Alright, so I watch a lot of YouTube artists, and a lot of informational videos by successful artists. I came across this video the other day (no, I’m not naming the channel) that advised to find and paint in ONE genre…ONLY. That ONE genre as the artist put it is your niche and the key to your success (apparently because it worked for them).
STOP! STOP! STOP!
Wait! You’re telling me I can only paint the same type of shit!? ONLY!? All the time! And that is my key (among other things) to being successful!? WTF!? Where’s the hidden camera!?
Listen people, and by people, I mean my fellow artists… It’s perfectly fine to paint in more than one genre. For those who don’t know, I’m also a Self-Published Author of 9 books, and yes, they’re in multiple genres;
- Espionage / Spy
While I’m not a New York Times Best-Selling Author, I can certainly tell you that some of my book fans don’t care for Sci-Fi, but they love Poetry. Some don’t care for Poetry, but they love Urban-Drama–you see where I’m going? I credit writing in multi-genres to the success I’ve seen as an author and applied it to my work as an artist. If I had only stuck to writing Sci-Fi, I would’ve lost the Poetry fans and sales. If I had only wrote Poetry, I would’ve lost the Urban-Drama fans and sales.
I have sold books in each and every genre that I write in and by doing so, have widened my audience and selling potential because I chose NOT to confine myself to only one genre. Not only did I not want to be confined to a single genre, I also wanted to challenge myself and hone my writing skills… its the same thing I do as an artist.
As an artist, I primarily paint landscapes and abstracts, but I’ve also done;
- Seasonal Paintings (holidays, etc)
- Cultural/Ethnic Paintings
- Socially Conscious/Political Paintings
Obviously because I’m most comfortable with abstracts and landscapes, I’ve sold more of those than anything, but I have sold in some of the other genres as well, in addition to commissions, which always take me out of my genre.
So here’s my advice, and keep in mind, I’m still trying to become a FT artist just like you, but in my experience, it’s best to do what you feel is best for you. What’s best for me, may not be best for you, and vice versa. If you want to paint in one genre–do it, but I always say at least try other genres… explore, play around a bit, if you like them, then incorporate them in, if not, keep doing what has been best for you.
Most of all, please know it’s ok to work in multiple genres! I will never limit myself to a single genre! I know this was a lot longer than my usual posts, so thanks for stopping by! Take care!