Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Own Your Own Voice


My monthly Creative Contribution to Debbie Overton's Mixed Media Collage Artists' Marketplace goes live today. "Own Your Own Voice" is about discovering and defining your own personal artistic style. In the posting I share 7 simple steps to take to find your own voice. You can read the article here.


Curious how other artists define their style? So was I. The prior edition of The Pulse put this question to nearly 100 of your favorite artists. See what they had to say in the the following four posts from 2008. And if you participated in this survey, revisit what you wrote nearly 2 years ago to see if your voice has changed.




22 comments:

La Dolce Vita said...

great article! and it was fun reading the past comments on style!

Svetlana said...

Great texture on this piece.

Dyche Designs said...

As someone who is currently on that journey I loved the seven steps . . . it would seem that I gravitate towards darker colors and texture but I'm still exploring. Thanks for this, some useful pointers. :0)

ArtPropelled said...

Loved, loved the article, Seth! You make many good points and I like the idea of asking 4 friends to describe one's work with 4 words. That would be an interesting exercise. Your work in the article is stunning especially the first 2 pieces as well as the one in this post.

Evangeline said...

Great article! And very timely for me. This is just what has been on my mind recently. Can't wait to work through the steps and see where I end up!

Outside The Lines said...

Great article and timely for me..seems I am always trying to find "my voice". The detail shots of your work are so rich....

Monica said...

some great tips there.
i've allowed myself to play and play and am now ready to settle into my own voice.

mansuetude said...

love how you ask that someone makes another's "directions" their own, by adding a new step. This kind of thinking begins to open new lanes, new curves in the already seen road.

bravo to you.

Joanie Hoffman said...

I loved reading the "styles files". it was amazing to me that so many artists I think have a unique style had trouble describing it for themselves.
Thanks, Seth, for the 7 steps.

Mary said...

Hi Seth, thanks for stopping by and your affirming comments on my journal pages. I'm heading over to read the article.

Blessings!

Brian K said...

Your work is featured in THREE BOOKS TO BE RLEASED IN 2010?!?!? WHICH BOOKS??? Enquiring minds want to know!!! Congratualtions! You certainly deserve it my friend.

Wow these pieces are extrordinary.

I really love what you have to say about finding our "style"

layers said...

I read your article-- great ideas on how to find your own style and voice.
This very challenge is the main focus of the workshops I teach-- you are right as this is difficult for some artists but something I think is very important for artists to try and figure out.

Coffee Messiah said...

Thanks for sharing this.

Great advice and appreciate how you made the points I am working on myself.

Cheers!

The Weaver of Grass said...

I had a discussion about this with a friend the other day, Seth - can one really change one's style completely - I know you can try and develop a completely new take on things but I am not sure to what extent it actually works.

Gaby Bee said...

It enjoyed reading the "styles files". Truly interesting!

Kris said...

What a good article Seth. While reading it I became aware that I really do need to be more creatively conscious of what I am doing. I believe this will help me stay true to myself. Thanks for the steps !!

Bill C. said...

I didn't know you were so smart! Fantastic article. I don't remember what it was about, but I remember it was fantastic. :o)

Chris said...

Seth! I think defining my style is going to be a lifelong thing. I change a lot and find new passions. Thanks for these links. I have printed out your article, which I'm eager to read, and I'm going to go visit the links!

improv cloth said...

This blog and the work you do is right up my alley. I especially like the peeling paint, layered and abstracted pieces. I honestly kept secret for many years my fascination with patined surfaces, rusted wire, rusted cans, old wood, found objects and various discarded artifacts. People thought I was "out there" when I became enthusiastic about this stuff. Now, it's amazing that so many respond to this genre of art. Good job for creating this blog! I will follow with much interest. Thank you.
Laura IMPROV CLOTH

Marilyn said...

Wonderful article, Seth. I love the uniqueness of your art - how you tie in all the textures and fibers and colors. I like your idea of picking a project from a book and then adding other steps in of your own. I also like the suggestion for spreading some art supplies out on the work table and just going for it. You've given me a lot to think about. Thanks so much for sharing.

Roben-Marie said...

I enjoyed reading your article! Thanks for sharing your thoughts! Your work is so inspiring and I find myself with my nose close to the monitor trying to figure our how you created such rich layering!! Take care!

BT said...

What a great article Seth. I also clicked on each of your pieces in the article and love every one. I'd like one on my wall!