When I took my first art class in middle school, I didn't think it was going to be something I enjoyed doing outside of school. I wasn't very good at it at first, but as I took more and more art classes through out the years, I got better and began to enjoy painting. When I painted on my free time, it became something that was relaxing for me. Back at home, my mother kept my assignments and made a little art gallery in the hallway. I haven't had much free time to paint recently, but the picture on the right is my most recent work. It's what I think the night sky looks like on another planet. During the summer, I plan to start back up again to decorate my apartment. Hopefully one day, I'll have the skills to replicate a Bob Ross painting!
The methods and mediums used by painters have evolved. There is also different types of paint for artist to use for their artwork. Some of the more popular types of painting are oil, acrylic, watercolor, gouache, and pastel. I have only worked with acrylic and pastel paints. Acrylic is one of hte most cost-effectie paints which makes it a go-to choice for most painters. It also holds up better than oil over time. Working with pastels, however, is very different. It is almost like chalk and there is no drying time! Art works made with pastels are fragile as the pigment can lift so paintings should be preserved by being framed under glass.
Going forward, I'd like to start working with watercolor since it is used by artists to create various styles of art, like realistic portraits and washed out landscapes. I would also like to work with oil paints like the great Bob Ross. Oil paint dries slow and allows artists to take their time and create textured effects because of it's thick consistency. However, it can be messy to work with.