Finding My Voice

new custom pet portrait

new custom pet portrait

One of the hardest things to do as an artist is connect with your inner voice and find a "style" that resonates with who you are but still connects with other people.

I personally feel like it's taken me years of digging deep and practicing drawing and painting, many pages of aimless journaling, and failed attempts at all kinds of mediums to figure out what I really, truly want to say with my artwork and how exactly I want to go about saying it.

This past weekend I had a creative breakthrough. I guess I hadn't really realized I'd been in a "creative funk" until I made these two paintings this weekend and suddenly everything seemed to click into place.

cute custom pet portrait, doxie

cute custom pet portrait, doxie

I painted this portrait of Sarge first. If you know me at all, you know that this portrait is SO me. The bright colors, the messy yet organized look, the flowers and puppy that I love so much, the illustrative style. 

Yes, this feels right! 

The main difference between this and my old pet portraits is the use of watercolor pencils. I'm sure that's boring for most of you, but for me it means I can incorporate more drawing into each painting and more of a sketchy and expressive look. 

Gosh, I just love it so much! What do you think? Can you notice a difference between these two portraits and my old pet portraits??