A recognizable style. Most artists have one or two. Many work most of their lives mastering one medium. Often one is a fine artist OR makes commercial work. I know this is rapidly changing. The lines between disciplines are blurring and that thrills me! While I am not competent in any discipline other than visual art, I’ve got plenty to keep me busy.
I paint portraits, illustrate children’s books, wrote a kid’s book, make fine art, teach, and instruct a creative expression class on a hospital psychiatric floor. I have painted silk, run workshops, made street art and illustrated brochures. Each endeavour delivers whatever the market will bear monetarily, but all inform and excite me (except for the brochures).
I work in oils, acrylic, digital painting, simple printmaking, silk, and pastel, and play with oil sticks, watercolor, clay, wire, photography, multi media, collage and just about any material I can get my hands on, including beet juice and congealed butter in my dinner plate.
The downside of course, takes me back to my first paragraph;little to no recognizable style. Even within a given medium, I’m inspired to experiment with different ways of working. I laugh when I look at this blog’s Illustration Friday archives just after clicking the tab on my Pause Series. I think I’m still fishing around for one thing that suits me best. In the meantime, expect images of any sort from this blog. At least my inconsistency will keep us all guessing;)