Have you ever had a sleepless night, or if you're like me up till the wee hours painting? If you answered Yes, you've probably seen an infomercial or 2. In that hour of t.v. magic you are convinced that you can have fuller /straighter/shinier/curlier hair, look 20 years younger, have sparkling floors and be 20lbs. lighter all for the low, low price of $19.95. Have you ever noticed the fine print? *Results are not typical! Do you know why that is? Because there is no magic pill, no magic product :( Just like everything in life it takes hard work and perseverance. I know not what you wanted hear!!!
I've recently been re-listening to the podcasts of Artists Helping Artists radio show. I've been listening to all of the artists interviews. Leslie and Dreama do a fantastic job of grilling, I mean politely asking, these artists those questions that inquiring minds want to know. Do you know what these artists have to say when asked the question, How does an artist find their artist style? These master artists, Kevin Macpherson, Scott Christensen, Greg LaRock, Carol Marine, Karin Jurick, etc. all had something to say. Guess what they all said, they all had a common thread--They just weren't that focused on finding a style!!! In fact some of them weren't even sure they had a style, that's right folks, these artists, that we love and adore and can spot one of their creations from a mile away, weren't even sure if they had a style!!! It just wasn't a priority!
What was priority was painting, painting with passion, painting what they wanted to paint and not what they thought would sell, and doing a lot of it. Painting miles, and miles of paintings, painting daily, just showing up and doing the work! Paint, Paint, Paint and then Paint some more, and guess what your artistic voice will emerge. Just like everyone has a unique fingerprint and their own unique handwriting, that style will emerge! And just like we evolve and change in our life our style will evolve and change with us! So relax! Problem solved, just take that task off your plate! Isn't that freeing? Focus on painting that is the answer!
So I challenge you to ditch this notion that you have to have a style. Let's try it together, for the next month, just don't worry about it, free yourself and the rest will follow:)))
Now maybe if I could just figure out how to paint while on the treadmill I could kill 2 birds with 1 stone:)
I'm still running my mini-print give-away until Friday! If you're interested in participating check out the Monday's blog post HERE
See you Friday Peeps:)