"Good artists borrow. Great artists steal." - Pablo Picasso
Have you ever made a mistake that you've told others about? Why did you do that? Was your goal to keep them from making the same mistake? To be a good influence?
Wait a minute....😲
YOU HELPED THEM STEAL! 😱
Now, hear me out. 👂 What we often call "influence" is actually just people taking another person's intellectual property (and experience) without actual permission or any intention of returning it.
Hmmmm....sounds a whole awful lot like stealing. Doesn't it?
Never in my life did I think I would advocate for any form of stealing. 😂 But when it comes to learning skills, teachers are the BEST at facilitating stealing.
Want to know why?
Because observation is how we learn best! 🏫
So, no. Don't steal someone's brush and definitely don't steal their painting. BUT, there is a key difference that makes stealing certain types of information acceptable and even normal 🤯
When you look at the greatest or most influential painters of all time, what did they have in terms of style, technique, or experience that you can use?
Art is special in that you can see the progression of an artist right in front of you. You can view an entire gallery of successes and failures side by side.
So the moral of the story is: Learn what didn't work, find what works, and make it your own.
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