|'Beautiful Blooms' 9x12 acrylic and ink on canvas ©Karen Margulis|
I remember the day I discovered my visual voice. I had been painting a little bit of everything and trying a variety of styles. Some subjects I enjoyed. Some styles were comfortable. But others were just not a good fit. At the time it worked for me to experiment. I was learning about my medium and what I could do with it. But I didn't feel like I had my own voice.
Then one day I painted some Queen Anne's Lace and everything clicked. I had found a subject that I was passionate about. I got totally lost in painting them. My true voice was emerging. Now I still do continue to experiment and play with subject matter and techniques but that is to keep things fresh and fun. I know that when I return to the subjects that most inspire me I will usually do work that is mine alone.
Have you found your own Visual Voice? Here is a book that may help you understand what it is.
|'Magical Queen Annes Lace' 16x20 pastel $175|
The author talks about how important it is to discover your source of inspiration....in other words where you get your inspiration from about what to paint and how to paint it. Inspiration must come from your core, from your heart, something that comes to you intuitively. We can be inspired by another artist and try to emulate them but if their style doesn't come naturally to us, we may end up getting frustrated. "Do Your Own Thing" is good advice.
|'Blue Sky Day 16x20 oil on canvas|
"Imitation is not Inspiration, and inspiration can only give birth to a work of art"
I began my journey by trying on other artist's styles and subjects but when I finally listened to my own voice and painted what really spoke to me, I began creating work that was truly my own. So as Dakota says, Never be afraid to listen to your own artistic voice!
Now I am going through a stage where I like to take my favorite subjects and see how I can interpret it with different mediums and different ways....just another leg of my journey!