Watercolor and White Ink
Stillman and Birn Bound Beta Sketchbook
5.5 x 8.5 inches (Image Cropped)
Snapdragon blossoms to the rescue!
It's actually been a mild winter for us so far. (Stop throwing snowballs!! It's not my fault you're having a wicked winter!) And we've been getting a lot of grey days whether we get rain or not.
The image above is a slight departure from my usual work as it's really just suggested shapes. I did a very simplistic pencil sketch to get down the shape of the bottle and placement of stems.
After that, I just let the paint fly without too much concern about bleeds, actual petals or any details.
Of course, being me, I just had to go back in with white pen on the white stem to bring back some of the white highlights I lost.
Then, being me again, I had to futz around with the bottle.
I can't say that I'm satisfied though.
Because one of the things I'm working on this year with my work is being looser. And when you're driven by and addicted to details, it's damn difficult to let. them. go.
Which brings me around to the question I posed in the title of this post—can we change our style?
At first blush, I would say no. It's hard to escape ourselves.
My husband and I have had this discussion numerous times. He say's no. I used to agree. I think I still do, but...
Now, I believe styles evolve.
Think back to when you first started sketching or painting…do you see a difference in your work today?
Probably. That's evolution. The more we know, the stronger our skills, the more it reflects in our work.
I also think it depends on the direction we push our work as it begins to develops.
However, underneath all the work, all the determination, all the struggle, is my inherent style of being a careful, tight, detail-oriented artist. As I mentioned, it's hard to escape ourselves.
When I was in art school, the instructor believed there were two types of artists—those who could copy another's work exactly and those who could not. I fell into the second category and I've only ever met one person who truly fell into the first—they're rare.
The woman, who had no style of her own, showed me her catalog of work and regardless of the instructor, her work looked exactly like the instructor's! She had taken a lot of classes, too. When I asked what happened when she worked on her own, she said her work was all over the place—it depended on the subject matter and her mood.
But what about those of us who do have styles that were not crazy about? If we don't like our style or we're bored and we want to change it, what can we do? Our we stuck with it no matter what?
Well, I'm going to be exploring those questions in the next few months and I'd love to know your thoughts on styles, whether they can be changed and if you like yours or not. Please share your thoughts in the comments!