I started the traditional way with oils.. but it just took too long to dry. The purists would say that to be an artist you have to be able to use oils and use them well. I tried, and I was happy with the results.
By the way, my dad is ex-Indian Air Force and as a result I have had the privilege of traveling through pretty much the length and breath of this wonderful country. But, my stay at Barmer was the best, the colours still stay with me and I guess always will!