I’m going through an intense time of discovery and exploration with my art work at the moment. It’s all I talk about (see here ).
As an emerging artist, I know I can sort of get away with swapping styles, playing around with different mediums and generally finding my way. I suppose what I’m worried about is that I read an article that mentioned when you start selling your art work, you should really have a recognisable style.
I already sell my art work. People like it and buy it. But I don’t want to appear scatter gun in my approach, yet I need to go through this exploration. And actually, I’m sure that being the sort of person I am, I’ll always want to try something new.
This is how my easel looked today. Three canvases in varying states of abstraction and finish, painted in oils with the same palette. One of them I know I love, the other two the jury is out.
Then I have four postcard size acrylics on water colour paper. Again, they all share the same colour palette, but they vary in composition, and they were the result of an exploration I did (post coming soon on that). I love pretty much all of them, and I loved doing them.
And neither of these sets of paintings are like my other work.
This perception I have, of “considered” exploration, is beginning to weigh me down a bit. I just don’t want to put my stake in the ground regarding style, and I’m not sure that I ever will.
My husband (I should listen to him more), said perhaps I should set myself an exploration project for the next three months. Rather than trying everything in the hope that I find my “thing”, just focus on something and stick with it for a pre-determined length of time. I do like this idea. But what if I find it leads me down rabbit holes and a totally different direction again? What if I never fully explore what I set out to?
Why am I struggling with this! Arghghg!