I'm realizing now that may have been a rash statement and a stretch for me to accomplish. In fact my goal was probably off a bit in more ways than one. I want to learn how to paint with oils - to paint really well with oils. More often than not, I've been frustrated with the way the paintings have been turning out - so much so, I haven't even bothered to post them and the whole process has left me rather deflated and questioning everything. That isn't a good creative place to be in.
My art has always been a source of joy for me and I don't want that to change and I was getting bogged down in what I wasn't accomplishing - the 100 paintings. It was making me crazy! So instead of agonizing over the commitment and struggling, I'm going to get back to pastels and graphite on a regular basis and concentrate on doing those really well. Then look around to see about taking some oil painting classes, find a good "how to book" and/or mentor and do the oils on the side, as a hobby so to speak - at least until I get better. Any suggestions on good books etc. let me know.
So after re-thinking what I was thinking, I sat down and did this little pastel, similar to the one oil I tried to do, and I feel so much better now.
The Hay Field
8" x 6" Original Pastel