My name is Kim and I live in Australia, I live with my husband and son and suffer from a chronic illness called Fibromyalgia which has seriously messed with my brain. Basically up until 11 years ago I lived almost completely in my left brain.... now I spend most of my time in my right brain and I've become so arty that I can't keep up with myself.

Depending on health and finances I get to every course I can get to because you never know when you’ll have an “ahh” experience and see what you do in a totally new light.  Although I love finding internet based courses because I can study at my own pace and it totally makes up for the fact that there are no real art courses locally.  For a few hours a week you can paint under supervision, but there's no real teaching or you can mentor but again, no real teaching about composition, colour mixing, etc

Although I've tried a few different things, eg henna art, I work as a Nail Artist but in the past year have been working towards large paintings (at least large when compared to the nail as a canvas).  My favourite kind of art is impressionism and I love working with oils

In the last week I came across this website http://willkempartschool.com/ and have absorbed everything that's free to access.  He makes it so easy to understand, keeps energy high and doesn't talk down or patronize you during the videos.


I'm saving up to start the paid courses, but here's my first Acrylic Lesson - Seascape

















Many Thanks


Dragonfly Kim

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Comment by Pat on December 14, 2014 at 4:32pm

Nice to meet you Kim. Nice job!

Comment by Jess on December 16, 2014 at 6:06am

How Lovely Kim! and its always nice to meet another Aussie! I often cruise youtube for free art lessons, quite often there will be a few free ones from good artists to help promote their paid courses, and you can never have too much learning in my opinion. All the best

Comment by Kim Oke on December 16, 2014 at 7:05am

I agree even basics can be taught in a new way to give greater understanding.

Comment by Rita Lulay Malsch on December 17, 2014 at 4:19am

Kim, I just read your blog. I can fully understand how difficult it is to have an illness. I went through this, too. Four years ago, I had to undergo my third spine surgery, which left me paralyzed from the hips down. Thank God that I kept on improving and I still continue to improve. My left leg has normal strength againbut my right leg is behind. For quite some time now, I'm able to walk with a walker. Since I spend most my time at home, cannot drive, painting has also become my way of life. This is quite therapeutic.

I think you have a great start with your art. You will continue to improve and enjoy your art. I wish you all the best.

Comment by dee harris on January 4, 2015 at 6:28pm

hi kim, welcome to tac. I sort of stumbled upon your blog and at the same time the will kemp site. have to say thanks. I'm teaching myself. so I always feel I'm missing or not covering something. when I get to new surroundings, I'm going to download the drawing and portrait painting courses. my house is continually tossed, so I was tangling to keep my foot in. but if my home is tossed, so is my brain. I need order or I'm scattered all around. these courses will be a good place for me to renew.  thanks for sharing.

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