The Question Of Style
One of the discussions that emerges in every course and workshop I’ve given is the question of style.
There’s much gnashing of teeth regarding style.
I think underneath the question of style are deeper questions.
What Are The Deeper Questions?
Questions like: What am I trying to express? Do I have anything to say? Am I any good? What am I doing? Do I have a voice? Does my voice matter? Why would anyone value what I create? Do I value myself? Do I matter? Is it too late? Do I have enough talent? Am I a real artist? Does anyone care?…blahblahblah…Ad infinitum 🙂
What are we really talking about here?
We’re talking about the inner landscape
We’re talking about your relationship to yourself. We’re talking about fear and all its permutations of self doubt, inner criticism, fear of judgment, and so forth.
Here’s something I wrote recently when the topic of style came up in The Artist’s Journey: 3 Secrets Of The Masters course:
Trust that you already have your own unique signature (marks, movements, gestures, energy, internal states, preferences, psychology). There’s no final endpoint here…style is continually evolving. I would say don’t try so hard to find it. Let go. Indeed, your style will find you.
Style comes through many iterations of searching and finding your way as you paint. It comes from trusting yourself. It comes from exploration and experimentation. It comes from painting what you love. It comes from being vulnerable and showing us YOU.
This is the kind of dialogue we have in the online course. Soon, I’ll open the doors to my new offering: Studio Journey which is a monthly workshop where we’ll explore a new theme each month and have lessons, reflections, exercises and a full painting demo by me. Get on the waiting list HERE and be the first to find out when it goes live!
P.S. I’d love to hear about your experience with this question of style.
Also published on Medium.