I had an epiphany of sorts today. In addition to writing, one of my favorite creative pastimes is acrylic painting. I started painting about a year and a half ago. I took a class in watercolor painting, and after dabbling in that for awhile, I stretched my creative wings and started painting with acrylics. I'm not great, but I'm okay, and my skills have improved greatly through practice. (What I'll do with all of my paintings, I have no idea! I have sold a few just by posting on Facebook... but I digress.)
I have often commented that the hardest thing about painting is finding a project I want to paint. I spend hours upon hours on Pinterest and have created a board of artwork and painting ideas. (You can follow me on Pinterest here.)
Most, if not all, of my artwork has been inspired by things that someone else has already painted. I don't copy them, but rather, I let their work inspire the creativity inside of me.
I have always thought that copying books written by other authors was completely unethical, and wrong, not to mention illegal. And it is, if you plagarize. But, like my artistry, I look at another artist's work, and paint my version of the work. I use my own spin on things. My own colors. My own canvas size and style. It's not exactly copying or stealing, I like to think of it as creative inspiration.
How many times have you read a book and thought to yourself how much you wish you had written a book like that? Or thought it was a brilliant idea, if only you had thought of it first.
Now, I've not read Mr. Kleon's book, yet, but I am about to. I'll let you know how it goes!