For the last three weeks, I’ve been exploring the idea of artistic style. Week one was about determining if my style was noticeable. Week two explored what elements of style might come easily to me. And in the penultimate post, I discussed what elements of style my paintings displayed. So where is all this taking me?
Earlier this year, I took a great workshop from Jean Pederson. I left inspired and really feeling like maybe I had my artistic mojo back. Life events have proven otherwise. In a few weeks I will be taking another workshop from Linda Kemp, and I’m excited about it. After that, I’m going to have to make some decisions about where to go from here.
For a while, I’ve been threatening to work in a series. I have a variety of ideas: “solid” horses, Oregon restoration work, self-portraits, where I could live when I’m hot, birds, more like the Yellowstone series. And my medium choices have exploded over the last couple of years: acrylic, oil, and pastel in addition to watercolor. But in the context of this series, talking about style, I need to pick a subject that will allow me to emphasize a single style element and make it my own. I’m just not sure what that is yet.
As a conclusion to this series, it seems a little lame; however, I’m tired this evening and it’s this or nothing. I’ll try to post my objectives for the series when I figure them out.
I’m continuing the Strada Challenge. Here are this week’s paintings.
Friday, I took the day off and went whale watching.
There’s another series idea!