Trying to pre-determine what your “easily-recognizable painting style” will be in the future is impossible. Once you’ve gotten in your 10,000 hours of painting, which is what the authorities say is required to become an expert, you will certainly have a recognizable style. But even then a painter’s style will continue to evolve, especially if he is intent on improving.
Charles Mundy, one of my favorite painters, most certainly had his hours in when he first hit the national art scene and yet his style has continued to evolve, at least to my eye. Mundy echoes Whistler’s advice, “Find the form, then lose it, then find it …” He once used primarily Kleenex to “soften” his edges, now it looks more like he uses his thumb as you can see and compare in these images of 2 Still Lifes of his, the larger one done many years ago. Mundy Still Lifes
I would love to ask him if one of his early heroes was Frederich Mulhaupt [1871-1938]. He surely was one of mine. Doesn’t this image of one of Mulhaupt’s harbor scenes remind you of similar scenes by Mundy? Next time I’ll post 2 images of Jim Reynolds paintings, done 40 years apart, and the first was done well after Reynolds had his hours in.