After my Mentor, Ralph E. Grimes, got me rolling with my art and learning about The Arts, he often mentioned my rapid progress. Each week we would meet, listen to classical or jazz music, discuss the problems encountered and work out handlings. After a while of doing this, Ralph bade farewell at the end of each meeting with “Sail on Silver Girl.”
Of course, you do not want to copy other artists’ work. Besides violating copyrights, it’s just unethical.
But why not learn from copying? Many artists paint old masters paintings just to learn how to do it. And you do learn a lot. As long as you aren’t selling it, or passing it off as a real old master,
Art is a competitive event
only among fools.
Do not concern yourself with those
who create what you do not. No matter
the brilliance of their light.
For they do not create
as you would create.
There is no competition among artists.