I have recently gotten myself into trouble....again....being called a thief and a fraud....ouch! these are feelings that i...as an artist...i battle daily!
is being inspired by another artist and then trying their techniques really stealing? is it inspiration or is it thievery? (there is a great best selling book titled 'Steal Like an Artist)
if i take a class and then tweak it in my own way and then teach it to others....am i a fraud? will the 'fraud police' show up at my door and take my 'art' away?
how long do i give credit to the artist i learned from? do i sign their name to the pieces i make? even if the technique is done by many artists, do i still give credit to the one that passed it on to me??
i teach classes too....and i would only hope that my students pass on what they learn from me. i feel a responsibility, as a working artist to pass these creative ideas, gifts, along. i am not so great that i can keep these ideas to myself. 'ART' is a way of expressing, processing, problem solving...we need others inspiration to grow...emotionally and spiritually...
yes, these amazing artists are in my class to learn from me...but really...they could learn these techniques on youtube....there are videos on everything nowadays! we gather together in classes for inspiration, techniques, new ideas, support and community....to laugh, dance, cry, and yes...create!
i am so grateful to the artists that have come before me and have been willing to share with me, their techniques and their ideas (which i think they have 'stolen' from other artists).
it takes courage to put yourself out there for the 'judgement' of others, so thank you with all my heart for having the courage to step on some toes along the way.
we are each given so many gifts....thank you for sharing your gifts with me!
3 years ago