I don't know if it is because I studied artists as an A level subject but I know I have always loved visiting galleries and studying the state of art. Of course, the artist is a big contribution to what is chosen to be depicted on their canvas, but so does the world around them.
Oil paintng is something that has either brought out the worst in a person, or the best in them. It has this enchanted way of heightening emotion and colour. This could be due to the thickness of the oil paint and how difficult it is to manipukate on the canvas. I have only dealt with water colours and coloured markers - Yes, I haven't touched any art supllies since about Year 10 GCSE art. I am not one to label myself an artist, as I cannot even draw to save my life, but I do somehow tend to experiment with colours in my head and when I put it on paper, I am shocked at the result.
Sat here, staring at the plain white canvas I bought from Pullingers art supply shop and Lord knows, painting was not on my to-do list- food shopping was, butsomehow art shopping got on there. I have been telling myself I will paint again, I want to hold a paint brush, have tubes of paint and let my subconcious do the directing of the hands.
Honestly, as I painted I had Expressionist artist, Van Gogh in my head, that's possibly why I chose such dark tones and infiltrated the canvas with aggressive brush strokes. I feel a sense of accomplishment, I am no artist by trade but I had the freedom to put down a feeling, more of an emotion onto canvas. Looking at it now, I see it on the wall of my room accompanied with a black and white photo of Audrey Hepburn.
I still don't know if this brought out the worst or best in me, but I see it as the best of both worlds. Do not try oil painting without putting on the least valued clothing item in your wardrobe because I now have a wonderful white t-shirt with blotches of paint patchwork!!!