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The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.
Albert Einstein 

Every few days I open an email from another artist asking me “how did you do that?”  They want to know my techniques, my materials and…if I am not too busy…some personal instruction.  I have never felt an obligation to share my secrets with others.  To me the joy and fun of creating is to explore…try unusual things….find your art. Copying may be the greatest form of flattery, but somehow I never feel flattered when I see someone attempting to duplicate my work.  It’s almost like seeing your husband with another woman.  I feel violated.  I developed my styles the hard way….by trial and error.  I have spent many years marketing myself and building a strong following.  My work is branded well and people recognize it as mine.  So if you want to know my secret…it’s this….be your own artist….find your own voice….spend some money on a variety of materials and explore what is inside you.  Be inspired by others if you must, but always be original.  Like the quote above says “hide” your sources.  Make your inspired work so much your own that it will not be identified as someone else’s. 🙂

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Blue Abstract Art Gallery Canvas

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