Oil Painters use a medium that they add to the paint to change or enhance its qualities. Throughout history, different artists have used different mixtures or ingredients in their mediums. Many were closely guarded secrets. Over time the mediums used by certain artists have been imbued with a mythical, holy grail-esque status. Artistic prowess was condensed and credited to the alchemy of the medium. I too fell victim to the search for the long-lost secret medium that would transform my paintings. I did not like the way I painted, I did not like that all my paintings for some reason looked like I had painted them. I knew that if I could only find the secret medium used by a particular artist that I would unlock the secrets of their paintings and my work would be transformed. I tried to be everything other than what I was not knowing that it was an impossible quest. I believed that the secret lay in the medium. I tried many different “lost” mediums and created my own but I never did crack the mystery of how to make my paintings not look like my paintings. The secret was not to be found in any medium. The secret was no secret at all. I still enjoy learning about and experimenting with different mediums and learning new effects and new ways of paint application. No matter how the medium changed the common denominator remained the same. The search without is always just a symbol for the search within.