I won’t be able to post anything for about a week, so I figured I’d share something about myself through a stamp series I painted about 2 years ago! Even though I have grown and learned so much since then, they still make me proud because they resulted in me being an oil painter.
These three paintings were one of the first experiences I had with oil paint, and I got hooked. I’m so glad that I didn’t start with typical portrait/figure study painting. Starting this way lead me to work in the style I do now, and I think I would have felt too intimidated if I went a more traditional(realism based) route. It really helped me learn about the paint, which then made me more confident when I did go on to try traditional techniques. They also were the first pieces I got a lot of attention for, which is always encouraging.
The funny thing is, I can’t even tell you how many people have asked me(judgingly), “why would you work in oils when you don’t need to.” I think that question is just dumb, and I’ll just leave it at that!
More importantly, the answer: oil painting just makes me happy.
My point is, so many people have told me they are intimidated by different media (especially oils), but you shouldn’t feel pressured to use them in the way you’re “supposed to.” You never know what you’ll learn about yourself when you try something new, and do what makes you happy!