I'm writing about artists style in the hopes of determining how to descriminate my own artistic style.
I'm also discovering how many others have written about the same topic. Alyson Stanfield has made a list on her website about what is involved in determining an artists style.
I would like to say that one of the most important elements in discovering your style is “time”. That translates into spending many hours in studying othere artists works that you admire. Than spending many hours of time in drawing/painting, referencing the styles that you admire. It may appear to be copying at first, and these drawings are for study purposes only. But ultimately your practice will turn these studies into a style that reflects your own inner interpretations.
I think the age old dilemma of merging the old with the new in art, technology, even in our concepts of ourselves, is an ongoing debate. I have been influenced in my art by the traditional Japanese woodblock prints. These have been a reference point which I translate in a new way with my current paintings on East Meets West. The three images shown here and below are the 1st and 2nd draft, along with this final painting in gouache, ink, and charcoal.