This past week was the first week of the new semester and I am getting ready to start three art classes; 3D Design, Art History II, and Painting I. The class that I am most excited to get started with is my Painting I class. I am so happy to have a painting class this semester because while I enjoyed my other art classes last semester, the only studio art class I had was my drawing class and I would much rather work with a big paintbrush than a tiny little pencil.
I think that my biggest challenge in this class is going to be learning to work with oil paint. Up until this point I have only done about four oil paintings. All the rest of my work has been done in acrylics, which I have grown to really love. Many people dislike acrylic paint because of how fast it dries, but that is one of the reasons I like it so much. I like being able to paint over mistakes quickly and not worry about smudging finished work. I have gotten so used to this quality that during the few times I have used oil paint the slow drying time has tested my patience.
Oil paint is going to take some getting used to, but I am happy to finally have a chance to really adjust to it and learn more about it. One of the reasons I love painting so much is because of the history behind it and the fact that people have done it for so long. I am excited to learn how to use a type of paint that has been around for hundreds of years, unlike the more modern acrylics that I am used to.