All great artists see the world in a unique way. They have stepped across an invisible line which separates them from other artists. They see an ordinary object, but in an unusual way that transcends the ordinary. They have an idea. I think the best ideas are simple alternatives to solving the same problems that artists have faced since the first cave-person etched a stick figure onto a stone. The best ideas are the ones that have me wondering, "Why didn't I think of that?"
In my last blog I talked about inspiration and how to train my eye to see beauty in everyday things. But there is one further step to take. If I want to stand apart from the many artists who are talented, driven and determined, I have to be unique. When approaching a subject, it is just not enough to paint well or get the perspective correct. I need to digest the subject and make it mine. I need to own it and translate that ownership into the painting.
"Good artists borrow. Great artists steal." - Pablo Picasso
A controversial statement, certainly, but I interpret this in a very different way than the common wisdom. I don't think Picasso was talking about stealing someone else's ideas. I believe he is revealing the intangible ability which sets some artists apart. That ability is to own the object that they are painting. He is not just borrowing a model's image; he steals it and makes it his own.
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I LOVED our conversation about this topic this morning on the way to the paint out. I certainly had not looked at Picasso's words in this way, but your insight is really intriguing....
Thanks Marian. Part of my reasoning has to do with Picasso personality. I don't think his ego would allow him to admit that he was a thief of ideas.
Hello my name is Brandon Crawford, my mom and I was planning to move to the Island Trinidad West Indies,
we packed up the barrels with all my Art and books that I have written and not publish and and all his original Art work and tons of his Art work was stolen, so we are going to file a claim to see.If we could fine all his work I felt so hurt that this happen,I hope to recover the Art work that was stolen from the shipping company in N.Y.Thanks for your time and consideration.
I am very happy to shearing this information,This was a heist.I am Theresa Crawford, Brandon is my son
I help him with his art web sight,Thanks again for listening to us, when You have something so precious stolen from us.
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