Some people are clear on their standpoint as an artists, while others remain in the process of discovery. Either way it is important to articulate your creative objectives.
Ask yourself: What am I trying to achieve with my art? What’s my art about?
Try answering this with ‘free writing’ anything that pops into your head – words, thoughts, phrases, feelings - even if it makes no sense at the onset. Rest your work and then review it. See what you discover.
Consider your influences:
- Are they external? (music, literature, history, politics, environment)
- Or internal (experiences, emotions, dreams, relationships)
Write a back-of-the-envelope list of 20 influences on your work.
Ask a friend: "What do you see as repeated themes in my work?" Take notes about what they say.
As a doodle, mind-map all the themes & materials you have worked with. Then link up themes, formulas, ideas and associations you see on the paper. These links can be a new awareness or a pattern you know to be true.