I picked out some paintings that I’ve done that I don’t like with the idea of painting over them. Although we have all read the articles that say an artist should develop a style and stick to it for a number of very good reasons. Two such reasons are:
- to have a consistent body of work that show well together
- so that people will recognize your art without seeing the signature.
Good reasons I know, but what if you have a yen to do something different. Just like taking a break from painting to go out into the world, visit a museum or chat with friends all help to keep the creative juices flowing so a break from the usual painting style may very exciting. Suppose you find another way to paint that you like even better or just as well? I would think it very limiting to stick to one style.
In the last couple of weeks I experimented with doing abstract from my imagination producing two nice little pieces but then my so-called abstract started looking a lot like my landscapes except these came from my head and not an image.
So today I broke out of the pattern and painted in a way that I’ve admired for some time and honestly, I liked the experiment and I really like the outcome. I may tweak this a bit next week to get a bit more sun into it.
Then to top of a productive day, I found this article where Christine asks the question: Why can’t artists be like writers and have pen names! Whoa! Just what I was thinking. A different name for each genre of painting styles but somehow that seems like I’m hiding, doesn’t it?
In the comment section of Christine’s article are many other artists who think it is fine to use different artist names. Unfortunately I already signed my name to the painting but I suppose I could paint over it. Something stubborn within me says that I shouldn’t have to do though.
I’ve already logged several thousand hours into the type of paintings I’m doing now; it feels good to do something different. Maybe it’s just a passing fancy but I’ll tell you a change is as good as a rest. My art teacher told me once she could tell when I posted a new painting without looking at the signature so apparently I have a style already. Well, maybe I’ll have two or three styles before I’m done. What would you do?