Years ago, in the mostly undocumented, pre-blog era, I decided I was going to start painting models with oils.
In a fit of enthusiasm, I went to a hobby store and bought a few tubes of horse colored paint. I also bought some books, but I'm not sure that I actually read them.
Not surprisingly, things did not go well. I had no idea what I was doing and used way too much paint and no driers at all. My horse was wet for more than six months. Eventually, I wiped her off and finished her in pastels.
In a fit of frustration, I gave the paints away. That was that until 2011, when Jennifer Scott graciously allowed me to watch her work.
I learned a lot that day and immediately started making plans to revisit the whole oil painting thing. But... days turned into weeks and weeks turned into months and months turned into years and somehow it was 2017, and I still hadn't done one thing to advance my oil painting career.
"This is ridiculous," I told myself. "It's time to put up or shut up."
And thus, NaMoPaiMo was born.
In the last couple weeks, I've dusted off and actually read those books.
I've bought a whole new set of oil paints, this time with driers.
I've also selected and mostly prepped a victim.
I have a long and mostly bad history with finishwork in general and oils in particular. Still, I am cautiously optimistic that this is actually going to happen. Can it be February already? I am eager to see how things turn out!