David, 30x40 cm........... Urban night life, 90x150 cm
oil on canvas................ acrylic on canvas
Often art-lovers, but also emerging artists, ask about my techniques and how I came to the current state.
It's a lot of hard work and even more time...
Blood, sweat and tears are mixed up with laughter, happiness and satisfaction. Also there's the knowledge that I've never 'arrived'.. I always have to keep on evolving. Besides the fact that I want to keep evolving, I know that if I don't, it can all collapse, and quickly too!
Anyway if I get stuck in mediocrity I know it will not bring me satisfaction. Neither would copying other artist's style. Even not when it would sell great and bring me lots of money.
I'm only being a little idealistic ;-)
It takes a lot of experimenting, doing, creating, making mistakes etc... to finally create a style which distinguishes your's from other artist's art.
Most of the people who want to become a visual artist, enter a stage of doing what a lot of others already have done. At that point, at least if you want to protrude above the rest, it's a mistake to think 'now it's art because it can be compared with the quality of what other artists have created'. Creating art is a personal thing, it has to carry your soul in it. It has to come from deep within (I think).
If you want to show something new, something different, please don't do (after your education of course!) what the rest already has done. And if you do it, just do it to learn from it and keep on evolving!
When you've come to the point that you create things which other artists didn't make (yet), than you're on the right track! Even if the quality isn't good yet! The quality you can improve after you've found a style and/or composition of materials that is really unique. But most of the time in the process this is equivalent to eachother.
I know most emerging artists want to go fast, but some things you cannot speed up. If you run too fast... haste trips over his own heels.