Saturday, April 21, 2012

Looking Back

I've been looking through some of my past work lately and came across some pieces I actually like. I can see that I've progressed in some areas, stayed stagnant in others. The bane of not attending workshops or the lack of any professional instruction, I guess. I also believe I have not found my artistic voice yet, whatever that is. I can't seem to find a comfortable niche but maybe that's a good thing. I've concluded that I'd rather continue the hunt than keep cranking out the same thing over, and over, and over. Still there's a nagging feeling that I need to land somewhere and find my own style. Can you tell I'm feeling a little lost today?

I've posted a cat (above) I painted a long time ago following an online demo by Jean Haines, the queen of loose style watercolors. I thought it was horrible at the time but now I can see it's merits. I had no idea what I was doing and can still remember how scary it was letting all that water and paint loose on paper. Somehow it all came together to form a cat. Maybe my naivety was my advantage. My fear, my friend back then.


Feathers said...

This did come together beautifully for you, and I totally understand your fear about "all that water".
The experimental work you've been posting has been very interesting and inspiring--you are learning a lot from it--things you wouldn't learn in classes. You will probably eventually discover that you are working more in one area than another, and suddenly you will realize you have your own "style". Until then, continue to have fun!

Billie Crain said...

Thanks for the encouragement, Anita.:)