Trial and Error
In the early 70s when I was an undergrad my most wonderful boyfriend once commented that the University wasn't teaching oil painting. He thought it was a terrible disservice to all Fine Arts students. I just rolled my eyes. Only old people painted with oils. Real artists used acrylic paint.
And in those days I wanted desperately to be an artist. i just didn't want to put any time into actually doing art. I was young, I had nothing to say and was far more interested in socializing and sex.
Now that I am old I have lots to say but I know nothing about oil painting.
So dear Evan,
you were totally right.