Years ago, a painting instructor said to me "You KNOW how to paint, but you need to find your own voice". What did he mean? I took him to mean that I should move away from imitation and express who I am in my work. Be unique! I began by consciously listening to my subconscious. By tapping into these thoughts, I found a fresh perspective for my work. Think about it: how many artists have painted portraits? Bazillions! But, you can easily recognize a portrait painted by Van Gogh, or Renoir, or Picasso. Why? Because each imparted his unique viewpoint and style to his portrait- a "solto voce."
Lately, someone admonished me, "You don't want to be known as that 'cracked eggshell artist!' so move on; do something else!" Well, I'd be very happy to be known for this body of work. It is unique. It's better than not being recognized at all. And, I do paint concepts other than egg shells, but I keep this series going because it forces me to tap into my subconscious on a daily basis. One of our fellow bloggers, Don Michael, Jr., is very successful at this (I hope you don't mind the plug, Don!). Take a look at his work at http://www.donmichaeljr.com/blog/. So, the point of this rambling is to find what makes you unique as an artist. Steer away from imitation and be original!