We are all creators in one form or another. Are we creating something that has been done before, or are we original? As an artist, I think I’m being original. But the fact is, I’m not. Literally everything I do has been done before in someway. My unique style and interpretation or impression makes my work original. The gift that God gave me and only me. He wants us to use each other for learning, inspiration and encouragement. I’m sure you’ve heard that copying is the highest form of flattery. Just as long it is not copying verbatim, I am sure. I’m glad you like my stuff, but don’t take it and call it yers.
There are few people in the world that are truly original. Thomas Edison. Benjamin Franklin. Bill Gates. da Vinci. Those kinda folks. Even the lady who invented Spanx was just modeling her product after the ol’ girdle. Not sure her name for it is better though.
Dale Chihuly is an artist. I have studied him for years but recently I saw a documentary about him that stunned me. He blows glass. In that regard, he is a copycat. His style is so completely original that I’m almost sure that he is the only guy that has done what he does to date. In our history. I could be wrong. Enjoy his beautiful glass gardens and sculptures. Complete and utter genius.
I hope this brightens your day as it has mine.