Monday, July 4, 2011
What's Your Style?
I just got juried in to a local art organization, the Greater St. Louis Art Association. http://gslaa.org/ I got high marks on all of their criteria. One judge gave me an interesting comment, which is to find a unique style and "make it my own." So, I've been researching this idea and here's what I've learned so far. The About.com article, "How do I create a unique painting style" defines style as "that thing that makes someone able to look at a painting and say, that's ____'s painting (fill in your name). It makes your work collectible; it shows you're able to work to a consistent standard" stylehttp://painting.about.com/od/paintingforbeginnersfaq/f/FAQ_style.htm I think I'm well on my way to a certain style. I've made some deliberate choices, such as painting with bold colors. I prefer to work with either bright blue/orange or red/green complimentary pairings. I also strive to use a unique viewpoint each time, such as a bird's eye or close-up view. I don't think I've quite gotten to the point of recognizability, though. Is that a word? So that's the next step. What about you? If you are an artist, musician, film maker or artisan, what do you think about style?