|"Look what I found" pastel on Wallis|
I also watched another tutor on a painting holiday, I arrived on his last day. He took his students out into the fields, and they watched him paint. Then, they had to paint exactly what he had painted, in exactly the same way. ......???? Apparently they had done this every day. I guess this might help a beginner to familiarise themselves with techniques, but I am not convinced it will necessarily help anyone develop their own approach.
|"View of the Sea"|
pastel on Wallis paper
There is absolutely no need to go "searching" for a particular style. Just keep painting, pursue your personal interests in terms of subject, you DO have a certain style all ready, and the fact that you cannot see it is actually unimportant. In fact, if you try to "find" a style, you will simply stop working naturally, your work will run the risk of looking contrived and forced. You have to stop worrying about style and just do what you do to the best of your ability. It is VITAL to keep reading, keep learning, and put that learning into practice, THAT is more important than looking for "style".
STILL LIFE with flowers, fruits, jugs and bowls (or other objects of a similar nature). Change the flowers but keep using the same objects in different set-ups. Or use something specific, like an oil lamp, or a favourite pot, or a certain fruit, which appears in each of, say, six images.
LANDSCAPE - find a particular location that you enjoy, simply move your head in one direction or the other, there will be loads of different compositions if you do this, but all will have similarities because of the similarities in the location.
PAINT THE SAME SCENE at different times of day.
Try street scenes
Try Cafe scenes
Try beach scenes.
paint or sketch birds, or animals, if you like them.
Whatever your choice, do at least six of each.
Have fun. Don't think about style. It is there, even if you cannot see it yourself.
|"Sisters on the rocks" Pastel on Wallis paper.|