Which medium to paint with?
In the past, I used to paint with OIL paints exclusively. It was a medium that I was introduced to in the one-year art course that I did in my early twenties. Stretching my own canvas, priming it with gesso, mixing oil paints on a pallet, the smell of turpentine penetrating the air. These were my first painting sessions. Until today I love painting with oil paints. They dry slowly so you can keep working all day on your canvas. There is a huge selection of beautiful colors and hues. And the painting will last for a long time. But after a while, I started to think about using a NEW MEDIUM. I was wondering which medium to paint with next.
You have to move very quickly
So what made me start painting with ACRYLICS? It was an online art class by Carla Sonheim. As part of some of our assignments, we were to experiment with new techniques. Watercolors, gouache, and acrylics. So these were the new paints that entered my paintings and I actively use them until today together with the oil paints. Watercolors and gouache I have combined with ink in my Improvisation Paintings series. And ACRYLICS became the only medium that I have been using for a new Abstract Landscapes series. Because compared to oil paints acrylic paints dry fast you have to be very quick when painting. And that introduces a new approach to creation. It is in some way more spontaneous.
Adding different media to ACRYLICS can prolong the drying time and also add more weight to the paints. I must admit that the pigments of acrylic paints today are much higher quality than I remember from the past. The resulting paintings have a vibrant and modern look. So now I am truly in love with these beautiful pigments and their thick texture.