It’s always interesting to me when something comes up a few times in a row under different contexts. It’s a for-sure message to me to pay attention.
First I had a conversation with a friend in which we were discussing the phenomenon where two or more folks independently come up with a similar idea. I like to think about inspiration as being this huge pool we can draw from. Endless stuff available, but sometimes two people are looking at the same water lily. And there’s nothing wrong with that. Each can create from their perspective. Same starting point, different interpretations. Where it gets tricky and sticky is when someone feels like their work has been stolen.
It just so happens that the book Steal Like an Artist just made it to the top of my reading pile last night. The coincidence of that really made me laugh. While I haven’t begun it yet, I think it’ll be helpful as I continue to think about this.
And finally just to round things off, today two people I admire announced new projects I adore, but that also happen to be really similar to much-loved projects I’m working on. Sigh. That brings up lots of issues. Do I want to deep- six my plans and work and chalk it up to someone was quicker on the draw than me? I don’t think so. This stuff lights me up and if there is one thing I know it’s that you really only want to do what lights you up. Should I berate myself because in truth I move slower and more deliberately than a lot of folks, and that by nature might mean the odds are against that I’ll be first out of the gate? No, I don’t think I want to embrace that one either. My pace and rhythm are just as much a part of who I am as my language. I just want my projects/offerings to be woven through and through with my-ness. And that I can’t help but do. Should I worry people will think I’m a copycat? Bottom line truth is I can’t control what anyone thinks. Integrity is important to me, and frankly I like living in a world where it’s important to others as well. And I just have to trust people get that about me.
So I’m keeping my projects; I believe there’s room enough for everyone on the playground; and I’m smiling that our creative Muses don’t seem to mind hooking us up to the same inspiration.
It’s been over a week since I posted the daily index cards I’ve created for the ICAD challenge, so it’s time to do that. I invite you to head over to Daisy Yellow’s site and check out this week’s link up party to see what ICAD creations have been posted. Here are mine:
And it’s also time to post my final creation for the Summer of Color challenge. I can hardly believe 6 weeks of color challenges have passed so quickly! This week’s palette was sepia and sage. Be sure to check out all the other entries here.
This week I returned to making another little book – this time one of my fave fold-and-cut creations. While I can’t seem to get the colors to appear accurately, they really are sepia and sage.
I’m calling it my Venus Book. I’ve glued a pressed bit of Venus Maidenhair Fern to the cover, and attached one of the daily selfies I’ve taken this month. Given that this selfie project is part of my summer of extraordinary self-love where I’m doing my best to lavish myself, particularly my tender physical self, with compassion and love, it feels like the Venus title is perfect.
Inside I’ve mounted contact sheet prints of all the selfies I’ve taken this month. Here’s a peek at the first couple pages. The saying is from a vintage weigh-yourself-for-a-penny-and-get-a-fortune machine. How perfect is it for this booklet?
There you have it – a peek at some of the things I’ve done and some thoughts about some of the projects not-yet-ready-for-revealing. What about you? Ever struggle with someone else doing something you wanted to? Had someone copy your work? Read the Steal book? Have a Venus story you’d like to share? Do tell – you know I love to hear.