Kerrie Woodhouse

Whimsical words and watercolour

You don't need to find your artistic style

Beginner Resources, art tipsKerrie Woodhouse

Yes, that is what I said. You don't need to find your own artistic style. Because it isn't lost. No searching is required.

You can only paint, draw or write like you.

In your own style.


Whether you realise it or not, you already have a style. All you have to do is keep producing the work. Keep showing up and making art until you recognise that style.

Do you remember those 3D stereogram hidden image pictures from the nineties? ( I have to confess I have wasted spent quite a lot of time staring at many of these this morning. I'm calling it research, okay? If you also have a few minutes to spare you can try it too, here).

Anyway, the point is that if you do manage to see the hidden image below the surface, you realise it was there all along. You just needed to stare at it a little bit longer. That is just like your style. You have to make enough art to be able to recognise that which was always there.

When you choose a piece of clothing, a book, class, teacher, artistic medium you are already injecting your 'youness'. Other people may choose the same things as you but we will not all become identical copies of the teacher or each other. Sure there will be some influence. But, each of us suffuses our unique set of past experiences and ideas with the new skills we are learning. Your own style is inevitable.

Time to stop trying and start allowing.

Make more art.

You can only create like you. And only you can create like you.

The problem with ‘just making more art’

It is true that all you need to do is keep showing up, keep making art. However that part can be easier said than done. When you are doubting yourself and what you are producing, sitting down to draw and paint can feel impossible.

I know, I’ve been there.

So I have learned a few things over the years that helped me to overcome this problem. Now I think of it as a 4 part process.

Would you like me to take you through it step by step?

I used this process to draw my own mixed media girls, that now find their homes in books.

Let me take you through the process in my 4 part framework so that you can discover your very own girl.

Then take that process and apply it to whatever artwork you would like to make, portraits, landscapes, abstracts… the choice is yours.