I'm a family nurse practitioner working in a busy emergency room so I needed some kind of relaxation. I took some drawing classes in the 1980's during college but I've never had any formal training in painting. I love art and how a simple drawing or painting can excite me or make me want to look at it over and over. I've recently started painting and I found this site. I thought I could get some good advice on how to improve. I love the way I feel when I'm painting...the whole world disappears and I'm in my own space loving life.