As we began our trek into the world of art most of us spent a decent amount of time experimenting to find our niche.
What Exactly do You Mean by "Experiment".Trying new things - of course we should experiment and text our tools, that's one of the first steps to becoming an artist in learning what you're working with and how to use your resources and tools to produce the best outcome for your art. What this article is about however is going outside your style and technique.
Why Should You Experiment?Experimenting is a crucial part of learning. It's also a giant piece of expanding, improving and adding to what you already have. Imagine if the first thing you created was all you ever did. I'd be taking photo after photo of the sunrise: two problems with that are I'm not a mining person and that'd get really boring, really fast - for all of us.
Whether you decide to stick with the same media [i.e. a poetry trying prose] or completely switch it up [a photographer testing out painting], both can be beneficial to you as an artist.
1. Learn Something NewEspecially if you're sticking with the same medium - but stepping outside your boundaries you are opening yourself up to new possibilities. Different styles and areas of art offer a focus on different lessons - for example photographing people taught me more about shadows and lighting that I was able to carry into nature and still life photography as well. As you move back and forth between two or more areas, you find how to mix techniques and create or improve your style.
2. Add DiversityThis is an important one, especially if you're trying to make art your career. Sure your specialty, let's say earrings may land you a job or sale but if you can make bracelets, rings and necklaces as well into your business it creates more opportunities for potential future customers - such as if I find a pair of earrings I really like and you offer a matching bracelet I'm likely to buy the set. Same with using different styles - if you only have one style that varies slightly from the last I'm not likely to come back for more - but if you have different styles and I like your work I'll be back.
In business; art related or not, expanding your abilities and adding diversity into your work is extremely helpful, if not necessary to making it work for you.
3. You Don't Get BoredPersonally, this is a big problem I face myself. I find something, fall in love, get bored and never return. When you do the same things over and over it's easy for it to grow tiresome and almost forced; causing some to grow bored and walk away.
Boredom is the perfect time to start trying new things, especially if you want to try an entirely new medium. You may find you have a passion, drive and desire for other types of art - as a traditional artist may you'll try out digital. Or maybe you want a complete change so as a writer you take up some type of artisan craft. However you want to work it, trying new things is what makes life interesting.
4. It's FunWhether you're finding a completely new interest or just changing up your subjects and style - change can be exhilarating and fun. Even if it's something you only do once or twice and never come back to - it's new and maybe you'll take something from it with you - if nothing else you had an experience.
5. What Have You Got to Lose?Seriously. So your photo doesn't come out, you story is terrible and your cupcakes look more like squashed bugs than roses. Other than that, really what have you got to lose from this? So you're not a poet, you'll continue buying jewelry from easy and you're left with the question "can you burn canvas at a bonfire?" that's fine too.
Or maybe - you realized you love baking. Painting is the most blissful and relaxing thing ever. Maybe that short story you wrote has a break from your drawing routine has a lot of potential.
The whole point? Was it fun? Did you learn something? Did you get inspired, find an interest or get an idea? Perfect! Then experimenting worked perfectly for you!