View Full Version : Dabbling versus Specialising

10-20-2002, 06:36 PM
On daily scumble a few days ago (18th I think) Karen talked about jumping from one medium to another. Since I wasn't around then to comment, thought I'd start a new thread to share my experiences.

I used to be a total dabbler. I tried EVERYTHING! Over the years - pen and ink, oils, coloured pencils, watercolours, pottery, wood carving, spinning & weaving, fimo jewelery etc etc.

In the mid 80s I became hooked on wildlife painting in watercolour and decided that was my true passion. I decided that if I wanted to excel at it I had to stay focussed, - so for the next 16 years (yes, I did say sixteen years!) I did just that! Blinkers on - no dabbling. - and I've really loved it.

Last year I started to lose my momentum. Somehow the joy was fading and I had to force myself to paint. :(

Then in July this year I discovered pastels and all hell has broken loose. All my love and joy of painting has come flooding back. I'm a different person! - just leaping from one painting to another and my mind is racing :clap: - and not a bird or animal to be seen!

I know I'll go back to my watercolours sometime, but at the moment I'm obsessed!

BTW I have no regrets about those disciplined 16 years - I set myself a goal and I achieved it, - but now I'm ready to move on.


Minky :)

10-20-2002, 06:40 PM
The good thing with pastels *S* You can do both watercolors and pastels. *S* I just started using them about 6 months ago and started painting 2 year this January and started with oils. Now Pastels are my favorite.