One of the recurring themes in every course I’ve given is the question of style.
This topic evokes much gnashing of teeth.
I think underneath the question of style are deeper questions.
What Are The Deeper Questions?
Questions such as:
- 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?
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 its permutations of self doubt, inner criticism and fear of judgment.
Recently, the subject of style came up in my online course The Artist’s Journey: 3 Secrets Of The Masters.
Here’s something I wrote:
- Trust that you already have your own unique signature (marks, movements, gestures, energy, internal states, preferences, psychology).
- There’s no final endpoint. Your style is continually evolving.
- I would say don’t try so hard to find it.
- Let go.
- 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.
- Finally, it comes from showing us YOU.
P.S. I’d love to hear about your experience with this question of style. If you’d like to go deeper into these kinds of questions, and learn more about The Artist’s Journey: 3 Secrets Of The Masters, Click HERE.
Also published on Medium.