Artist diary: finding your own painting style

Artist diary: finding your own painting style

The task number one for an emerging artist is to find and elaborate his/her own style. You agree with me that the searching process may be hard and time consuming, and nerve breaking. At the beginning of their career artists tend to think too much about whether their art will be marketable.  What if people never consider to buy my art. Another challenge is to get inspired by other artists but not to copy them. You want people to associate your art exclusively with you and your “unique” style. And here comes the most difficult part – to become unique in the world of so many talented artists. Studying the works of many renowned artists I noticed one particular thing. Their style at the beginning of their career differs slightly (or considerably) from the one at it’s peak. It shows that working on your own style is life-long process which doesn’t get rewarded the next day you find it.

I like to study citations of the famous artists. One of my favourites is a phrase said by the French painter, Edgar Degas. He believed that “ art’s not what you see, but what you made others see”. I’d say the same about the artist’s style. What do you see when thinking of Dali? Melting clock? Elephants with long insect legs? What about Andy Warhol? – Marilyn Monroe portrait? Campbell’s soup can? Van Gogh? – His circular heavy brush strokes? He sticked to his style even though he sold only one painting in his entire life. Didn’t really care whether it’s marketable.. Oh no that’s a bad example for a living young artist willing to gain recognition when he is still alive. Anyway, I strongly believe that your hard work on your style will not be unnoticed.

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