Drawing on your own
There’s only one you, only one me. You can’t really copy me, and I can’t copy you either, but together we can move forward by inspiring and supporting each other. We can’t really be in competition with each other if we are both following our hearts. That goes against most business models of course, but creativity can’t be contained or restricted, otherwise it withers and dies.
Copied ideas don’t have the original inspiration or fire behind them, and although art forgers can make big bucks, most people make art because it gives them pleasure and a sense of personal achievement. Essentially we are all unique even if we ‘borrow’ every now and then. When you translate someone else’s idea through your own talents and processes, it becomes your own. That’s different to copying.
For this reason I am happy to share everything I have ever learnt or discovered. All the years that I have spent teaching and encouraging others to discover the joys of drawing have probably helped me as much as my students. Trying to describe the process of drawing in words has clarified and distilled it for me. It has also shown me the simplest ways to teach drawing to anyone who wants to learn.
14/1/2015 10:05:47 am
Well said, Jen. So true!
14/1/2015 10:07:18 am
So very true, Jeni. Sometimes a client will ask me to execute a piece in this or that artist's style. Nothing but frustration can come from such a commission ... But now I know better and I politely decline the job. Just because you "can" doesn't mean you "should"!! Each artist should be appreciated for the unique energy and vision and style that they bring to their work.
14/1/2015 10:39:58 am
Wise words jeni..once one's individual creativity is fired up there s no stopping it. Why should one copy another artist? It just shows insecurity. Whereas when one trusts one s creativity it shows belief in one s self & in one s journey!
14/1/2015 11:20:35 am
I find commissions really hard to even contemplate. Trying to fulfil someone else's vision is a talent that some people have, but not me. I did do a huge collage painting for someone before Christmas though - mainly because it was for good friends of mine and they allowed me a very free hand to do it. I'll post a photo of it in a blog soon.... it's an interesting subject, isn't it?
14/1/2015 12:02:19 pm
And as the recipient of the huge collage painting I can attest to the nervousness on both sides of the commissioning relationship! But it was an instant of joy and wonder when it was revealed and we couldn't be happier with the work!
15/1/2015 02:54:48 am
Love it when I have time to read through your musings Jeni..always spot on!
16/1/2015 08:49:34 am
16/1/2015 08:52:27 am
Hi Caroline - I don't suppose anyone has time to read all my ramblings, but it's been very interesting for me to write them down. I'd like to organise them into an ebook at some stage, but at the moment that seems more like work than rambling!!
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