It has been said that the gallery Franz Kline worked with, one night went to his studio and removed all the house paints he was using by replacing them with Windsor and Newton paints. When he found out the next morning he threw
the paint in the rubbish went back to the hardware store and bought more house paints. I could mention a bunch of other artists who have done similar things, but for now I'll just be talking about my own experience as an artist.
First and foremost, be honest with your work, with what you're creating...I truly believe that honesty can be felt just by looking at the colours, texture and composition, I experience that many times with artists i admire and believe that to be a rule for all to follow. Paint for yourself and not what people may expect of you or your work, MONEY always gets in the way and that's were the problem starts for most of us artists. I refuse to be told what to use, paint or follow any
rules... to me rules are meant to be broken, I use whatever is at hand, and when i say whatever i really mean it... don't let anything get in your way, use your imagination. Any technique should be considered, no matter how crazy.
A piece of art can be half finished and laying somewhere just waiting to be found or simple to be put together (that's of course if you are an assemblage, sculpture or installation artist) but the same principal applies to painting as well. It has been many, many times in the past i didn't have any money to buy paint or even crayons, pencils and i had to come up with ways of keep working on ideas. I would pick up anything that could be used...house paints, Permanent markers, felt pens, magazines with hard covers, drawer bottoms for the plywood, A4 size card envelops, news paper, even hardware store catalogues... etc, etc... That believe it or not STILL happens to this very day, all i care is the end product and not what it as been made of or what materials have been used. In fact my favourite paintings are the ones I've created using the craziest of media and techniques. Even the bits of paper that have paint on them are sometimes used as a collage to create another piece, you never stop, you just keep at it regardless of rules. As i said before FUCK the rules and let your imagination take over, work with a child's mind you been there before, all you need is to just recapture those same moments when you didn't care how you painted the things you saw and the materials you've used.