Lately I’ve been working with watercolor, and acrylics, and my subject is usually abstract. This time I decided to dig through all my supplies and find a small sample kit of Aqua-Oils to try. I’ve had them for a few years, and never even opened the box to look. This time it seemed appropriate to try a new medium. So off came their lids, out came the brushes, and the only thing that came to mind were more abstract flowers!
After painting with these oils for a while, I realized that I had a learning curve. The paints didn’t seem creamy like oils, and not as workable as acrylics, I felt like I needed to build the color to get the results I was looking for. Maybe they were a slight bit dried out, although they didn’t seem that way. but hey they were inexpensive and I’m trying something new.
When the whole thing was said and done, I think I just like plain old oils better. Many artists love Aqua-Oils, and don’t have any trouble with them. For some reason I didn’t find them as forgiving as oils, or acrylics. My purchase was small, and I certainly haven’t lost anything, so I’m happy I had the opportunity to use them. That being said, I still have quite a lot of those little tubes left, some of them without ever having had their tops off! So I will use them until they are finished, and keep trying to get them working for me.
After all….what is an artist to do?