I have often been crucified by the public for not sticking to a theme over an extended period of time. I have tried to find a topic or theme to explore over and over again but I get bored with the subject matter after a while. I have attempted to paint portraits, trees, flowers, water formations, water plants, etc. I have created puppets, sculptures and masks which I have been very successful at. I have even attempted quilting and have purchased fabric and supplies to quilt for a lifetime. But, after a while I get bored doing the same image over and over again. Is it important to stick with one theme and technique for a lifetime?? I have so many years to live and lately I have been asking myself, “What theme and technique can I stick with?”
I love Gerhard Richter’s works and he is consistent. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjoAum7Fdes If you see one of his works in New York, Germany, or in London, you will always recognize Richter’s works. He has a specific technique that he uses over and over again. He takes a squeegee in different sizes and moves the paint across his canvases. He makes hundreds of paintings and all of them are done in the same way. He has found a technique and a procedure for applying the paint onto his canvas. He loves colour, (or the absence of colour) and plays around with one colour next to another colour and is not satisfied until he feels it is done. I love his work and would love to find a technique and painting style that becomes my identity. It really is scary just making the same painting in variations over and over again. But, consistency is often recommended by the art world.