Thursday, July 1, 2010

For the love of influences =1st in a series of post

 I have been wanting to do a series of blog post  on other wonderful artist who have influenced me. I think we feel awkward to do this for fear of what others will think " OMG you mean you  copy !!!!"  Well, I hope not exactly, but it is natural to be influenced. All artist are and  they have been all thorough the ages . Hence the saying  " does life mimc art or does art mimc life?"  The thing is each of us has our own artist voice and we represent our art with that unique voice. The influences may or may not be apparent to others if our voice is coming through ( I call this moving it a few generations) But trust me nothing under the sun is unique or new and most anyone would be in denial to think what  they  do is totally without influence , if nothing else nature itself ( the greatest art work of all) is a basic influence . We need to also keep in mind that  all creative gifts are gifts . Not ours but  ours to share . So I am starting   this  series and from time to time I will feature an artist that has had an influence in my work . These artist deserve the thanks and exposure for  sharing their artist gifts and it is my way of saying, thanks for creating . One of the first mixed media artist to inspire me was and is  Julie Arkell . If you do not know her work then here is my introduction . This  piece of mine  is one that I was inspired to create because of my  love of her work .  Ps I also am a Julie Arkell collector. You can find her work at Earth Angels Toys  PSS if you think OMG Julie ( me) is a copier then feel free to call me on that too. I am open to  any feedback .
A Boy and his dog =by me




Julie Arkell's, Piece . Love those wheels and old paper, don't you too!!

18 comments:

Karen Tessandore said...

Hi Julie,

What a great idea to feature artists like this. I can totally see how you were influenced/inspired by the other Julie's work & yet you're not copying at all. You have a really clear style that comes through as all your own. How cool to see one work inspiring another...it's like a conversation. Visual artists, writers, musicians all "talk" to each other through our work - respond, reply, build upon, but with our own twist. Pretty neat :)

Can't wait to see who your other influences are.

xo ~ k

Gail Burton said...

Julie, you are so right about one artists influence over another, and I agree, nothing is totally unique. Everyone is influenced by the world around them whether they care to admit it, or not. I love this piece of yours especially, because of the little poochie, lol!

Gail x

Mica said...

well said! I have made some of my pin poppets as I call them and was accused of copying. Truth is I was not copying... my original influence came from antique pin cushions with the half women on them etc... Just so happens this particular artist does similar work... anyhoo.... I do believe influences are great and there is nothing truly original... though I love your work and the other Julies too! Have a Happy 4th! Mica

Are you curious about me? said...

Julie

Julie Arkell is one of my all time favorites, and I have just recently been talking to one of her intern's a very sweet young lady called Bethany she worked with Julie over several weeks and said that she was one of the nicest people she had ever met, and it shows in her work, don't you agree?

You may feel that you have been influenced but take it from me your works are totally 'Original'and most definitely your own.

I have just one problem...I would love to own a Julie Arkell and a Julie Haymaker or two...

~ Julie - and that makes three...

Robin Thomas said...

Julie, when I start to make something, I have always been inspired by the work of someone wonderful. I try to copy to learn technique. It automatically becomes something else in my hands. Often soemthing completely different. I love that you address this. I also Love Love both of these pieces!

Sharon Margiotta said...

Can I say I like yours the best? and if anyone wants to call that copying ... i'm guilty too!! Love the article .. you put this process so profoundly.

Jingle said...

Her work is lovely! I don't htink you are a copier at all! We are all inspired by others, but the thing of it is...we take it our own way! I hope you agree, because I've been inspired by your work! LOL!

Georgina said...

Love both Julie's work!! LOL

xxoo,
Georgina

Alyice Edrich said...

Oh I am going to like these posts!

I don't think you "copied", I think you were truly "INSPIRED". There is such a HUGE difference in the two.

sharon said...

I think we each are inspired buy others and then take that idea, extend, turn, twist, distort, and make it our own. We each have to learn somewhere, somehow. That is the great thing about artists and the blog, most are so sharing and willing to help us grow into our own, which you have definitely done!

Imitation is the greatest form of flattery!

Whimsey Creations said...

I totally agree with you. When I was making folk art dolls it was surprising how many people didn't want to share certain techniques. I'm of the opinion if we want to pass this form of art down - we HAVE to share. After all with dolls we are talking the human (most of the time) form - two legs, two arms, a body, and a head. What they ultimately turn into is what they talk to you about while you are creating them, despite any techniques you may learn from others. You go girl!

The Backporch Artessa said...

Julie- you are one of MY art heroes! It means I admire MORE than just your art- your ethics, your attitude- your passion for art!

My Dad always told me if you are going to learn, learn from the best. I also want to learn from the most joyful and passionate!

To a certain extent, we all learn by mimicing (copying.) Even Michaelangelo spent months in Orvieto Italy sketching and learning from Signorelli's figures and combinations in San Brizio's Duomo. Some of which are seen clearly in the Sistine Chapel wall frescos! The trick is to learn and then move beyond it! Make it your own! I think you've done it brilliantly!

Ciao-
Kari

oldblackcatboo said...

I agree, you are not copying! You were inspired by the little boat and ran with that idea and made it your own!
But what I hate is when I see someone who realizes that someone else is making a nice living off of a certain style and then they copy it down to a T. To the point you have to do a double take to make sure who made it. And they are only doing it to make money, they have no interest in the actual creative process.

Jen Crossley said...

Oh Julie you are so right,you do get influence by other artists .
Your work is just so beautiful LOve the boy and dog too cute

Jackie said...

Beautifully said girl.....hope your having a great summer!! You are a true inspiration, a teacher, artist and writer! xoxo

Renee Troy said...

I always need inspiration from others. I go through Somerset Studios or similar magazine and something will catch my eye and off I go. All it takes is a pattern, a color, an image and it like putting the final ingredient in my creative process to get me going. You are influenced by who you are and like anything else, it always turns out different and your won. In calligraphy, an entire class could be studying italic and everyones alphabet looks different. I'm sure there's someone out there whom each of us inspires...it's just the way it is.
Great post Julie!

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peggy aplSEEDS said...

yes, artists influence each other but your work is definitely not a copy. i just love this piece you made!