I feel as though I am in a void when it comes to a style.  So I have decided to take three of my strongest skill sets and merge them into a style.  I believe this is the way to go since I am sure I would love whatever I create with this so called 'Style de Shelly'.  I am working on a beautiful piece which was commissioned and I am going to add aspects of the three styles in it.

My home work is to now focus on that style........whatever I choose to paint MUST show elements of the chosen skills set.   This will be my biggest challenge since I enjoy painting things the way they are as I see them.  3x3 Post Its here I come to start a sketching!

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Comment by Ev McTaggart on August 10, 2012 at 7:31pm

I agree that it's probably best to have a style that's recognizable as yours. I'm hoping my style will find me. At the moment I'm having way too much fun painting in whatever style I feel like. I console myself by reminding myself that even Picasso played around before settling into his signature style. And Wassily Kandinsky? You should see the staid landscapes he painted in his early years! I figure when I've tried as many styles as I want, by then one style should become apparent as the one I want to stick with. Am I being naive?

Comment by Vicki Maheu on August 11, 2012 at 7:13am

Might I ask what those skill sets are?

Comment by Shelly-Ann T. on August 15, 2012 at 7:00pm

 @ EV.......No you are not EV.  That is what I love about art, that freedom is priceless.  But I do want to show more of my work and really 'wow' people.  I really want it to stand out and selling some more would not be so bad either....lollz.  I honestly believe after a while a style will come to everyone.  I am just taking a methodical approach to the whole thing.

@ Vicki.....Well, I love painting the human body.  I love soft pastels and using textures.  So I now have to find a unique way of merging the things I love to create art that is uniquely 'Me'.  I have been sketching and working on some concepts for the past few months.  Recently though a friend asked me to do a painting of a woman she calls Ivy.  I decided to experiment with the piece by merging aspects of what I want to see as my style into that piece.   I'm  still working on it mind you.  But I know it would be spectacular.

Comment by Ev McTaggart on August 15, 2012 at 7:13pm

When I try something new, I usually do an entire series. That makes showing much more viable, maybe? I've had two one-woman shows so far and another is scheduled to start (at a painting supply store) on September 1. The problem is, my newer work is selling more quickly that I'd have believed, so having all new work for that show is difficult. I know it's a good problem! There's also a juried show sale on September 29--for which some of my clients are allowing their purchases to be shown.( Very nice of them. ) My point is, I don't know if my newer works are of a more pleasing style or if my marketing efforts are finally paying off or a combination of both. I'm having fun with the newest paintings,; I'm just not sure I always want to paint in that distinct style. That feels like clipping my own wings! Yet, realisticlly I know that having that distinctive style helps with recognition, etc.

Comment by Shelly-Ann T. on August 15, 2012 at 8:02pm

lollz....At least you can do a series.  My problem is getting the series going.  I love the human form, but a series of that gets boring quickly.  Hence the need to find a way to represent it as interestingly as possible.

Comment by Ev McTaggart on August 15, 2012 at 9:10pm

I've always thought I might like to (if I learn to draw better) depict my friends as famous paintings or drawings. That might be fun. :-) Another thing I plan to do some day is take photos found in science journals of the insides of our bodies and paint them as abstracts! So many ideas. So little time

Comment by Shelly-Ann T. on August 17, 2012 at 7:11pm

I feel you.  Sometimes I have so many ideas and the problem is always finding the time to do them all.  But I am working on it slowly.  I'm working on a piece that is fully textured with fantasy realism (hope that makes sense....lollz) but its the best description I have at this point.

Comment by Jazzylady on August 27, 2012 at 9:56pm

I think style finds us. If you think to hard about it, it won't be natural. Well, I have so much to learn, so I am still trying out all kinds of things. But a few people said to me that they see I develop a certain style. That made me kind of proud :-). Anyway, I don't plan on it. I just observe, the more I paint, the more it all comes down to a "me" in it, I can't really explain it.

Comment by Shelly-Ann T. on September 4, 2012 at 5:25pm

I agree Jazzylady.  But I feel as though Im painting and loving what I paint but I sometimes dont feel that connection.  Its as though I need the work to be absolutely complicated but with fine detail etc.  I have this desire to put everything in there and I know its not possible.  So I thought if I develop a style that somehow satisfies that urge there will be more connection to some of my pieces.  There is a guy on this site whose style of work I looked at and tried.  The piece eventually morphed into something that I realllllly  like and I get to put in the million little details while ignoring some of the rules of painting portraits.  I will get his name and thank him personally for inspiring me.  And, I also believe that this is where my individual style will start to come through because I have found some degree of satisfaction   :)


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