As a self-taught painter, I've needed to learn about my materials on my own. Of course, artists with an official education learn on their own, too, but they are often steered in certain directions based on the advice they receive from their professors and fellow students. I get some advice as well, but most of my contacts don't use oil a lot. One uses acrylic but mostly does engravings, another is an oil-pastelist, and another still works with knives. In short, there's only so much one can read without actually getting to work, and that's exactly what I've done.
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