone!

I'm Mark, and I live in Texas. I became a member of PB in September of 2016 after doing research for online watercolor painting and art tutorials. I stumbled upon PB, and was quite impressed with the classes offered here. I've also found the friendliness and encouragement I've seen while "trolling" (reading) the forum since last year quite impressive.

Anyway, after using the left-side of my brain for my entire adult life, I am ready to explore my creative side and see what the right-side of my brain can do. I've been wanting to take up watercolor painting for the last seven years, but as life would have it, I never quite had (lets just say, made) the time to pursue it (I was quite busy teaching myself to play guitar). I also have an interest in drawing after having read the awesome book by Betty Edwards called "Drawing on the right side of the Brian" a few years ago. Taking up drawing as  a brain exercise really intrigued me.

After reading forum post from Nolan and Dennis about how important drawing is to the foundation of all art, that really stuck with me, so I decided to get serious and purchased the drawing course. I purchased the drawing course in September of 2016 with high hopes of teaching myself to draw. Yep, again, I never quite had (lets just say, made) the time to do the course.

This brings me to now. After a year of seeing all the great progress various PB members have been making in their own drawing journey, that motivated me to finally get serious and "re-start" my own journey. I'm at day four in the drawing course and building up momentum to steam ahead. I'm looking forward to each days' lesson. Having not really done much in art in the form of drawing or painting since high school (many moons ago), I'm taking the course at a slower pace than the day at a time. I really want to get the most out of it and build a solid foundation of skills. I'm hoping that by being an active member of the PB family, it will encourage and motivate me to continue my journey of becoming the artist I want to be.

As for what interest me. Currently, I'm interested in landscape and impressionism. My medium of interest is graphite, watercolor, and acrylic. I also have an interest in stained glass, but that's a discussion for another day. I hope to progress on to the painting classes after obtaining skills in drawing. I'm in no hurry though, and I'm in this for the long haul.

Thanks for reading, and sorry I was a bit long winded. I'm looking forward to participating in the PB forums, learning from you guys, and sharing my progress.


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Reply #1 on: October 29, 2017, 10:58:24 AM
:bigwelcome: from the "shadows" Mark. ;D

I am glad you have decided to get into high gear because you are going to love drawing



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Reply #2 on: October 29, 2017, 11:25:50 AM
Hello and  :bigwelcome: to PB Mark. Look forward to seeing your 'stuff' and making the journey along with you. You're going to love drawing and should you get stuck or have any queries there is always someone about to lend a hand and get you going again.  :heeha:

Welcome aboard and hope to see you about the forum.... some of us  :whistle: can use all the help we can get!  ;D
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Reply #3 on: October 29, 2017, 03:56:29 PM

So happy you are coming out of the shadows.  We are looking forward to seeing your work and following your progress. 

Please feel free to send questions.  We love  helping each other.

OK, let's see what ya got!


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Reply #4 on: October 29, 2017, 04:29:28 PM
So pleased that you have decided to get serious about drawing Mark. A great big warm  :welcome:  to our Paint Basket family and I can assure you, you will love the time spent here with us.  Just a warning, this site is addictive in a nice way.  Looking forward to seeing your progress and please don't be shy, if you need help just give a shout and someone will come to your rescue.  Our tutors Dennis and Nolan are fantastic as are our members.

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Reply #5 on: October 30, 2017, 08:49:04 AM
Greeting and welcome Mark!  :painting: :painting:


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Reply #6 on: October 30, 2017, 12:44:20 PM
Welcome to the public side of PB, Mark! Do post your creations - the feed back you'll get from folks on this site will be so invaluable to your growth as an artist. Happy drawing!


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Reply #7 on: October 30, 2017, 08:58:34 PM
 :welcome: Mark, you have made the right choice in many ways. Enjoy the great ride  ;) :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Reply #8 on: October 31, 2017, 01:27:04 PM
 :thankyou: everyone for the warm welcome to the PB forum! I'm looking forward to my time here, and don't worry, I will have tons of questions to ask! And, I will post my progress as time permits.

Besides learning to draw, I think I'm going to be challenged with learning the in and out of using this forum as well.

I concur with everyone saying that this site is addictive. I've been addicted to it since I signed up. It feels good to be posting now, and officially starting on my journey. One of the reasons I purchased the Let's Draw course was all the positive feedback I read about how great Nolan and Dennis' teaching skills are.



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