Trying Other Mediums

We all gravitate to a particular medium, one that feels most comfortable and helps us "express"  ourselves better.  We can also get into a rut with that favorite medium, periods when inspiration dries up and it's hard to pick up the brush.  So instead of trying to find some other distraction, try another medium.  I find painting outside with pastels a great change of pace.  It's a quick response medium to the colors I'm seeing .  Also more color mixing right on the image instead

of a palette, allowing colors to be very immediate and intense.  Watercolor outdoors also jars a different part of my brain, taking me from opaque chunks of color to subtle transparent washes.  I'm still looking for the same results as I am in oil but using a different thought process.

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