Artist, who are you?
Uniquely you not a
clone, not a copy, not a mimic thats who you are,
and your artwork must reflect that uniqueness. Otherwise,
you are not an artist.
Were not talking whether you do pointillism just
dont look like a Seurat mimic. Or
impressionism (dont try to be the 21st centurys
Pissarro). Or expressionism (You arent Matisse
reincarnated. Really!). Do YOU your soul, your
spirit, your personality and personal perspective; your
vision and style.
Without that, you arent an artist. Without that,
you are either/and/or:
- a mimic,
- a copyist,
- still developing, which means floundering
The only, and I mean only, one of
those three which is acceptable is number three still
developing which, of course, means you can mimic and copy
all you want, as long as you realize that copying and
mimicking are tools, usually used to learn technique or break
rigidity. You may use them as tools:
- to explore who, what, and where you are as an
- to discover what art lives inside you,
- to keep developing and cultivating your own unique style
You may not simply keep on doing more Seurat,
Matisse, Pissarro, or [insert artist name]
look-alikes. Why? Because without your own unique
style and vision, what you create is not art. Its
simply making pictures or objects
just like all the other
mimics and copyists out there.
Be you. Uniquely.
Originally posted by DLKeur on her art blog on June 27, 2007.
Copyright 2007 D.L.Keur &/or F.W.Lineberry, http://www.zentao.com . All rights reserved. Reprint rights granted ONLY if linked and credited.