My painting style isn’t exactly conventional. I push the canvas into wet paint, use household tools to make marks, and scrunch the canvas up into a tight wad and pour paint over it to create texture. Some of these techniques come from my background in fiber art, and others are things I’ve discovered along the way.
I’ve tried painting as artists are taught to paint, with a brush, and I just don’t have what it takes to paint like that. My work never looks good when I use a brush.
In the past I’ve felt like my art was subpar because I don’t follow traditional rules of composition and design nor use conventional materials or tools. I was often working to improve my art and mold myself toward more accepted artistic standards. But I always come back to my odd ways of working, because they feel natural to me, like they are a part of me.
The other day it occured to me that this is the way I paint, and it’s worthy for that reason alone, because it’s uniquely my style. There’s no need for me to aspire to paint like anyone else or to follow formal artistic rules. My art is notable specifically because it’s uniquely mine.
It makes me think about the other ways we feel compelled to conform to societal norms. The way we look, the way we dress, our beliefs and attitudes, our lifestyle choices. Wouldn’t it be great if we could all just be our own unique, individual and wonderful selves!
What makes you uniquely you? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.
With love and appreciation,