About my struggle to choose an art medium.

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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.

2 thoughts on “About my struggle to choose an art medium.

  1. It doesn’t matter if you can’t draw well. Picasso could but he went completely the opposite direction with his art. Lowry couldn’t draw but still became famous with his stick figure paintings. I do however agree that while oil is a wonderful medium, you will need to leave it for days to dry so not good in a small apartment with a child. Gouache isn’t so much a problem but I didn’t like the colour selection in my starter kit.

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    1. Thanks for your feedback. I didn’t know that about Picasso. That’s so encouraging 💗. Yes gouach seems to favor flat/block art (which works for some). I’m gonna have to keep a Lowry in my purse to remind me he did it lol.

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