I truly feel that where I am from has set the foundation for my eclectic style.
I often wonder why I can’t pick one certain style when I am creating. I start with a vision in my head of the finish product and that vision is usually one style, it might be Shabby Chic, Whimsical, Steampunk or maybe I envision something that is Victorian, but when I actually sit down and start creating, something completely different is created. Why can I not narrow down one specific style? Why do I have a love for ALL styles and want to create in all genres? I am searching for MY VOICE but maybe I don’t need to search too far. Because, when I stop to look at where I was born and raised, the culture I grow up in and the art that surrounded me I discover that my eclectic style IS my voice.
During my creative process, I might start with shabby chic colors then, as my process continues, I find myself adding Steampunk embellishments, whimsical doodling and grungy distressed vintage fibers. By the end I love what I have made but I am also finding that I am very frustrated with myself. I don’t understand why I can’t have one, overall style. One that someone can point to and say, “That’s a nice Victorian piece.” or, “Wow, that is perfectly Whimsical.”
Why am I beating myself up for a “LABEL” to be placed on my art?
The other thing I find interesting about myself is, I don’t like one particular medium. Some artists like just watercolor, some acrylic paint, others like just pastels. Then there are the artists who strictly draw or some that make wonderful collage pieces. Don’t forget about the amazing artists who work only with textiles or fibers and those that work with clay. They have all found their niche, the thing that they are really good at and really enjoy.
BUT, then you have me….The artist who loves it all!!
If you ask me what is my favorite thing to do, I truly wouldn’t have an answer for you. Believe me, I have thought long and hard about it, but I can’t pick ONE thing. It’s like asking me to pick my favorite child. It just ain’t gonna happen.
The other day it hit me. I think I know why I keep mixing styles together into one piece.
It all goes back to my roots. The culture in which I was raised. If you read my “About Me” page you will learn that I was born and raised in the New Orleans area and if there is one thing New Orleans screams, eclectic is it.
From the music to the food and from the art to the people, the only way to describe that city is ECLECTIC!
This is what I grew up around. This was art in the way that I saw it. So, no wonder I can’t pick one style. No wonder I love all colors in all tones. No wonder I incorporated all mediums in the pieces I create.
How can you grow up in a city like this and have a style anything other than eclectic?
Now that I see why I create in the way that I do. I am OK with not having ONE style. I’m OK with using all mediums in my art. I accept that my style is truly eclectic because I know where it all generates from. When I say that I am from New Orleans, I am not just telling you where I grew up. I am telling you, WHO I AM, and I am proud of that.
When you accept who you are and stop trying to fight against it, you will see your “true style” emerge and you will find that things will begin to fall into place.
You will discover that creating a piece of art will be easier. .
Remember, your “true style” cannot be created or copied. It has to come from within.
It has to come from your heart.
So, if you are like me and trying to find your style. Stop looking outward and start looking inward. Dig deeper into what makes you, you.
Then create from that place.
If you have already discovered your “true style”, I would love to hear about your discovery and what YOUR ‘true style” is.
Please leave me a comment below.
Go and be a blessing unto others and keep creating,