"Being an artist isn’t just a “right brain” activity---you must use ALL of your brain, body and spirit to create. When the creation is done, the whole is much more than the sum of its parts… and so is the creator." - Lyrae Perry

Find Your Style And Stick With It!

I just read a really great article titled Find Your Style and Stick With It! Sigh… by Carolyn Henderson at Fine Art Views. She brings up some very good points to think about and there are some very good comments on her blog you may want to read as well. I’ve posted the link at the bottom of this page for you.

You can read my thoughts about Find Your Style and Stick With It,  here …

I really have a problem with putting artists in a category and making them stay there.  Yes, from a marketing standpoint it’s good because it’s easy, but from the perspective of artists, we need to have room for our art to evolve.

I’ve worked in construction accounting most of my life to pay the bills, but I have always been an artist–a painter, a graphic artist, and a crafter.  I work in most media, including digital art. I’m a marketing copy writer (to help people sell stuff). I’ve always painted and created in a variety of styles and media. I love it all and I love experimenting.

I’ve been advised to  use a different name on each style of art and put up different websites instead of showing all my art on one website, because it confuses buyers about what niche I’m in.

Hmmmmm …

I’ll go as far as creating separate pages on one website for each genre or style, but I don’t want to put up different sites. For one thing, I don’t have time to maintain all that and paint too.  Besides, I really like all the different things I get to do with my art. The variety is really a reflection of who I am past and present and a foreshadow of where I’m going in the future. I’ve got multiple interests and tastes, why should I have to pick which is the “real me” to carry my real name and hide the rest?

Our art is changing and growing as we do. However, as a marketer, I understand about pitching the right material to the proper target market.  And I do that.  My Cosmic Road series is presented to galleries and buyers who like modern art. The tightly painted watercolor botanicals and wildlife art is only interesting to a different group of buyers or galleries.

And Toto Too! , Cosmic Road Series

And Toto Too! , Cosmic Road Series, 12″ x 12″, mixed media on canvas

Spirit-Way Brown Stone, Cosmic Road Series

Spirit-Way Brown Stone, Cosmic Road Series, 12″ x 12″, mixed media on canvas

Smoke & Fire -Three Hearth Stones, Cosmic Road Series

Smoke & Fire -Three Hearth Stones, Cosmic Road Series, 12″ x 12″, oil on canvas

 

My big solution is to paint in series.

This gives my art the room it needs. I pitch specific series portfolios to the right target audience. They don’t see the other work I do so they aren’t overwhelmed or confused.

Just Fledged - Anna's Humming Bird Chick

Just Fledged – Anna’s Humming Bird Chick, Oil on Canvas 11″ x 14″

Rose Breasted Cockatoos, Blue Mountains, Australia

Rose Breasted Cockatoos, Blue Mountains, Australia, Oil on canvas, 36″ x 24″

Maleficent's Garden Series

Blood Spot Agave, Maleficent’s Garden Series, Watercolor/Gouache on Arches 300# paper, 15″ x 22″

Because I’m always pushing the envelope,cross over artworks emerge that bridge more than one genre or style. For example, “Steampunk Chicks” is a fantasy piece, painted realistically with robot chicks, real eggs, candy eggs and confused looking fluffy bantam chick.

Steam Punk Chicks

Steam Punk Chicks

While the painting is a really specific audience/target market,  I can get away with presenting it in several different target market public shows, but not necessarily with a gallery showing.

Many galleries are pitching to a narrow audience segment (think buyers), and they know what they want and what works for their clientele. Do your homework on the galleries you’re interested in and give them what they want to be successful. BUT, I think artists need to paint what’s fun, what they love and enjoy, because that good energy is going to translate into the work and be felt and seen by others.

You can read Carolyn Henderson’s post here:

http://faso.com/fineartviews/107091/find-your-style-and-stick-with-it-sigh-

 

If you have time, take a tour of my art website, and see all the different types of art styles I love to explore and play with…

http://lyraeperry.weebly.com/

Are you confused when you see multiple styles done by the same artist?

Do you feel like “Find Your Style and Stick with It”, is just right for you as an artist ? Or do you feel like it’s more of a prison sentence?

Let me know – post your comments and tell me what you feel about this…

Have a great day!

Blue Fire & Ice - Running on Epi Series

Blue Fire & Ice – Running on Epi,  Digital Art Series, prints available in any size on paper or canvas

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