For many artists, working in a single medium is popular and regularly practised. There is no doubt that many of these artists become experts in what they do. Careful selection of each subject will (usually) result in success. Choosing what ‘works’ with a particular medium is vital as each have their own characteristics.
For nearly 25 years I have almost exclusively worked with coloured pencils. I only paint what I know will work as this medium has its limitations.
Lately I have started to ‘drift’ in regards to mediums. I’ve worked in oils, acrylics, oil pastel and now soft pastels, while still maintaining my interest in coloured pencils, the latter because of 2 paintings that I am currently working on along with a series of pastel landscapes.
The reason for this ‘departure’ is due to change in my approach to my art. I’m now basing all my work on “ideas first, medium second”. I want all my work to be ‘about something’, not ‘of something’.
Once I have an idea I then choose the appropriate medium. If I can’t decide, then I leave it and move to something else.
Maybe it’s time to work with several mediums if it’s appropriate.
Today’s photos show what’s happening in my studio this week. I have 3 paintings ‘on-the-go’, two in coloured pencil, the other in soft pastel.
I have included a detail from each painting and as you can see, they are very different from each other.
I do enjoy variety!