Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Be inspired

I'll admit it: I don't read long, wordy blog posts.
So I'll keep this short but sweet.

There's been an alarming trend to rip off art work... to copy and call it one's own. 
People haven't thought much about the fact that "borrowing" someone's image is stealing.

Having said that, there are good ways to be inspired by the work of others.

I admire the work of artist Michelle Palmer (click to see her wonderful blog)
Michelle's work is completely different than mine but when I noticed a few months ago that she has been using scripture in her art, she inspired me to get out my pens, inks and paints and do the same.

It’s wonderful to gather inspiration where you find it, but remember what your second grade teacher told you? Do your own work. It’s not okay to copy your neighbor. We are all better off when we value ourselves enough to stick to our own original best. US copyright law agrees with your teacher. Copying is wrong. Do your own work and smile when you look in the mirror.

I'm part of a group of artists who support the copyright laws and the concept of being your own original best. We're doing a blog hop today. 

Join us and hop to the other blogs:
And here's another good site to learn about being your own original best instead of an awful imitation of someone else. 

Let's stamp out unkindness and theft. It's just ugly.