I read in Qiang Huang's excellent blog that he believes that artists tend to group into two categories: still life/portrait painters and landscape painters. The still life/portrait folks enjoy painting the forms of things, while landscape painters look for the patterns in their surroundings. When I read this, it was as if a gong sounded in my head-- I'm a form painter, and always have been!
I started to think about other artists through history, and they did tend to settle in one or the other of these two categories. Qiang went on to say that after an artist has mastered one type of painting, he or she often starts to look for challenge in the other genre.
I love a beautiful landscape as much as the next person, but have had a dickens of a time painting my own. It's good to know that there is a challenge out there on the horizon, waiting for me to put my toe into new waters. But maybe not today. Tomorrow's not looking good either!
Still Life by Qiang Huang