Developing Your Art Style

Post by Sharon

I started out scribbling figures and fashion as a very small child. I was obsessed with Cher's costumes, runways, and future dreams of modeling.

Later, I moved onto oil paints when I was married because I didn't want my mom to know I was painting. She was an oil paint art teacher and highly critical. 

One of my first paintings (above) when I was living in Redondo Beach, California in the mid 1980s. I was obsessed with water and sky but also with colors - loved the pastel tones.

My work was crude, but over time, I began to realize that even though some of my technique reminded me of my mom's (genetic, no doubt), my content, obsessions and palette were very different than hers.

A person who sees things vividly and intuitively, my technique was self-learned, but possessed an idealistic clear vision of the world. I sometimes found myself wanting to jump into those locations and live in a world with vivid color, intense sky and water.

I didn't realize it, but my obsession with water and sky as a child had been a life-long focus. My love of color and my sharp way of seeing the world as interrelated between sky and land, movement and subjects was developing a style of my own that expressed my soul's desires.

Sky and land meet and greet each other. 

I often concentrated on the world's reaction to the sky. In this photo above in the 80s at the beach, I told the photographer to photo the sunset in my glasses instead of facing it full on. Show the reaction of my skin warmed by the setting sun and the scene I was staring at reflected. It was that subtle obsession that showed an artistic obsession. 

After over a decade off of painting, I came back expecting that, as my life had changed, my style might adapt, but found I dove right back into my passions with a paintbrush - sky and land interacting and reacting, complementing, and in sync. The color palette remained sea and sky and pastel tones. 

It became apparent that I am optimist when expressing my scenes.

And as I continue on painting, I hope to bring some macro shots and some sentimental moments of summer breaks, springtime, beach, flowers and uplifting settings to soothe the soul in a busy world. 

My artist moniker might be "ShRed the Optimist"
My style might be "Sky and Land Shake Hands" 
My palette might be "Florida Beaches"

Sometimes you find your style in consistent treatment of the subject - fat brushes, smeared pastels, watery watercolors, or in your color palette, or subject matter. Over time, and with enough works, it becomes apparent how you see and express your private world. That's what an artist's style really is.