Monday, October 19, 2009

Who Am I???

This is going to be a short post....and no art! I don't have anything to show you. Nothing from the studio. Nothing in my head.

I'm going through one of those dull periods when I can't seem to think straight. One thing I'm learning from Mystele's class....I don't have a clear-cut style. I'm all over the place....DUH!!! I can copy lots of styles, I can do lots of techniques but where is the "real" me in all of that? I haven't found her yet.

Just as the cover of my Gut Art book showed, I like very precise, meticulous, detailed art and then I also like more flowing lines, smooshy paint, messy art. So where does that leave me? I'm having a hard time finding my authentic voice in all of this! Or maybe I'm just two people and they will never meet!

I'm not complaining here so I hope you don't take it that way. I'm just rambling about my dilemma, trying to make heads or tails of it. I thought maybe if I wrote it out it would make more sense....but it doesn't!

So I'm going back to the studio to play around some more and hopefully I'll find "me" somewhere in all the mess. And maybe I'll have something more exciting to write about and maybe even some art to show you tomorrow. And if you have any suggestions, I'm all ears....


  1. No suggestions ... just have fun!

  2. Your post is very interesting and thought provoking. Even though we have never met in person, I see you as a very multi-faceted, multi- talented woman, who has a certain style about her. I like to think of you as most likely being a great friend if we lived nearby one another. Janet, I think that you are already the authentic "YOU" and any artistic style you are trying to define has already been there, and you are just allowing it to manifest itself. Because it is doing so in different ways it only seems confusing. You are very talented in every style you try. Just go with it and enjoy it. IMHO...and what the heck do I know?

  3. Hi Janet, believe me I know how you feel. I have been trying to find "Me" for quite some time. I love watercolor, acrylic, watercolor pencil, needlefelting, embroidery and jump around and back and forth. The only thing I know for sure is I do not like working with oils! that is definite. I think I am just whatever I feel at the moment.

  4. I do get it!!! I like trying so many techniques and using many different materials. I admire 'loose' art, mine seems more rigid. I'm still searching for me...

  5. I think I can identify! The key I think, maybe, is to just keep painting/making something, till you can start to see a pattern emerging over time...There's more I want to say - but this comment is running over-long, as it is - I'll e-mail (and try to not be too long-winded in it ;).

  6. Anonymous8:24 PM

    You'll get have your style already like Barbara said. Maybe part of it is because hubby is home all the time now...that takes some adjustment too. I'll email you in a few minutes...cheers!

  7. You have a style, you love bold color. Do not over think this, just do your own thing. You picked up the brush or pen, what ever is on the paper is where you are at that moment.
    The art in you is started with desire to put it on paper. I am not a writer, but I love to write. I can get lost in the words. Having a thought, but unable to put it down in words that would share my feelings.
    What is a subject that you love. It could be a can of soup setting on your table, or a person you saw in the market. Draw what you love. Hugs, Mary

  8. oh oh!

    Sit and paint a journal...start to finish...and don't try and look for style until after you've finished..and it will be there. Try it sans classes for a while...


  9. I have this very same problem, Janet, and I think it's one of the main reasons I've been in a creative slump lately ~ :(

  10. I agree with Barbara, you do have a style.
    You experiment with different techniques,
    but your style is all your own.

    I just did some catch up and looked at some of your
    older post.
    The ethnic, tribal painting is so you …
    Rich in design and color.
    Sunday best has your name all over it…

    Take some deep breaths it will all come together…


  11. Maybe your style IS varied and all over the place. What's wrong with that? I think your style is whatever you are doing on a particular day. The next day may be something entirely different, but so what! Maybe you are just thinking about it too much. Again, why do you HAVE to define your style? Is it necessary to your creative process? Is someone else telling you that you must know what it is? You are the boss of you and however many others live inside of you. Let each and everyone of you come out and play when they want to! Like Snap said, Just Have Fun!!!!

  12. I feel the same way and not just about art. I'm all over the place spiritually, artistically...just in general. Maybe that's our style. :)

  13. I've been doing a three-part series on style/art/creativity. When does having a style become redundant? The first part is below my current post and cross posted on Chopsticks and String. The second one will go on Chopsticks only within the next couple of days! Join the conversation -- the comments are interesting!


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