I need some advice.
You know I'm all over the place with my art. Fabric owns my heart. I love polymer clay. Painting is incredible. I live to doodle. I adore metal. I'm obsessed with shrink art. I can't get enough of paper. In my opinion, one can never have enough beads. I love pens and markers so much, I dream about them. I literally breathe to make up - and try out - new techniques.
Here's my problem.
If you've read my blog for any length of time, you know I'm an art fanatic. I can't imagine having to limit myself to only one form of creative expression - that would be like going to the most incredible, sumptuous buffet and only eating canned black olives. Black olives are good...in fact, black olives rock. However, if you only eat black olives, you're missing out on prime rib, tossed salad, fresh fruit, all sorts of handmade biscuits and breads, baked fish, honey baked ham, and all sorts of phenomenal dishes the restaurant is famous for. Not to mention they don't usually include black olives in the dessert bar...and who can resist double chocolate cake - made from scratch, with only the freshest handmade chocolate - and luscious, rich, homemade butter chocolate icing? (I can almost feel myself gaining weight. ha)
This sums up how I feel about using only one form of art...it's as good as black olives, but what about the rest of the stuff? I don't want to miss out on all that!
I've been thinking about my art a lot lately. Where I want it to go. What I want to do with it. (More on that in another post.) What my expectations are for it. The more I think about it, the fewer answers I seem to have. That's why I need your help.
Thinking about my creative process, and how I like to incorporate a little of everything, I've begun to wonder if my style is too "scattered". I'm curious about what my dear friends and readers think: do you think my style is too scattered, too all-over-the-place? OR Should I concentrate on just a few mediums? Do I need to tone it down?
For example, is it ok that I create a mixed media canvas, then some greeting cards, paint on some glasses, make some jewelry - all different kinds out of different media, do a metal piece for the garden, make an art doll, then sew an art quilt? Or should I focus on only one, two, or three things - or a "collection" of things?
My heart tells me to dive into whatever creative adventure comes along. I shouldn't limit myself. My head tells me I should focus on a few different things - really concentrate on a couple of items, advancing my skill.
What do you think? As I move closer to my goal of selling my work, should I begin focusing on just a couple of things? Or is it ok that I have such a wide offering? Do I follow my wild creativity - or focus on a specific "collection" in an attempt not to overwhelm people?
I seriously need help. Which is apparent, not only from this post. This is one of the most private things an artist considers...and I'm opening it up for the world. Wow. But I'm truly interested in hearing every opinion posted. Your comments and thoughts mean a lot to me - so thank you, in advance. I can't wait to hear what you have to say!
Sorry for the lack of pictures - I wasn't sure what type of photos to include. And I was feeling lazy.