Painting Styles - Creating Art and Painting In Your Own Style
Creating art in your own style - discovering your own unique painting style & technique (and staying true to that) can be challenging. Over the course of 10 years I have seen different online painting courses showcasing different styles of painting.
If you are a beginner and want to discover new methods or techniques; or connect with a community of artists, online art classes are great. However, I think it is important to not lose your own unique perspective - and that can be a challenge.
Art Styles: Staying True To Yourself
There is no "formula" for creating and for me personally, I feel so much happier when I let a painting evolve layer after layer until something resonates within me and then off I go into the unknown. After all, it is just paint.
Every now and then I get caught up in what other artists are creating. There is so much beauty in the art I see, I want to try all the techniques and styles. But, that is where I tend to lose myself and my authenticity.
My personal goal is to stay on track, appreciate what other artists create, but never compromise my own voice by trying to create something that I think would get lots of likes on social media or lots of accolades from others.
What others think of your art, is not for you to worry about. It is about CREATING from within. Stay true to that and you will go in the right direction.
Letting Go - Discovering Your Inner Voice When Creating Art
I just finished this painting "Letting Go" (above) and took the time to explore mixed media using graphite, acrylics and oil pastels. I haven't picked up oil pastels in about 8 years so re-discovering techniques and mediums was super rewarding and I love the end result.
Learn New Art Techniques & Art Styles
For anyone who is new to art and expressing themselves creatively, I recommend going with the flow, play with one or two mediums and see what evolves. After all, discovering your own unique painting style is part of the process and it takes time.
Youtube is a great place to start when you are just learning how to paint. I personally never get tired of watching people create or learning about some of the most recognized artists throughout history.
Here are a two of my favourite YouTube channels.