Drive it Like You Stole it!

Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative
by Austin Kleon

You don’t need to be a genius, you just need to be yourself. That’s the message from Austin Kleon, a young writer and artist who knows that creativity is everywhere, creativity is for everyone. A manifesto for the digital age, Steal Like an Artist is a guide whose positive message, graphic look and illustrations, exercises, and examples will put readers directly in touch with their artistic side.

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!

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Lori L. Clark

Lori L. Clark currently resides in Hazelwood, MO with three rescue dogs. When Lori isn't listening to the voices in her head, waiting for the next creative inspiration to strike, she also loves to read, run, paint pet portraits and save dogs. Email Lori at

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