Bad Artists Copy. Good Artists Steal.

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Love him or hate him...

Unintentionally topical, any news referencing Barbara Windsor (God bless her!) has the obligatory tag “National treasure” and rightly so in my opinion.  In the same way, I image most people would use the words “love him or hate him…” when talking about Picasso.

Picasso is credited as saying “Bad artists copy. Good artists steal.” 

Last night I was contacted by an art magazine asking if the work here is my own and would I be interested in a feature article about my ‘work’.

The straight answer is yes and no.

Yes, it is, so far as I’ve been bothered to look back to see for myself.  But also no because

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My version….obviously!

I have up until fairly recently copied paintings, any paintings, that I like.   I’ve never knowingly promoted them as mine quite simply because until now I’ve NEVER promoted my work full stop.

The reason I’ve copied paintings in the past is so that I don’t have to worry about composition or the subject matter etc.  As I’m completely self taught, it was merely an exercise that allowed me to focus solely on ‘painting’ and nothing else.

My version of Sunflowers was painted in about 2004 and it was my 2nd or 3rd oil painting.  As I only left school with an art O level, it shouldn’t be too bad but I was quite pleased with it and as I said, all I had to worry about was the actual ‘painting’ part, not all the more technical side of art.

But hey, that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.

As always, I’d be interested in your thoughts.