Hi all, it’s Sunday, so here is today’s post.
In my last post I touched on how I have experimented for the last two years with some mediums and my continuing curiosity on more. Honestly, I am beginning to think I want to try new mediums just to see if I am good at using them straight away.
I truly do want to try oil and gouache at some point. Especially oil. For the texture and appearance I want to achieve in my Renaissance-y style ideas, oil paint is ideal. I am facing a couple problems to using it at the moment.
Firstly, I already own a bunch of other mediums. Watercolor, colored pencils, acrylic, alcohol markers, charcoal, and probably more that I cannot even recall right now.
Second, I live in a tiny apartment with my husband and child, and the fumes or smell of the oil will probably be a bother, or unsafe. Which leads me to an adjacent reason, I have no space to set up a canvas stand or where to dry paintings for extended times.
Lastly, I am not ready. I can barely make a decent sketch. To be a good painter, I have to first be good at drawing.
I am practicing on my drawing, but I am not going to lie, it gets a little discouraging that it looks elementary. By my age I should be a lot better. That ten year gap of not making art really just deleted my ability and skill to sketch at a decent level. But that’s okay, people begin making art at all ages, and ages older than mine too.
I will be consistent this year in making art and we will see what medium becomes my go-to. I will not punish myself for experimenting with them, as long as it brings be joy.
The process is enjoyable, and that is why we create anyway.