This idea that an artist must develop a style is something that gets my goat (is that an expression? what does it mean? we used to have a pet goat, they make great pets by the way.) Or that you have to find it. It sounds so intentional and... contrived. Like it is some conscious choice that you make. I will take this...
and paint like Rembrandt.
In which case, I choose to draw like Picasso
Or perhaps draw like Durer
and paint like Kandinsky.
I don't think it is a choice. You don't get to choose your style anymore than you get to choose your height or your personality or your looks. Sure you get a bit of wiggle-room, what you do with what you've got kind of thing -- but in my experience certain things just ain't gonna happen.
Like me. Now I am not comparing myself with any of the previous masters, but my odds are a lot better in having a style like Durer than Picasso. And Rembrandt than Kandinsky. Now I will most likely never achieve either, but I can go in certain general directions and try and do the best I can.
I started realising this at a certain point in my development when no matter what I painted, it looked like something that I had painted. This used to frustrate me. I used to look at a piece I was working on and say with scorn "that looks like something I would do." (This may reveal a few more issues than just my painting style, but lets not go there.)
to be continued...