Artwork by Nancy Cebula
Art has been my go to since I was a kid. In Junior High School and High School the studio was where I was safe during those tumultuous years. I discovered I liked working with my hands, I liked the smells and getting messy, and I enjoyed the creative process. I love trying new ideas and discovering what works (and doesn’t work). My whole career was based on art as I was an art teacher and worked with all ages from kindergarten to undergraduates and even senior citizens.
My favorite thing is to create the space where others could stretch their creative muscles. It seems to me the challenge is to give up what you think you know and stay in a state of curiosity. Or another way to say it; don’t over think it, trust the process and myself or others in that process. I’m always asked what medium I work in primarily.
As a teacher I worked in a variety of mediums, acrylic, water color, pastels, pencils, charcoal, printing, and ink, however I personally have only one oil painting. I like working in any of those mediums. I would tell people that I raised four kids and oil paints were too dangerous. They involved too many chemicals and took too long to dry; acrylics were much safer with kids.
I always wanted to try working with oil paints. It seems to me that oil painting is the ultimate medium in the world of drawing and painting. I did take an oil painting class at a local art center, that’s where my one oil painting is from, and I’m sharing it with you below. Now, that longer working time, blending time, moving the paint around time, is appealing to me. Well the kids are grown and I am now able to devote myself to work in my studio. I would love to learn the skills and techniques for oil painting! The Old Masters Academy course is classical in it’s approach which makes sense when you are talking about the classical medium of oil painting. I always wanted to make a living as an Artist. That is the dream right? To get paid to do something you love to do!