I really enjoy exploring the galleries of other artists. Sometimes upon first glance it is fairly obvious the artist's creations have a central theme or interest in subject in common as well as a cohesive style that defines their work; to me, these artists appear to be more mature in their work. I look at my own gallery and am alternately proud and frustrated with the lack of cohesion I perceive there; on one hand I think that being able to create in several different media is a strength, however I also feel that not focusing on any one area has not allowed me to develop to my full potential in any single area.
I find myself wondering if focusing on one medium or subject will allow me to develop a cohesive style; and if I do, will this be a positive development? Or would I truly benefit from being a "Jack-of-all-trades" and slowly developing my various mediums over a longer period of time. What really is my motivation in improving? Sometimes I think that I would like to be commercially successful as an artist, but other times I think that I should just stick to doing this stuff "for fun" and if the rest is to be, then it will be; although I am pretty sure that unless I actively try at being commercially successful I won't be, I sometimes wonder if, were I to focus on one area, could I "accidentally" find success?
I would really appreciate my fellow artists' feedback on this one; how do you see this issue? Did you wrestle with it at one time and how did you overcome it? If you have had some commercial success, how did it come about?
Listening to: Delain
Reading: Estes, "Women Who Run With the Wolves"