Saturday, March 26, 2016

Seth Apter on Owning Your Own Voice!

We're all huge fans of mixed-media rockstar and all-around great guy, Seth Apter, and were so excited to read his new blog post, 7 Ways to Own Your Own Voice! Given that a big goal of ours here at Creative Carte Blanche is to encourage all artists to joyously celebrate their unique style, we thought you guys would enjoy it, too. Seth kindly gave us permission to share an excerpt with you, and we think you'll find that it speaks to your artistic spirit. So... take it away, Seth!

I've heard many artists say that they've had difficulty finding their own distinctive style or identifying a label that accurately describes the work they create. More and more people simply don't want to imitate the look of others. They're no longer satisfied with making cookie-cutter projects or are tired of struggling to identify their niche as artists. They want their own voice. 
If these scenarios sound familiar, take a moment to recognize that this is a good problem to have. It means you are stepping out of the shadows and into your own light. It means that you have enough confidence in your abilities to begin to rely on your talent and instincts. Rather than approach the issue with frustration, think of it as an exciting, creative opportunity. 
Many times an artist's style emerges organically over time. As such, sometimes the best way to find your voice is to simply create. And create again. And then create even more, Play. Experiment. Do the work. Regardless of the media you are working in, you might observe certain characteristics that are common in much of what you create. These might be color, texture, subject, composition, or a variety of other elements. Use them as clues to recognize your artistic voice. 
However, developing your own signature style can be challenging, even for artists who have been working for years. It just doesn't seem to happen. But don't give up. The following seven suggestions may help...


Does that resonate with you? Read the rest of this fabulous essay at Seth's blog, The Altered Page...


7 comments:

  1. Thanks to Seth Apter for posting his thoughts on this important subject. He is such an authentic REAL person and I truly believe he is speaking from his heart. I hope that everyone will read this excerpt and then go to Seth's blog to read the rest. THANK YOU SETH!!

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  2. I saw and read this on Seth's blog and it is amazing how I could see myself in several of the 7 points. It really has made me think - hard! I do hope everyone who struggles finding their own style reads it. I have printed it off so that I can refer to it each time I struggle (most days - lol). Thanks for sharing it here! Hugs, Anne xx

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  3. If you want to grow and be encouraged as an artist, hang around Seth's blog. It's a happy place!

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  4. Thank you Seth for allowing CCB to share your thoughts! I think you are such an awesome person...the real deal! I know that reading this will not only help other artists, but inspire them as well to maybe not so tough on themselves!

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  5. Thank you Seth for allowing CCB to share your thoughts! I think you are such an awesome person...the real deal! I know that reading this will not only help other artists, but inspire them as well to maybe not so tough on themselves!

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  6. I soooo agree with Yvonne - Seth is such an awesome person - the real deal. Couldn't have said it better. What a wonderful gift you have given us with this article Seth. And thank you for sharing it Creative Carte Blanche! Hugs to you all! j.

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