Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Steppin' Out

Through out our careers as working artist,we strive to be known by our body of work. Be it subject matter, medium, or techniques,an effort is made to create a body of work that is cohesive and identifiable as "my work".Style, if it grows out of considerable experience and not just copying other artists discoveries, can boost as well as hamper our recognition amongst peers and collectors.
I say this while struggling myself with a new direction that my work is showing. Much like a singer, adjusting, after a key has changed with a maturing voice, so too there has been change as my painting skills have matured causing adjustments of technique, materials and style. The hesitation in presenting changes in your work ,particularly when you have already succeeded with what came before, is daunting. One must bring an established clientele to accept a newer vision . Change,if slow,steady and logically brought about over time as an outgrowth of painting,instructing and exhibiting, seems to have the greatest success.
Coming from a mixed media style, changing a surface, does not seem radical ,even though the enormity of understanding may have taken a major leap in skill on my part.
I may lose some customers, wanting me to remain recognizable as I was ,but I may also gain a new collector who never glanced at my work before.
I've stayed too long where I was ..I'm steppin' out.

3 comments:

Robin Maria Pedrero said...

Although our style is different we are walking in similar shoes. My work is evolving. You know I am a huge new fan of your new work!

Helen Harris said...

yes Robin... I do think we are both at that same point. We know just who we are and where we want to go in our work. So happy to have your company along the way!

Carol said...

You're in a precarious place....but it will be well worth it once you transition into your new one. I think that as artists, this process has to continue to keep our work current. I seem to go through this at least once a year. I always fight doing it....but am always happy I did! Good luck with it!!