Influences and authenticty

Posted by:

We live in environments that allow for so much incoming

While shopping at the market I hear music that reaches into my subconscious, popping up a picture into my consciousness from the last time Id heard it. Layer upon layer, like a collage of sound sight and smell, feelings tastes, all merge within the artist to evoke an expression. something bubbles up, percolates in our souls until we have to bring it out.
My new students have remarked in their own individual ways: Is it “cheating” to use a photograph to work off of or recreating a painting of the old masters into modern that cheating?
I think if one takes an image verbatum, so to speak, and places it up for sale with their own name on it, that is cheating.
Authors, painters, musicians are influenced by each other..What was old is new again, it has been said. the next few generations are recreating, discovering , as if anew.
However, we are today in a totally new configuration, global influence is mighty. We are multicultural. shades of what may have seemed opposite now lay side by side.
Question what you question… Be ceative! Be original, and yes be influenced.

Make everything you do Art
Elizabeth Berg


About the Author:

Hello, I'm Elizabeth Berg, illustrator, artist, and art teacher. I make custom illustrations --and use several different art styles-- to make your project stand out. I also teach fine art classes for adults and children.