As artists, we feel that we are supposed to have a cohesive style. But how do you find your own style? It can feel overwhelming! I have some tips based on my own journey. I hope you find them helpful.
Tip 1 - Paint a lot. Keep your paintings around so you have something to look back on. It will help you see that you're improving as an artist! But it will also give you a way to see common threads in your work, those threads will make up your style.
Tip 2 - Look at a ton of art. Look at what current artists are producing and also look at the masters. (Hint: don't look back at old masters and expect that your own body of work should be as amazing or organized as theirs. Their work has been highly curated!) When you have looked at a ton of art, you will be drawn to certain paintings/styles/themes/subjects and that will give you a good clue. Ask yourself what you like about each painting that you look at. Whatever it is that lights you up when you are looking at art will help you figure out what or how you want to be creating!
Tip 3 - Spend some time thinking about why you paint. This is a tricky one for me. I can spend so long thinking that I don't take any action. Don't do that. Paint a lot! And spend your down time thinking about why you're creating artwork. Keeping asking yourself as there will be a lot of answers to this question! This is an ongoing process!
Tip 4 - Take a social media break. Theodore Roosevelt said "Comparison is the thief of joy" and he didn't even have instagram to deal with! Create just for yourself for a while. It will help you remember why you're creating.
Tip 5 - Ask for help. Ask your friends or family to look at your art. Ask what themes or style they can see in it. Sometimes you're too close to your art to look at it objectively! Find people that will give you honest feedback.
Tip 6 - Keep evolving. Follow your heart. If you have only ever painted flowers and suddenly you decide to go totally abstract or switch to pet portraits, try it! Switch mediums if you want to! Play! Experiment! Do what makes you happiest.
My style is continuing to evolve and I'm happiest with my loose florals and landscapes lately. Let me know if you find these tips helpful. Or if you have any tips to add!