What are your marks?
When I scroll through a Pinterest page I can spot the paintings that belong to the people I know – I recognise them. They may be part of a series or a different style, but their mark is there. I recognise them.
Everyone can spot a Vincent or a Monet.
It may be the colours, the brush strokes or the composition.
Have a look at your work.
It is distinctive, there are things that only you do… what are your marks? You may be going through experimental stages and trying out what works – what your groove is. Your work does not have to be uniform and predictable to be distinctive.
What are the common threads that make your work a bit of you? Have a look at what elements are strong. It may be your use of colour or bold brush strokes. You may prefer certain subjects. You may be drawn to portraiture or seascapes. Collect images of your work and pick out the bits that seem strong to you. Write a checklist. Have another independent person respond and listen to their impressions. Sometimes someone else can see your strengths more clearly than you! .
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