Sunday, April 10, 2011

how to steal like an artist :)

One of the most inspiring things I've read in a long time! :)

"Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery - celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from - it’s where you take them to."  Jim Jarmusch


  1. Misty, this was fantastic! I never thought about stealing your ideas. But, when you think of it, it's true and nothing really truly is original! I really enjoyed reading this!! Have a great one ;o) Take Care ;o)

  2. Hey Misty, I just read it again, it's so good! Thanks for sharing this!! A+++

  3. Wasn't it Picasso who said that bad artists copy but great artists steal?

  4. Thanks Stacy! I can't take credit for the post but I stole his link to share with ya'll! :D Glad you enjoyed it! :)

    haha, Debra, I'll take it! :)

  5. Hi Misty , yep , absolutely agree, for some reason was just thinking about that the other day, and i had come across a small bit of conversation by Jim Jarmusch on that ... i dont know can i link on posts? i'll try
    the difference between authenticity and originality....makes sense ..

  6. wow Eimear!
    and I like it so much I'm going to post that quote on this entry!
    Thank you!! :)

  7. You're welcome, yeah , i remember reading it and thinking it makes so much sense, it's natural, you gather, assimilate all these ideas without even realising sometimes, othertimes you are aware. but I think it's how you bring these things through in your own work, that makes it "you", authentic.


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