I feel ALL over the place lately when it comes to my creative hobbies. I feel pulled to do acrylic abstract paintings but then I want to work on my illustration skills and be able to paint dogs but then I want to change it up because I’m sick of painting so I want to give print making a try again. Now some people might think this is a bad thing because as an artist or just a creative entrepreneur in general, it’s essential to have a brand and stay on brand. By that I mean, your work should be recognizable as yours, so basically your style sticks out to others as your style and work, people should see a photo of your work and should know it’s yours right off the bat.
I’ve ALWAYS struggled with this because I felt as a creative person who gets tons of random ideas on the daily, I want to pursue those ideas even if they are drastically different from each other because I’m excited about them. I feel like as an artist you should be free to create what you want to create but lately I’ve noticed that when artists nail there style down people come, they build their audience, and generally appear to have their shit together.
However, right now I’m sort of the exception. Why? Because I’m trying to hone my craft. I’ve only started painting about a year and a half ago and to be fair I haven’t had any formal painting classes so really I’m just sorta figuring out my style, what I can paint, and what I want to paint all on my own. There’s no other way to do that besides practice practice practice. So I think I’m giving myself a pass on feeling chaotic and not knowing my style or what I really want to paint or create because I’m still in that phase. Right now I should be exploring all these different ideas to see what sticks, what actually turned out better than expected, or what needs practice but I really was excited about. It’s not until I continue to consistently do this that I will find my style, niche, or brand. So right now honing my craft is going to look a little crazy, I’m gonna try print making, and using gouache and creating watercolor illustrations or abstracts, until I find what I really enjoy to create.