I finished my little angel yesterday. I like her but I can't look at her without seeing the blatant influences of other artists I love. That's my biggest quandary......how to be influenced without looking like the person who influences you. As artists, we are all influenced by something or someone.....whether it be a Van Gogh or the art on a coffee can.....it's there, you can't escape it. But I feel my art sometimes almost looks like a copy or a reproduction of other artists work.
I've been painting angels for as long as I can remember but after finding an artist called Gritty Jane, I felt my angels started to come alive. I loved her work and tried out some of her techniques and enjoyed them immensely. But after a few months, I found myself very humbly having to apologize to her for looking WAY to similar. How humiliating.
How to be influenced without being a copycat.........How??
On the other hand, I'm sure you won't have to look very far to find another artist who resembles your own work....most likely an artist who has never even heard of you....which makes me wonder, are there any new ideas out there? Is most art just 'recycled'?
Oh my.....I've been snowed in for too long. How about I just end this now with an awesome article a friend shared with me today. It's WELL worth a looksy.
AND.... the gallery is coming along nicely. You can't tell from this picture but here's a sneak peak, anyway.
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