My own theory is that your choices of instruction and studying other artists plays into that process. I've noticed when deciding what class or workshop to take, I usually look at the paintings of the teacher. It's obvious, but i would never take a class from someone whose paintings I didn't like.
I've been looking back at my own choices of classes and how they have influenced me. In the end, I think you use a little of what you like from every class you take and before you know it you have your own style. Maybe that is obvious, too.
When I first started to paint and didn't even know about workshops, I was looking through an art magazine and noticed that a class was offered by the author of my favorite book at the time. It seemed amazing to me how I could actually take a class from someone so accomplished. There it was in the magazine. I got online, signed my husband and me for the class and we attended the class in South Carolina, a great experience from a wonderful teacher.
To show you what I groupie I was, here is a photo of the teachers book that I had autographed. In my next blog I'll tell you more about that workshop and other workshops that I have taken.
Paintings that I did during and right after that class: