While returning to plates has definitely felt like I'm in familiar stomping grounds, I have decided to step out of my comfort zone for at least part of the series. For the past few months I've been bumping up against the limitations of my usual medium, acrylic paint. Recently, I had an epiphany - my children are old enough now for me to be painting in oils!
My studio is in my home and so I've had to be careful these past few years because I have works in progress all over the place. When I realized I could leave wet paintings out if needed, there was no looking back.
I'm thankful for the tips and encouragement I've been getting too as I step out of my familiar patterns and grow in this medium. Already I'm loving the versatility that is so different from acrylic. Don't get me wrong, acrylic has been a great friend over the years and I will continue to use it in situations where it's strengths shine, I'm just so excited to be exploring and growing in my practice as an artist. Change is as good as a rest!