I started oil painting this past summer, and I wouldn't give it up for anything. It's my favorite time of the week. But, I LOVE watercolors!
I don't know if it all started here, but a few years ago I bought a set of Pottery Barn books (They make one for every room of the house. I highly recommend owning a set; there are a lot of basic design principles in them, and they are very user-friendly.). When I opened the living room book, I immediately wanted the sofa and the paint horse painting.
Incidentally, I've never actually been able to find a painting like this (Believe me, I've looked). I suppose I'll have to try painting a horse in oil myself (eek!).
So anyway, this turned me on to art - my favorite subject being animals. (I've already painted all my dogs.) Then, about 2 years ago I discovered the art of William Matthews. He says, "I've found that people tend to respond either to watercolor or to oil. I liked Wyeth, Sargent, Homer - for me it was always watercolor. That light touch. The transparency. The vulnerability of the medium."
I definitely want a copy of that first one, titled "Negotiations," to hang over a bed.
Taking painting lessons has definitely opened my eyes to the art world. Crazy as it sounds, I never cared that much for real art before (A print here. A print there. Just fill the space and make it look good). But as I've settled into my style, I've learned more about me and what I love. I'm not going to go crazy and spend lots of money on custom art, but I feel like I can finally appreciate it. It enhances a room so much, and, like my numerous collections, gives a house a personalized touch.