NO! I "have an inquiring mind and I want to know". LOL!
I feel like I am all over the place and can't help myself. What gives? But I refuse to not speak my mind. So, how does one find some continuity with your artwork. When I was at Art Center, I brought a self portrait in and the instructor loved it and said, "do about 10 of these". Then a curator of a well known museum saw my "dot" paintings, thought they were great and said, "do about 10 of these". Is that a magic number for a body of work? Is it the kiss of death to explore outside what an artist is known for? Notice, I did not post one "beach" painting--what I am mainly known for it seems. Little by little I am exposing myself through teaching. I display that I can draw, I understand how to paint form, I understand color theory and I admit that I don't have a strong aptitude (my word for talent) for design. That, I work on constantly.
But back to my point. I am much more than my beach paintings and I want to make a living with work other than that. So far so good but could be better. It was the same thing when I was an illustrator. You had to have a "marketable style". But I find that galleries really want work an artist is known for. And what do you do if the next body is completely different from what one was producing during mid-career? Just thinking out loud.
I don't know the answer but you could paint a lump of coal and I would still purchase it and add it to my collection. For me it is not what you paint it is that you painted it. I can spot a Peggi painting in a nano second.
I am so glad you posted this. I'm wrestling with this as well. I've always felt that the minute an artist becomes "known" for a certain subject and/or medium, it's time to change it up. (I enjoyed reading that both Matisse and Diebenkorn subscribed to that idea) Of course that doesn't come without pitfalls, emotionally and financially. Self doubt and lack of sales can be a killer.
Here's one my favorite artist statements. (my art professor in college 1972): “The doing of these paintings represent many pleasurable hours. If my work has a purpose, it is the eternal one of trying to maintain a positive attitude in a seemingly indifferent world. The excitement is in the trying to get ever closer; to capture the magic of that moment in time. The incentive comes from the illusion of improvement; that the next experience will meet the goal. The rewards are too numerous to mention, but financial and honorary and not on the list.” William Blakesly
I spent a lovely, blustery afternoon with my smart TV looking at your demos and just popped over to see your site.
I've also done some departing from my usual "style" this summer and it feels good. Like getting unstuck.
One thing that has held me back and which I'm still overcoming, is thinking that I can't paint something in a certain way because it may resembles someone else's work. But, I can't let that stand in the way. I know it will be my own take on what influences me and what I've learned.
Variety is exciting and as artists, we need it to stay interested in creating. Loved looking at the variety of work you've posted here.