Vision is not enough – it must be combined with venture.
It is not enough to stare up the steps, we must step up the stairs.
Vaclav Havel
I've been thinking deeply about what it means for an artist to find her own "voice" for a while now. I hear from students who are deeply distressed, trying to figure it out and wondering if they even have a voice. Let's break it down a bit.

Definition: Voice is the power of uttering sounds. As a verb it is to give utterance or expression to.

Synonyms: speech, statement, delivery, inflection, articulation, tone, sound.

Origins: First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English, (noun) from Anglo-French voiz, voice or directly from Old French voiz, vois, from Latin vōcem, accusative of vōx; akin to vocāre “to call,” Greek óps “voice,” épos“word” (see epic), Sanskrit vakti “(he) speaks”

How does that relate to the voice of an artist?

Art is a visual language. A communication. An artist's voice is the unique form of delivering of that communication. You recognize the voice of a friend because there is something unique about the way she speaks. You recognize the voice of an artist because there is something consistent and unique about the way she creates.

An artist who makes pictures that look good but express nothing
is like a writer whose words sound good but have no meaning.
Gerald Brommer
Think of how we first learn to speak. We listen and begin to understand. We repeat the sounds and then we repeat words. It takes time, but eventually we formulate our own thoughts and express them with words formed into sentences.

Translate this to the visual language. We see the art that calls to us. Art that calls to us even if we do not fully understand it. We learn techniques - often copying the work of those we admire. (This is a perfectly valid and often necessary part of the learning process.) We develop skills and eventually, we are able to express the message we wish to convey.

In order to be clearly understood, we need to have spent the time and effort it takes to develop the skills to speak the language that most effectively communicates our message.
In other words
and you will find your voice

I invite you to join me in developing your own unique voice as an artist!

If you are ready to spend time developing your voice as an artist, really truly examining your goals, your processes, and your vision, join me.

Do it all while in the comfort of your own studio, working on your OWN current work. With me, and other artists supporting you and encouraging you every step of the way.

There will be a very limited number of participants. Sign up now to reserve your spot.

ad for your vision your voice retreat hand holding glasses and microphone

Join me for a guided Independent study retreat February 8-13. Spend a week honing your voice and clarifying your vision as an artist in a thoughtfully supportive environment. 

You may choose to participate in daily thought topics, critique sessions, and design exercises with your classmates, or not. Lyric will be with you the entire time to give direction, feedback, and lots and lots of individual guidance and encouragement.

What you work on during this week is entirely up to you. Here are a few possibilities, but there are infinite options. Worksheets and a quick call with Lyric before the retreat will help you set goals for the week.

Work on a meaningful piece of art
Work on a series
Work through a series of design exercises
Work through ideas you've been wanting to explore
Work to understand specific Design Principles

There will be a very limited number of participants. Sign up now to reserve your spot.

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