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fluffy black cat
01-24-2004, 01:34 AM
Ummmm well, not really sure if this is the right forum to post in, but I guess you might be able to help me..

I've tried lots of different mediums- pen and ink, graphite, pastel, charcoal, oils, watercolours, oil pastels, conte crayons, acrylics, etc.(I'm a curious person!) And my problem is, with the exception of acrylics (no offence to anyone :( ) I LIKE THEM ALL. I know of course that many artists use lots of different mediums, but it seems to me I should narrow it down to a few so I can really develop my skills in particular media. ???

Oh, I wish I had a thousand lifetimes to just learn and perfect each one!! This is REALLY painful. Does anyone have any advice? I'm sure some people here would have had to make some decisions (or maybe I'm just weird :( )

Any comments would really be appreciated!!!

01-24-2004, 09:01 AM
I'd say use them all separate or even together. I sometimes make things in a medium that I don't use so much just to give me some new ideas for the mediums that I know better. I don't think that there is a right or wrong way necessarily when using different media. Just have fun!


Eugene Veszely
01-24-2004, 09:11 AM
Use them all...eventually you might find yourself using something more than the others... :)

01-28-2004, 12:54 PM
fluffy--I'm like this--and I do not think it is a detriment. I understand that you probably want to concentrate in one area but apparently you are not ready since you "love" all these different things. I say work with everything you want. but if you really want to zero in consider what would you take with you to a deserted island (if you could only take one medium?) for me it would be oil paint. (even though I love it "all")

01-28-2004, 06:17 PM
Trying everything is half the fun! I have been happily working only in colored pencil for over a year after a year of trying everything.

I am going to have another try at oil paints. My son who is a painter finally offered to teach me. I am interested in doing some landscapes and cp is too slow for that and I don't need all the details.

Rose Queen
01-28-2004, 06:38 PM
Perhaps you're just a natural-born mixed media artist?

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Cadmium Jen
02-02-2004, 10:44 PM
I'm eclectic too! ;)

Use them all as you like, when you like. Eventually, one may choose you.

02-03-2004, 10:02 PM
IF you are lucky enough to be able to afford them all and can manage to create in them all

what's the question?


02-05-2004, 01:28 AM
I can only speak for myself. There are just so many different types of medium. Oil, acrylics, encaustic, pastel, watercolor, pencil, enamels, sculpture, airbrush, digital, graphite, tempera, Guache..... A long time ago, I narrowed it down to painting. first with tempera, then with oils, and acrylics. I have found a medium that works best for me, and that is oil. For a long time I tried to make acrylics look like oil, and then I had this idea; if I want to complete work that looks like oil, why not paint with oil, instead. It was a journey. Presently, I use graphite for drawing images, occasionally acrylics for thin underpainting washes, and then oil paint. I suppose this is mixed media. I think it is important for artists to try different things, and find what works. I have a friend who is a stone sculptor, and a painter, others who are primarily painters. My friend the sculptor once threw a piece of burlap at me and said "paint on this". I was skepticle, and told him that I though it impossible to paint on such a rough material. Well, I tried it, after preparing it of course, and was amazed. I have added it as one of my supports. My point is that I need to remain open to new things, even though I have formed a technique.

I remember a lecture in college, in a class which dealt with art of the Renaissance. The professor was going over some biographical material dealing with Michaelangelo, and stated that on his death bed, Michaelangelo stated that he wished that he had another lifetime, and stated "I have only begun to understand art." This has always stuck with me, especially when I view some of his later work, that appears rough, and unfinished, upon first observation, and incredible, after studying it for several minutes. The notion that he needed to create art not as a piece itself, but as a piece which relied on position and light, coupled with the physical piece. This is of interest to me, because he understood that art and artists evolve. he also used used many mediums, although he refused to consider oil paint.