Now this may be a bit heavy for me what I am fixin to write but it has been on my heart so here is my opinion, did I ask for this you are saying? Nope just a freebie from Annette.
I have always heard the saying there is nothing new under the sun and I do believe that. Oh there may be a new technique or little different spin on something be it art or fashion and in fact anything that comes to mind. I do believe the main thing is to just do your own thing with whatever technique you learn and it will be yours. AND always encourage each other in whatever endeavor you try. Isn't that what fellow artists do with each other or should be anyway. What if a negative word would have been said to Mary Cassatt? A wonderful pastel artist and she would not have created her work? Maybe she did have negative words but was a strong lady and said phooey on you I am going to do my own thing. Well, don't know if they uses words like that then but could have.
I guess what I am trying to say is Art is a personal thing and NO ONE has a right to say it is mine, you cannot do it like me. Be it a subject or size or color or technique or anything. It has already been done. Yes I know about the copyrights but trust me as a professional photographer for 24 years I do know about copyrights. This is another subject and I just don't want to waste my time about it. I think it has been stated and stated about enough. I don't believe any of us in the 21st century has discovered the wheel in the art world. Now I took lessons years ago, in the 70's and yes the world still was working back then, off of an artist. Ben Konis what a teacher !!!!! He would always say that you can copy me all you want but it will never be a Ben Konis and that has always stuck with me. In photography also you can copy an idea but it is your take on the idea not being a copy cat just playing and adding your touch. Take Anne Geddes, what beautiful images of children she does create. I can safely say she is secure enough in her world that she isn't afraid that someone will steal her ideas and copy anything she creates. She probably takes it as flattery to her skill and art.
I also feel that taking their ideas and going with it is highest form of flattery. That you think enough of the artist that you love their technique enough to go with it.
I have been blessed to take off of some wonderful artists and teachers of art and they have been so secure in their world. They teach us with their heart, not to make dollars but to share their knowledge. I have purchased DVDs with lessons on them and when I do those or take a lesson on line I try to do exactly what they do to get the feel of what they are teaching and then go off my way to interpret what I feel with their teachings.
I just took another class at Life Book with Tammy's crew and it was with Juliette Crane and her wonderful animals. She doesn't mind you " copying " her to a tee or spinning off on your own. Such a gracious lady and teaches with her heart. Here is my animal totem she said for us to do, an animal that speaks to us using her technique and background style. It was truley a fun techinque and study to do. I do hope you can tell it is a painted pony. Thank you Juliette Crane. I just took her technique and had fun with it.
I have been doing some sketching of faces, something I had done years ago and been rusty and now just having a blast with them. Hummmmm I wonder if people have done pencil sketching of celebrities? Bet so. You saw my attempt of Condaleezza Rice, OK pretty lady will try you again.
I have tried Matthew McConahay and Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow (sigh). Now calm your hearts down my dears, don't let it beat to hard. Here they are
This is my take on these two heart throbs, maybe not perfect but I do see a couple of things to readjust but that will come. LOL what am I saying ? Several things to readjust but that gives me another excuse to draw them again. SIGH . You know sometimes it is a tough job sketching heart throb celebs.
Sooooooooo a giant thanks to Zinnia, Mary Jane Chadborne, Pat Winter, Karen Bonaker, Marilyn Sholin, Nellie Wortman and all of you who have shared your hearts and let us spread our wings in the art world. I know I have left some out but my fingers are tired. I do promise not to mention this subject again. Well the sketching and painting yes but the other NOPE no more. Onward and upward.
Thanks for stopping by and seeing what is going on in my world.