I created this video after reading an article in The Artist Magazine's March 2013 issue by Haidee-Jo Summers called 'Find your own style' its a good read as it talks about all the processes you have to go through before you begin to develop your own style.
For the last year I have really been working on what it is I do because before I head off to any more galleries I feel I need to know for myself. By putting together this video it has highlighted the process that alot of artists go through while they are searching for that thing that sets them apart from others.
When you decide you are going to be a painter what you paint and how you put that paint down is what gives you your style. But with so many influences from other artists past and present it is so very tempting to try and be like them because if they are a success then surely it should follow that you will be too?
But it is what is in your heart , those things you are passionate about that make you eventually stand out. It is a long journey to get to that point so we find ourselves playing it safe and creating work that is not much different to anyone else.
By the end of last year I realised that I was indeed a landscape painter and changed all my profiles to say just that. Before that I was edging my bets with a flimsy semi abstract title. Because I wasn't ready to place myself in any category.
The video is exciting for me as it quickly shows me that I have come to a point now where all my abstract experiments and landscape doodles have merged. The use of tissue paper for texture and blending of colour for the under painting is a direct result of a year of playing with paint. The series of works for various exhibitions have been brilliant at exploring how to paint towns and weather effects. Now I am putting both together to create my style.
Not every painting is a good result some are awful and some have been given away! But that's another lesson for me don't expect that every time you sit down you are painting something for somebody to buy. Now every time I sit down I am painting something for me to learn by.
In Hadiee-Jo Summers article she suggests asking others what they think of you, if any of you has time I would like to hear what you think the answers to these questions are.I don't care if your feedback is good or bad as all feedback even negative is valuable.
- What kind of paintings do I do?
- How would you describe my work?
- What are my strengths?