Peaceful Morning, 2012, Jo-Ann Sanborn
acrylic on board, 5"x7"
I recently wrote about making original art. Its been said that nothing is
truly original. So how do we grow as artists? Does our inspiration come
from our deep within our own brain, or is it triggered by something we see?
The answer may be a little of both.
Art History should be a part of what every artist knows. We look at the art
of those who came before us. We also look at the work of our
contemporaries, to see what they are doing. When we look at the work of
others, what happens? Some assessing and some absorbing, and yes, maybe
even some borrowing. But not stealing.
I know that I'm personally interested in seeing what other artists have
done or are doing, particularly the work of other landscape painters. I
often see something that I am drawn to in other artists work. I might post
a copy of what interests me on my inspiration board, and look at it for
days, trying to understand the technique or appreciating the delicateness
of the work. Some of this will stay with me, and when the opportunity
arises I might try the technique or use the color combination in a part of
Artists are always learning, and exploring the work of others doing similar
work is part of that process. It's part of determining where your own work
fits in the context of where you stand as an artist in the world today.
After you build a strong foundation of knowledge, your own work will have
the strength to stand on its own.
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