I’ve been thinking about you lately – I’m starting to wonder when you get to do something just for you. Yes, you. I know you’re busy, oh so busy, doing all the things for everyone else but we both know that’s not cutting it anymore.
What About Me?
We talked about creativity being something you practice everyday but when you’re sunk under the weight of everyone’s cares, it can be hard to even see the slender thread of your creative spirit running through your life.
But, creativity is expressed a thousand ways – both small and large – throughout a day and a life. Look for the small, yet so meaningful, ways to express your creative spirit in your day.
Take a minute, an hour, a day and make something – anything you like – just to make yourself smile. It’s a small but meaningful start.
How have you been? Is January turning out like you planned? It’s been a little slower getting things going than I imagined, but there are always things to learn. So, grateful!
Here’s something pretty for you: the Ultra Violet Look Book. It’s 15 pages of color and inspiration for your creative life. You’ll find color palettes, products, books, and more – all inspired by Ultra Violet.
Recently, someone asked me a question about artistic style: do I have a style, how to develop it and what do I call my style? Perhaps you’d like to listen in on the answer.
Do I Have an Artistic Style?
All artists have a distinct style. The analogy often used is it’s like handwriting for art.
And, much like handwriting, it takes some time after learning the basics for your style to emerge. During the time you’re learning the crafts of drawing and painting and understanding how to handle the materials and mediums, it may seem like you have no style at all or you jump around from one thing to another.
How do I Develop my Art Style?
The only way to develop your individual style is by making your art – repeatedly. Your individual style will start to develop as you gain confidence and experience with each part of the process of making art. It’ll start to show in how you make your marks on the paper in preliminary drawings, the paper you choose to work on, the medium you prefer and how you apply it to the surface and every other element of the finished art. It’s the sum of all these individual choices that add up to an artist’s style.
What do I Call my Style?
I think a large part of the problem for artists trying to define their style comes from trying to pin it down with a label. The more common descriptions, like cubism, expressionism, pop art or surrealism, are broad terms and a type of art shorthand for classifying works. While they’re helpful for broadly classifying a work and make a point of common departure to talk about a work, I think they can be restrictive and intimidating as well as corralling work into premade boxes. I like to think of artistic style in more descriptive terms (* see below) then categorize it if necessary.
What’s Your Style?
Individual artistic style marks a work as belonging to a particular artist and is more of a way of working and handling the materials than a label. Do you have a style? How would you describe it without using a standard classification? Drop me a note and let me know what your style is, I’d love to hear from you!
Like loose vs. tight, realistic vs. unrealistic, colorful vs. monochrome, soft vs. hard, rounded vs. angular, and so on. Here are some pairs to get you started: