Monday, January 31, 2011

A World Her Own

"A World Her Own"
mixed media & resin
20" x 20" 

I'm often asked by other artists, "How do I find my own style"?  For a long time, I used to tell them that it just happens with lots of practice.  And I do, indeed...still think that's true.  But, now I'm realizing that there is a lot more to it...

In early March, I'll turn another year older.  And I can honestly say that this is one birthday that I'm not dreading.  In fact, I'm actually looking forward to it.  I've tried to figure out what has caused me to have this unexpected feeling of acceptance and ease.  It's a little difficult to pinpoint, and I don't think that it is any one thing.  I guess the biggest change that I've undergone is just accepting myself, flaws and all.  Realizing I am perfect in my own ways...and not like everyone else.  I started paying attention to the things I liked, and that made me comfortable.  I got rid of the things that didn't feel right.  It's been a slow evolution, but worth the journey.  I had a friend that used to say to me, "You're so Wyanne".  At first, I hated that...I felt it was a put down in some I was weird or different.

Then recently, out of the blue, a student said the same thing to me...and I just had to chuckle.

I thought to myself.....Yes, I am...I worked very hard to arrive at "Wyanne".

Finding your own style in your artwork is the same type of process.  First (of course), you have to do the work and practice.  And as you get a little more confident in your need to become "aware".  What feels right in your hand?  Do you really like canvas as a surface to paint on?  How do you like to apply the paint, heavy with texture or watery and free?  As you become more aware of the things that you really like, start concentrating on them.  Then start eliminating everything that doesn't feel right.  Just because you heard that works on canvas sell faster than works on paper, doesn't mean you should stay with canvas, if it doesn't feel right!

I can promise you that you will never find your own style if you continue to listen to everyone else except yourself! 

After you have a really good idea of what you like...then you start pushing yourself creatively.  

Just because you have finally discovered your comfort zone artistically, doesn't mean you stop!  If you stop pushing'll soon find your artwork becoming stale, boring and predictable!

Learn that the greatest mistakes, often are the greatest teachers.  Allow yourself to make mistakes.  Bend the rules, and break the rules!  Have is too short!  

If you are not having fun with your art, what's the point of doing it!  

And you know what...while you are doing this...the craziest thing will happen.....You will be thinking to yourself...I'll never find my own style.  My work is all over the map.  

And at the same time, everyone else will be "loving your style". 

You won't even know it!  Until someone reminds you and says...."You're so insert your name here!"

Here's a new video for you.

Thank you guys for all your love and support during my journey.  I feel like I've only touched the surface...

Love and Light,
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  1. Another beautiful piece....and such inspiring words! Thank you, thank you....

    I think the occasional kick in the pants, get in there and get to it talk is very necessary! I needed thank you again!

  2. Thank you for this pep talk, and I'm trying to accept myself just the way I am too--I'm getting there!!
    I just want to say that I just purchased your resin workshop a few weeks ago and have been watching the videos. This is one of the most detailed and informative online workshops that I've taken. I have everything I need--I'm just trying to get really informed about using resin (I have a tendency to overthink everything) Thank you for your art and great gift of teaching!

  3. wonderful piece of art!!!!
    i'm interested in your on line class with the girls! are there any pdfs along with the videos?

  4. You could have written this post directly for me. I'm constantly asking myself what my style is, and telling myself I shouldn't be hopping around all over the place artistically. But what you said at the bottom makes a lot of sense. I find a technique that I like, and is working but then I run off and try something else. I thought I was just being fickle, but maybe it's my way of pushing my artistic comfort zone. That makes me feel better. Thank you. :) And I love this new piece, she is simply gorgeous!

  5. I have to raise my hand as the student who said "you are so Wyanne". I needed a word to encapsulate all the appreciation I was feeling for your guidance in class. Wonderful, amazing, generous, outrageously talented, loving... I just couldn't find ONE word that fit. So I had to reach for something new...

    Thank you so, so much for sharing your unique and beautiful creations, and the path you walk to reach them. You are so W Y A N N E! Yay!

  6. I think you give really good advice and I love this painting along with all your others.

  7. Hello Wyanne. It's so wonderful to be able to find your blog from a fellow blogger/artist Pam Tucker. I can't wait to scour your blog for more inspiration...I just got back from a long weekend with no internet access so I am kind of catching up now :)

  8. Thank you for such inspirational post.

    And you know what, I've been reading other artists talk about their art, life, personal style etc for quite some time. I know the "meaning" of their saying but there's always a lack of connection.

    Something about the way you said / wrote / present your insight as an artist "grab" me every time. If you know that I mean.

    Thank you for the sharing of both your art and insight. It inspires and motivates me in the pursuit of my own art. Can't thank you enough ...

  9. Love this one...I really enjoyed watching you work on this and like the sumi ink. I will be trying that. Thanks for sharing your hard earned wisdom with us! :) Nan

  10. Hey Wyanne!
    I just adore you! ... I just turned 48, and you know what... I'm just beginning to give myself permission to be who I am as a person, AND as an artist! Your "Paint Free" class was a huge part of that journey! You truly are an inspiration to us all!
    Thank you for sharing your wisdom, encouragement, and amazing videos for us to enjoy and learn from!
    Big Hugs and Love,

  11. Wyanne - did you write this post for me ? lol! Thankyou for articulating so perfectly what I am needing to hear over and over again lately. I think it's starting to sink in... Actually, I know it is. Thanks for being so patient and understanding about the journey we are each walking. It's so nice to be sharing it with you :)

  12. All I can say is WWWD? =D Love ya to pieces...I do!

  13. Wyanne! I love your blog! Your art, your classes, everything about you inspires me to try even harder. SO glad to have found you! :)

  14. I love this one Wyanne and as always, your video is awesome too. I so want to take a class from you!

  15. I love this painting Wyanne, and thank you for the encouraging post! You always inspire me!!

  16. Oh Wyanne! Another wonderful, inspiring, encouraging and thought provoking post! I loved it and really needed to hear it! We are each made so uniquely special! Why is it so very hard to accept ourselves the way we are and embrace what makes us...well us??!! Oh, I struggle with this. I think I need to print out your words and come back to them often to always remember I need to embrace "me"! I need to keep moving forward with what feels good and works for me and not try to fit myself into someone else's mold. I can't go wrong if I continue to be true to myself!

    Thanks for your honest, heartfelt words and your wisdom! You don't have to share yourself with us, yet you continue to do so, freely and with love! You are such a gift! :)

    Much love,

  17. I have just discovered your beautiful blog and am wisked away into an enchanted world- what wonderful expressive art and color use. Your words carry wisdom as well and I too find the art process so important in our discovery of who we are. I look forward to visiting again!

  18. Wyanne thankyou so much for this inspiring post. I know all these things really but I've kind of lost my way a bit recently, trying to make my paintings a certain way, a way that doesn't make me happy and like you said, what's the point of that?! Thanks for such inspiring words, I certainly shall paint how it pleases ME today! Oh and great video as always!:))

  19. Thanks for sharing and your videos are great!

    I'm have had the problem that how to develop my style..

    People saying I already have a unique art style but I still feeling of that I 'm not satisfy with my art and style.. And I feel I'm not sure yet it is ME..

    My works can be seen here

    PS. All of your feedback are very welcome.


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