I think it might be easier to figure out what you do want by figuring out what you don’t want.
You don’t want to say the same old thing. You don’t want do a repeat of something that sold , because then you are just looking for the elusive secret that the first painting had. Maybe there is only one thing and you can’t just crank them out .
Being inauthentic is another avoid-at-all-costs trap , so we don’t want to go there.
As long as you know what to avoid, you can see what you do want. Real. Refreshing. Beautiful and surprising work. I think the work has to surprise you too. There is no formula and if you have one then throw it out. Formula art is not even art.
What you are left with is best-case scenario , authentic, egoless, courageous art that speaks to you and everyone else — something that was never heard before. This is every artist’s best; it’s the reason to keep painting because when you do this — when this occurs — it is actually fulfilling your destiny.
Our style is similar to the glitter trail left by a slug. Wherever the slug goes, a thread is left of his life for all to see. How is this not a perfect metaphor for style? Like the slug, we all leave a trail behind us for all to see. Whether you want to or not, the trail of your thoughts and choices will follow you around wherever you go. Each turn in your life ,will be illuminated by the sun .
Style is our insides leaking out . I have heard that you can cultivate style but it really is just the result of what is going on inside your mind. Change that and your style will manifest naturally.
I recently had a short vacation with a dear magnificent friend. We did nothing but talk and walk and just be together. Her home is a reflection of the intense factory of her genius mind. Just being there was like soaking up nutrients.
We were soaking in the tub of love that she calls home .
I think her slug trail would be made of not just glitter , but diamonds. Some people are just that beautiful. Everywhere she goes, diamonds follow her life. the people she teaches, the husband she has, the family she came from, they all get to be renewed by her just being alive.
When you are in the presence of greatness, you should acknowledge it and revel in it. How wonderful this life is to have people in it with diamond trails.