Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Create--Find Your Own Style

Create, Silk Painting, 6" x 6"
© 2009 Fannie Narte

This is my Mixed Media Monday submission, "Play." Play with silk paints and words.


Many books and accomplished artists share special words that teach artists and writers how to find their own style. They recommend: practice, practice, practice. Professors urge: paint what you know; write what you know. Others proclaim "copy the masters." I joined the choir by creating my own philosophical phrase: first emulate, then originate.


But do I know enough to paint and to write? Born and raised in Hawaii, I know the crashing of waves against the black jagged rocks. I know the songs of the pigeons standing like soldiers on the black cinder wall calling the ocean waves to shore. I know the fragrance of yellow and white plumeria leis worn by the barefooted tourists walking hand in hand along the seashore.


Is creating and writing simply knowing your subject? Is painting a bird simply the process of loading a #8 round brush with teal paint and drawing lines to create form? Is writing a poem simply the process of picking up a favorite calligraphy pen and spilling adjectives and verbs onto a white page?


Practice, practice, practice. Paint what you know. Write what you know. Copy the masters. First emulate, then originate.

Words are powerful. They can turn a silver moon into liquid gold. They can fashion iridescent wings from the cocoons of silk worms for a pink fairy who flies with her cousin butterflies among the purple bushes.

STAGE 1--Caterpillar

Finding your own style is similar to the life cycle of a butterfly. It goes from being a caterpillar where eating is its main activity wisely preparing itself for the next stage. This is the exploration and practice stage of an artist's or writer's journey. It's a time of nourishment. It's a time to feed your minds and souls.
STAGE 2--Cocoon

Then like magic, the caterpillar undergoes a complete metamorphosis inside a protective cocoon for a period of time. This is a quiet time for artists and writers. It's a time for reflective thinking, a time for waiting, a time for patience in order to process the information gathered from the first stage. This is where the information evolves from what the mind knows to what the heart feels.

STAGE 3--Butterfly

After a few weeks, the promise, a butterfly emerges. It's time to fly.

After a period of time, the promise, an artist emerges; a writer emerges. It's time to create.

And the artist's and writer's journey continues . . . practice, practice, practice; patience, patience, patience; promise. It's a never-ending cycle. The beauty and magic of creating is in the journey.

Enjoy your journey--create.


TextileTraveler said...

Lovely post, Fannie, and I love the silk painting!

Sue B said...

wonderful post Fannie!

Rosie said...

What a wise woman you are! =)

~*~Magpie's Nest said...

Lovely Fannie !!! Really Lovely !!!

Joyfulsister said...

Hi Sis,
Beautifully written and very encouraging,

Hugz Lorie

Jacq said...

What a beautiful post. I always love your thoughts.

Melissa and Emmitt said...

how beautiful fannie!
i love your art, process and writings. you are so special!

Diana Evans said...

oh wow Fannie....I love this post!!! I always try to be true to my work and I hope it shows in the final pieces...I think when you stick with it your style comes out on it's own ...nothing pressured....just a natural progression...and a way to grow into your art....


NatashaMay said...

Beautifuly said. And your art is gorgeous!