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Finding your style

Updated: May 12, 2021

"What is your style?" Wow, that is a tough one. The truth is most of us (artists) have an identifying style, even if we don't see it. For me it is bright and non traditional colors. For instance, who doesn't need a purple rhino in their life? Seriously... who?

I think finding your style and loving it, only comes after producing lots and lots of work. LOTS. Of course, we all have heroes. Whether your heroes are contemporary artists or the masters, study their work. Paint subjects you like in their style and, in time, your own twist on things will emerge. In car racing, we call it "seat time" You have to spend lots of time in the seat of that race car to find "your line". It is the same when you have a paint brush in your hand. JUST PAINT. Really, it doesn't matter what you paint, at the beginning... it just matters THAT you paint. The process is the important thing, not the end result. The road traveled is what matters. The destination, well, let's just say "sometimes you are the windshield, and sometimes you are bug. Ha Ha. Seriously, paint something every day. If you can't do that or aren't ready to make that big of a commitment, paint something every week. AND, carry a sketchbook.... Repeat... Carry a Sketchbook. In reality there is much down time in your day that you don't even realize. Why not spend it sketching or writing the great ideas that travel through your head. In time, you will look at your work and say, "Hey, my style is....." And then, when you get comfortable, push that style into something new. Art is a process, not an event, and it should change and grow just like you do. xoxo

Cheers, Julie

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