... or even just because...
What a busy time! Freelance, home and studio changes, upskilling, down sizing, side-ways reviewing; you name it, 2016 is certainly developing it's own 'unique' manner. Once I reconnected with this thing called prioritisation (I know right? Knee jerk reaction, get Thee behind me!) the focus became all new ventures. And they certainly have me chanting 'feel the fear and do it anyway'.
The biggest change so far has been in pursuit of Personal Art Style Happiness. Some people don't enjoy change, especially in their artwork practice - I get it, style is style, subject is subject - which is often where strength lies as and identified successful Visual Artist. As a commercial artist, one of the major advantages I've found is being able to mix and match style for a job, or client need. And although this is important, the shift from personal to professional work certainly isn't easy, with the traces of the 'job' sprinkling your personal artwork for a period of time.
So, recently my own artwork had taken on a certain bi-polarity. The struggle here is that one needs to re-think each morning about value, style and subject - the easy route is just to draw what you did the day before, in the style you honed in the most recent job.
I stopped for a time, purchased a new visual diary (I must be the Imelda Marcos of art diaries), started spending more time reflecting on what subject matter really appealed to me, stopped looking at other's artwork.... wrote a list of 'works I'd want to exhibit' and wallah! an old interest was ignited along with further experimentation of my own style...
With renewed prioritisation of my own Personal Art Style Happiness:
Value (i.e. how often, the purpose of what I'm wanting to explore on a personal level etc.)
Style (i.e. technique, method and experimentation for change) and
Subject (i.e. meanings, symbolisms developed connections of connecting both value and style...) I have identified my 'muse' or 'my magic'.. making me a very satisfied unicorn.
A few months on, one thing 'out of the bag' is that I'll be exhibiting my artwork again.
I also started taking commissions for said artwork, which was a big step, because I seem to get quite 'hoarding' - not being precious about my work, but potentially not trying to promote my personal artwork either...
So... onwards and upwards...
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Tanya is a traditional and digital artist, living in Brisbane and inspired by all that is 'Art'.