If you are an artist, or are very close to someone who is, then you know that the options you have for materials are absolutely insane. There are dozens of choices of mediums and thousands of choices of brands that produce tens of thousands of different products in that medium. That’s not to mention solvents and thinners and on and on and on…..
I’ve worked in watercolor. I actually really like the way that watercolor looks when it is kind of unfinished around the edges.
I’ve worked in colored pencil. Way too tedious, but virtually no mess and very portable.
I’ve worked in acrylic. Wonderfully bright, extremely versatile and an absolute blast to play and experiment with.
I’ve worked with traditional oils. Incredibly rich and I loved that the drying time was so slow, plenty of time to work the paint. The mess though, oh myyyyyy GOD! Hated HATED HATED it. It would take me more than an hour to clean up.
At the time I was painting with oils, and getting super frustrated with the clean up, I was talking on an etsy forum with some other artists and someone suggested Holbein Duo Aqua Oils.
Form my birthday my father bought me a set. From the minute the paint brush dipped in the paint and touched the canvas, I was in love. I am still deeply in love with this paint. I do play with acrylics from time to time, but in my heart and mind, nothing beats Hobein Duo. Almost always end up partially covered in it, no matter how hard I try not to be.