Friday, July 1, 2011

Pulled in too many directions

Wow, there are so many things I want to do and so little time to do it. I bet you know the feeling. I am the proverbial jack of all trades, and master of none. I want to paint, do collage, draw, and, although I said I was "retired" from clay, I still have an urge to create sculptures. (I just may do some Halloween ones soon).

I don't know if it's my attention deficit that gets in my way, but here's an average day for me.
  • sponge paint paper for collage
  • scan different images
  • draw images and scan
  • manipulate images in photoshop
  • look at other artist's work
  • make posters
  • market my art
  • fine tune skills in Illustrator (that's something I just started, although I've taken classes this is a tough program for me to learn)
  • bid on jobs at Elance and then get cold feet when someone starts acting interested
  • twitter my art
  • facebook my art
  • renew work or add new art work to etsy
  • make cards

This would all be great if I were set in my style of artwork, everything would mesh and look unified and cohesive.

But, here are some of the things I'm working on,,
  • bubble houses
  • retro images
  • kids alphabet
  • kids pictures with my granddaughter
  • dark dreams imagery (posters and prints)
  • manipulated images of my art dolls
  • inspirational images for prints and posters
  • rainbow, glittery peace signs and posters
I love doing it all, but you can't find ME in any of it. I want to become an artist with that "style" that you can see in all of their work. This is very difficult for me to attain. I think I have a "wait if" attitude,,for instance,,what if I do it this way but the other way is better. What if I work on primitive folkart style and no one likes it. What if I am on to something here but I better do the other stuff too. Get my drift?

To thine own self be true is something I believe in but I don't know how to do it. I plod along daily making art but it is off on so many levels and tangents that I just don't know how to find my style.

Here are a few artists whose style is distinct in every aspect of their work..

Art by Erin She creates mixed media and spiritual art. I love her style. It is apparent in each thing she does. She is true to herself. How did she get there? That's what I need to find out. I'm older than she is for sure, but still, I haven't found it.

Another artist who's style is distinct is Little Sonrisa Her characters all look related, her backgrounds and style is definitely her own. She has achieved what I'm trying to find.

As my brain continues to bounce around in pinball fashion, maybe someone out there can give me a word of advice. It's tiring to me to continue in this way. In order for me to achieve some kind of success in my art I want to find my style yet I'm wandering around in a maze of ideas.

The journey continues.

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