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Subject: anyone paint?
Date Posted: 6/28/2008 6:28 PM ET
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I took some watercolor classes and painted on and off for 3-4 years.  I just finished a 12 week oil painting class.  I think i like oil's better.  Well it's easier to mix colors anyway.

Date Posted: 7/3/2008 2:06 AM ET
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I dabble in acrylic. It's not the medium for me though, which I'm aware. Someone I know suggested water based oils to me, and they sound interesting.

Enjoy your painting!

Date Posted: 7/3/2008 4:29 AM ET
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Date Posted: 7/3/2008 12:54 PM ET
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Jan what kind of degree do you have?  I've always wanted to go into art therapy.  I'm probably too old to go back to school for that though. 

Date Posted: 7/3/2008 8:59 PM ET
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Date Posted: 7/5/2008 12:29 PM ET
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Jan your post was very motivating.  I think I'll start researching areas that don't require a degree. 

I'm also going to get the book right away. It sounds like it's perfect for where I'm at right now.

I have so much admiration for people with MFAs.  I have wanted to go to "art school" since about 6th grade. Of course my family didn't have the money or the knowledge of the financial aid process.  When I finally went on my own, I chose accounting thinking i would be practical.   Not very fullfilling! 

How long did it take you to get your MFA?  How and when did you realize that's what you wanted to do?

 

Valerie your beads are beautiful!  I have a friend that makes a lot of jewelry. I'm going to show her your site.

Date Posted: 7/11/2008 6:29 AM ET
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Valerie, everyone I talked to said water-based oils aren't that good. Be careful of using a medium where, if your painting doesn't turn out too well, it might be more because of the bad supplies than that you lack ability.

Oh it's not that I have bad supplies or lack the ability. I do know good from bad, lol! It's just not the thing for me. I've dabbled in a lot of mediums, but acrylic is just one of those that doesn't "do" it for me. Pencil, clay, ink, pastels...those do it for me, but unless I'm using the acrylics as a wash or something I just don't get the mojo going that I normally do with other mediums. Oh, and I don't use the craft acrylics or anything! I've got the good stuff. I wonder why others have said the water based oils aren't good. My biggest problem is that acrylics dry SO fast, even with an extender (but I'm in AZ, so that may be part of it).

You mentioned you taught the wet on wet techniques and that is what I think I want out of acrylics. I don't want to do oils though because of the clean up.

And thanks Shelia for checking out my beads! They are my numero uno passion. :)