Many artists and the art world advises that one find their "style" and stick with it, so that you have a recognizable brand and name to back that up. When someone looks at your work they should immediately see it as your art. But how does playing it safe, make you a better artist? Does it help you to expand, grow and become even better at your craft?
For me I love to be creative and explore new ideas, materials, and interesting subjects. It keeps me engaged in the painting process and I learn so much from the challenge of trying out something different. For a couple of months I have playing around with abstract painting more specifically on a slick nonabsorbent surface called yupo. In the past my abstract painting experiments have been anything but pleasing. I know you think anybody could paint abstractly even your 4 year old, but have you ever tried painting a really good abstract painting? How do you know what to paint? How do you arrange, the colors, textures, shapes, lines to create interest, rythym, balance and unity? It is a complex task and difficult task! These three painting are the better abstracts I have created as an artist so far, and they don't necessarily reflect my current "style" of painting-- but they are Adam VanHouten originals.
One only has to look at Picasso, who never kept the same style! He was constantly evolving trying new things and seeing where that might lead him in his artistic journey. While the "style" your in right now might be a safe zone and one that people admire, try something new and different. Continue the joy of growing, searching and learning and your art will continue to change for the better.. keep painting.