Develop your own artistic style!

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In reply to my recent blog posts, I received plenty of feedback from fellow artists.

Thanks for that!

Most of them told me that they have participated in numerous courses or watched painting tutorials online. Nevertheless, they still struggle with painting and finding their personal artistic style.

If you feel the same and you are still finding your own artistic style and expression in your painting, then this post is for you.

There are many tried-and-tested, but also general recommendations for finding your style, which mostly do not bring the desired result.

For example, it is often said: You have to find your own way and learn through your own mistakes, or, don’t copy other painters or you will end up being a plagiarist, and so forth.

My recommendation would be: Copy, copy, and copy more! Picasso did the same. By this, I don’t mean to say that you should create an exact copy of a painting, it is important to be respectful of an artist’s ideas. Look at individual elements and use them as a basis to create something of your own. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel, especially not in the beginning. We all need inspiration. Artists we use for our inspiration had their own role models for inspiration.

When finding your own style, it is important to master the basic techniques of watercolor painting. It is also difficult to paint an expressive picture if you switch from subject to subject. It may be tempting to try different subjects until you find one that works for you. Instead, it is advisable to stick with one subject and master it. Every subject has its own challenges and ways of expressing, that want to be explored.

Many people want to do something new and learn how to paint quickly. However, learning to paint and find your own style is hard work and takes time. Those who are willing to work hard usually don’t know where to start.

So how do you find your own style?

There are different approaches when it comes to finding your style. I can show you a technique I used myself and that worked for me.

During my artistic development, I thought I’d try and take small steps before starting with a big, complex picture. So I started to paint small and simple pictures. Quick watercolor sketches I had greatly simplified. Consistently, I painted the same or similar pictures for weeks. This helped me learn to see shapes and tonal values of that picture. Through this, I also explored how to experiment with color. Using quick watercolor sketches, I was able to develop my own brushstroke. Only during the next steps, I began to approach more complex pictures.

I would recommend you do the same as this also allows you to grasp a subject quickly and put it on paper. Your brushstroke will become more and more confident. Find out what you like and what you’re good at and refine it.

This method is not for everyone, as it lacks variety and is quite demanding. It requires discipline and persistence, but it leads to success.

In a short video, I show you the approach that helped me work on my artistic expression. This exercise can be applied to different topics. For this exercise, I used watercolor as my preferred medium. In my blog, I write about my passion – expressive and free-style watercolor painting. Exercises like this let you gain experience. You can develop your artistic expression without the pressure of having to paint a perfect picture.

Enjoy the video and have fun practicing! Please feel free to leave feedback if you like the video!

Angela

 

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