I finally managed to gather enough energy to start a painting! What's crazy is the sketch started on an 8x5in sized paper and I used the ol' grid technique to enlarge it to 11x9in. Fun times. But it's 12:30 at night and my eyes are shriveling up and trying to pop out of my head. That's what I get for wearing my contacts for days at a time. Hopefully tomorrow I'll be able to finish it and load a nice picture of the finished result.
One thing I failed to take into consideration is just how old my acrylics really are. I haven't really used them since my art classes at rowan two or so years ago. That's really bad, I know. Most of them are squeezing out of the tubes lumpy and separated. I'll have to buy some more tomorrow and see what I can salvage out of what I have now. One day I'll try oils, but I'm really a fan of acrylics. I hear that people love oils because they don't dry fast, so you can play around with the paint getting it just the way you like it. While that sounds all good and great, I actually like that acrylics dry so fast. I'm a fan of layering. Also, what's the deal with turpentine? Sounds messy and flammable. I like that my paint can come off with a bit of soap and water. Nice and simple. I don't have time for crazy.