Wednesday 27 August 2008
Tuesday 19 August 2008
Having an authentic style of your own, doesn't mean pinning yourself down to one type of material or subject matter - if you are true to your self, your style will shine through and be identifiable as yours.
You might ask 10 artists to draw the same scene, and I can guarantee that you would get 10 completely different paintings or works of art from them.
The beautiful thing about being an artist is that nobody will ever do anything the way you do it! They may try and copy your way of working, but it wont look the same because its not been done in an authentic way...nobody will ever see it exactly the way you have, its what makes you unique, this is what your style is!
The two works I show here are vastly different in medium and overall style, as in when you look at them you can see that one style is a lifelike reproduction of a shire horse and the other style is a more illustrative one. The shire horses were a commission piece for a wonderful gentleman in Suffolk and were painted in acrylic, the illustration was worked in watercolour, ink and crayon.
I leave it to you, my reader to determine whether or not you would distinguish them to be by the same artist or not, and perhaps some of you would say they were and others would say not.
But I know that when I created both of these pieces they were done authentically, I worked in my own style and the work felt good.
I think this is something that Im going to come back to again sometime, its a trap I sometimes fall into myself and this will be a great reminder to myself to keep it simple, to work from the heart.