As I have been pondering what it takes for me to blossom as an artist, I realized that sometimes you really need to take the scientific approach. Let me explain. For the past year I have taken every course on mixed media art and Photoshop that I could get my hands on. And I know that in that time I have learned a lot. But the problem is, that once the course is over, and you can't go back and watch the videos, the knowledge can be lost. So I realized that in my attempt to find my artistic voice, I was trying everything, but not choosing anything. What I really want to come away with is a sense of what techniques and colour palettes work for me. So here is what I have been playing with:
I call it my technique chart, and in it I write down what does (and sometimes does not) work for me. So as I try new things, I can write remember them. Shockingly simple I know, but sometimes it is the most obvious idea that eludes us. I love how I am learning to paint like Kelly Rae Roberts and process photos like Kim Klassen, but what I want is to take what I learn from them and create something that is truly ME. I want to make my own ART.
On that note, here is a fun background texture I just made combining some ideas from both Kelly Rae's techniques, Kim's processing, and my own play. My husband said it made him think of Steampunk, so that's what I called it.
I would love to hear your thoughts on defining your artistic voice, and whether it came naturally to you, or it was something you had to work at.
Have a beautiful day!