In the wake of some pretty icky things happening to people I respect & think very highly of, I wanted to share a personal story regarding what many of you already know is a major issue for me- theft of others work & plagiarism.
I had a longer preamble about inspiration & cultivating creativity but it won’t all fit...
I don’t always draw inspiration solely from my own experiences, often it forms over many ideas. The way color is used in another piece, light & shadow from life, scale & texture in a photo I found. All sorts of things. They all come together to form a tasty smorgasbord that is a finished piece. Sometimes I’m inspired by one single image that may not mine but I develop my work into something brand new from it & SOMETIMES I get so wrapped up in what I’m working on that my finished piece isn’t as different from the inspiration as I’d imagined. That’s the case with the above painting. I found a gorgeous photo by @erubes1 that I loved. The color, layout, movement of the clouds, it’s all so perfect. I painted & painted, going back, redoing pieces, over & over. By the time I felt I’d finished, I stepped back & saw I’d recreated his photo into paint. The painting I worked so hard on over several months was really born first by the work of another person & I decided that person deserved a say in what happens with it. So I reached out to him. I sent him a message & a photo asking if he’d be okay if I try to sell the original & have prints available. I was nervous, I felt that just by having this painting look so similar to it’s ref. that I had already done something wrong (turns out that’s not necessarily true) but felt I was doing the right thing in reaching out. He ended up responding in such a sweet and positive way & obliged my request!
Continued in comments...
This painting is called "J".
I thought that was his name the whole time I was painting it for some reason.
It was a great experience, making this one. I was listening to The Velvet Underground's third album.
Acrylic and oil pastel on canvas board.