Daily Painting, “Poppies on Clare Street,” contemporary urban scene

contemporary painting of poppies by Carolee Clark

© Carolee Clark, "Poppies on Clare Street," 10" x 10", acrylic

“Poppies on Clare Street”    sold
by Carolee Clark
10″ x 10″
acrylic on wrapped canvas

Usually, I don’t ramble on about myself because I’m not that interesting, but recently I was asked how I developed my style so …

I don’t think that one develops a style consciously. It happens naturally with work. By painting (or sculpting, cooking, writing or gardening … enter creative pursuit here) it will emerge. The more you listen to your inner voice, and the surge of joy you get whenever you create something that you love, the more it will emerge. If I find myself attracted to another artist’s work it is often because they have successfully captured something that I too am working toward. We can learn from others by figuring out what we like (or don’t like about their work).

However, if an artist listens too closely to colleagues, critiques, teachers or patrons this voice might be muted. The more that we listen to ourselves, the more the individual comes out on the canvas.

One cannot help but to have “style” emerge which is as individual as they are. Just as we all have distinct handwriting and personality traits; we have ways of handling paint, imagery and ideas, and having it “sing” for us. Our journey (life and painting experiences) contributes to our style.

This also means that style will change over time. There will be threads that will continue throughout, but our experience changes and this will slowly creep into our work.

I think the big issues are to pay attention and do what makes you excited about your work. When listening to others, also listen to what your heart says about their advice. Most importantly, is to keep working.

4 responses to “Daily Painting, “Poppies on Clare Street,” contemporary urban scene

  1. Carolee,
    I love your words today. This is all so true. Not only with our art but with everything in our lives. Even our marriages and in raising our children – we certainly can learn from other’s advise and through observation but if we only pay attention to what everyone else is doing, our own voice fades and we are not living an authentic life. When we do finally listen to our own intuition and go with what feels right and with what “sings” for us, life is easier and our art takes a step up and becomes more joyful.

  2. I so agree with you! The more you work at the things you love, the more you realize what it is you love. Passion is key to creativity! Love your work with its lighthearted, colourful style. Thanks for sharing it!

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