Friday, April 8, 2011

LOOK AND STYLE - Black Outlines

Selecting a Look and Style - "every creative person has their own look and style. Learn how to identify your style. Be recognizable by your style - without the use of words"
Jodi Walsh -

I have heard this over and over again. Still I fight it tooth and nail! My painting is different from my drawing which is different from my mixed media, etc. etc. Why would I want them all to look alike? Why not? I'm just being stubborn because I don't want to change, I don't want it to be any harder than it is. But I had to sit back and ponder this and be honest with myself. I want to be recognizable. I want to be remembered, by somebody - anybody!

So - I went through my digital portfolio - drawings - paintings - mixed media, and picked out the pieces I enjoyed making the most, and voila - they all  had a common thread. The mediums are different, some are realistic and some abstract, but they do have a common style or look. Ten years ago I painted a self portrait in a style I'd always wanted to do, black outlines, and I loved painting this! Ever since then I keep going back to the black outlines. Could that be my recognizable look?

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