Have you ever wondered how some artist’s get away with what they do? Finding a place in the art world demands soul searching… lots of it!
I need to know who I am and what I believe before I can speak through my art! Simple, right? Well, yes!
Just when I think I know what I believe in, something emerges which challenges my preconceptions! An image excites, angers, enrages, seduces, or bores! I see naive art selling apace when detailed artworks gather dust.
But the trouble is, that’s not the style of art that I enjoy looking at! I enjoy creating portraits but I don’t seek them out. I could truthfully insert “landscape” into the previous sentence. You see my problem?
That’s not to say that I don’t or can’t enjoy them. But there are so many representational artists doing a fine job! Not to mention the thousands who aren’t.
So, is that where my unique contribution lies? Would I want to even compete?
Simple Answer? I don’t. I’ve no desire to reinvent the wheel?
So what DO I want to do? Something unique, experimental… the question is what? I find so much of interest, my challenge is to focus on what I can do well and ignore the stuff I’m “OK” at!
I have considered Conceptual art? Done well it can be uplifting. Not sure it’s me, though!
I’ve mentioned before I’m a self taught artist. I struggled with the A level environment but I’ve come to realise that all artist’s are self taught to a point. Sure you can learn techniques, theories or art history. But sooner or, in my case, later you have to make you’re own choices, develop your own ideas and define who you are. Expand the boundaries for yourself. Whether trendsetter, mould-breaker or workhorse. All artist’s have their place, the important thing is defining which role suits you.
Me? I’ve chosen abstract art. I have my style and I like it. It’s exciting and there’s room for expansion. And I need to focus and develop that! That’s who I am and what I do…
But I’ve no intention of remaining in a rut. This week I’ve dabbled with fused glassmaking and the style of Mike Bernard. But more of that in another post. I can see some semi-abstract work in the future… and a mass of exciting stuff I’ve never even heard/thought of yet!
Whatever the emotion evoked by the image, I must either reject or incorporate it into my beliefs!
What about you? Have you found your artistic identity yet? Are you a painter, draughtsman or Artist?