|'A Day to Remember' 5x7 oil on panel ©Karen Margulis purchase here $100|
So now some have asked me why now? Why am I giving oils a try. What was it that made me do it? I mentioned in an earlier post that I felt left out at the plein air convention. The majority of the artists were painting in oils... but I had been toying with the idea before that. I made excuses that I just didn't have room to set up another easel and I didn't have time to practice oils and do my pastels. How could I make excuses! I realized that I give my students the advice to practice with daily paintings and yet I wasn't practicing what I was preaching! I have now made space and made time for practicing with oils and so far I am loving it.
What have I learned? That is yet to be discovered. Each day and each painting is a new adventure. It doesn't matter if they turn out. It just matters that I cannot wait to get down into my studio each morning to work on my daily oil. I am painting in my sleep even! I am sure that I will realize the benefits of learning a new medium and how it might improve my pastels but for now the best thing that has happened to me is this wonderful giant spark of excitement to paint. And that was worth waiting for!
What are your thoughts or experiences with trying a new medium? How has it helped you improve your work?