My name is Sean and i am 28 years old and i am looking for some advice on how to develop strong artist skills in my spare time.
I dropped out of a portfolio class when i was 18 for various reasons. The short of it was that i wasn't ready, committed or confident with my potential or person. Since then i have mostly worked in retail, obtained a degree in Philosophy and currently employed as a gardener. I also attend college part time completing my horticulture qualifications. The latter is an interest i have and for this reason i have been pursing it as a career.
I have long yearned for a return to art and i have always had a strong desire to produce creative work although i've never seemed to have the time to develop and produce anything. Recently i was inspired by an exhibition to act on this long held notion. I've only drawn sporadically over the years and never developed any painting skills. Recently, however, i've been a programme to teach myself the rudimentaries of fine art and hopefully i can build on this. I'm drawing 4 plus hours in the evenings and hoping to committ 10 plus at weekends.
I need advice on how best to develop strong skills independently. What should i focus on and how? There are no evening classes running in my area right now but i'm keeping my eye open. Also, is 28 too old to begin this and progress well enough to produce quality work? Any other advice would be appreciated too.