I suppose I held at least a flickering fancy that at the end of six weeks’ time in the Signature Style Workshop, my very unique style would have emerged garnering approval from even my harshest critic– me.
The first hour of the workshop gave my naïveté a reality check. Georgia O’Keeffe, Audrey explained, gave up painting entirely for five years after winning an award for an exquisite, albeit not entirely unique, painting until she was able to emerge with a style now easily recognized as hers alone.
That’s when the fun began! Looking through the large assortment of mediums Audrey had provided was like browsing a candy store. I felt the joy of nursery school again– wielding a fat brush filled with paint and simply seeing what would happen.
Enthusiasm slightly dampened by the juvenile results, the next hurdle was to once again reign in left-brain symbolism while maintaining a loose creativity. Meanwhile, learning the advantages and limitations of the various mediums was challenging.
It’s easy to get discouraged trying something new without immediately having positive results, but the opportunity to play and experiment with so much new material was incredibly beneficial.
I’m entirely sure the experience forged new paths leaving us with greater awareness, heightened curiosity and a sense for the direction of our personal styles. An opportunity to be guided in dismissing fear of failure and be encouraged to explore new channels is not to be missed! That is success.