A Question of Style

Hydrangea 2

Hydrangea 2

I have been pondering on what my style is and what is style and how important is it.

It has been a very busy few weeks, but so interesting.  I have been joining in the fun of my class with the Journalling Girls at Mermaid Circus which has been a lot of fun.  There have been loads of inspirational videos to download for this on-line course and a Facebook group where the members of the group have been posting examples of their work.  The Melbourne members of the group even got together to have a catch up in person and some art supply shopping.

While journalling is not something that I  usually do, (though I did have my journal for my trip to France last year.  Big sigh, to think I was in Sancerre this time last year) I have found this course really fascinating and insightful in other ways.

Sancerre
Sancerre

One of the best things from the course is when Jane Davenport and Teesha Moore, both spoke about style, and how you create your own style.  When I was doing art in high school and uni in the early eighties my lecturers where always on us to create meaningful art and develop a style.  While many of my fellow students had robust political ideas which influenced their art, I did not and began to feel that my art was not serious or worthy because of it and it really stifled me in what I did.  I also wanted to try lots of different kinds of art work and medium and felt because I varied it so much that I could not develop a style of work.  Although I worked my way through these issues they were still in the back of mind.

Hannah

Both Jane and Teesha tell their students don’t worry about style, you naturally have a style and it will always come out, especially when you let go and just create.  How you make marks, the colour that you choose and the mediums that you use are all part of your style and you cannot but have a style when making these decisions.  Such a simple insight was so liberating for me, I knew that I had developed a style, but still the old ghosts hang around from the past to haunt you, but this one I have now let go and I feel freer in my art practice which can only be good.

So you never know what you are going to learn about when you do a course, but you always learn something and it just may not be what you thought.  Of course when I go back through my different art work that I have posted to this blog, maybe it is more than one style, and that is also ok.

Karen

My Relief Printing course has started and I will share some of the work I am doing in that next week.

4 responses to “A Question of Style

  1. Hmmm, the essential question ‘who am I, really?’ is one which we artists all must ponder on. I know I do. There is style and there is also the question of subject matter and ‘what do I want to say?’ and ‘have I actually got anything to say?’ Sometimes one is bursting with ideas and at other times one is as empty as an empty silo. I don’t know that I think about style..it seems to just happen by itself. Probably the question I mostly ask myself is ‘what is my point?’ ie what do I feel strongly about that I want to communicate to you.

    • These ‘reason for being’ questions are big aren’t they. Although I like to ponder them, I try not to get to caught up in them or I tend to freeze. I suppose I just try to show how I see things and show the beauty in the world around us. Or I hope I do.

  2. I didn’t word that very well; I guess I meant the reason for being an artist. So, what as an artist am I particularly trying to say and how am I saying it…that sort of thing. As you say, one hopes to communicate one’s enthusiasm for what one loves through art. Unless one is trying to be political in art. Well, there are so many ways and reasons for creating. I find my own – then misplace it again…frequently.

  3. I also like to experiment with different subjects and techniques and have had trouble when thinking about my “style”. I’ve heard that usually other people will be able to identify your style before you do; I guess as developing artists we are often too close to our own work and too filled with the thoughts of what went into a piece to be able to see the similarities across the body of our work.

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