Rising to the challenge…Rooooar!

I purchased my first set of Artist’s Loft oil paints on Friday, June 30th at Michael’s. Since I started painting, I have always played it safe with acrylic paint. After being comfortable with acrylic, I felt I needed a change, but more so a challenge. I wanted to see how well I could paint with oil paint without driving myself crazy with frustration.

To my delight, I did not encounter much difficulty with the oil medium. Within minutes of arriving home with my “new toy” as I like to refer to my art supplies every time I make a new purchase, I went to work. I painted a lion and left it to dry for two days. After the painting was dry, I proceeded to add the background details such as the rocks, the river, and the trees.

After staring at the finished product, I decided to name it “Rising to the challenge” as the lion represents strength. The rocks which represents the lion rising to the challenge of conquering the jungle.

This metaphor also represents me as the lion as I took on the challenge to try a new form of art medium and pushed myself to paint a somewhat complicated work of art.

As for you reading this, always keep in mind the only thing that can stop you from doing something or trying something new is yourself, but more specifically your fears, your thoughts, your worries, basically your frame of mind. Simply shift all of your doubts and negative thoughts to positive thinking and you shall succeed!

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