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, quoted in MovieMaker Magazine #53
Redefining Stealing & Copying
If you go to a fine art museum anywhere in the world, you may be lucky enough to see someone in one of the galleries sketching or painting. Copying a painting or drawing in front of them.
This is an assignment given to art students all around the world for centuries.
Copying is how we learn our native language, how to write the letters of the alphabet, make soup.
Do you remember learning how to write? Copying the letters over and over again?
How about learning a recipe by watching someone cook, in person, or on TV?
Today’s quote and journal prompts are designed to support you in claiming what speaks directly to your soul, so you can claim these things as part of your own inspirational vocabulary.
Today’s Journal Prompts:
My devour-for-inspiration list includes:
In what places outside of the art world do you find inspiration? (Think: shadows, clouds, bodies of water)
Assignment: take a photos of these and paste in your journal next to these prompts.
The things that speak directly to my soul include:
More Ideas to Steal
Extra credit: Make a Pinterest board and give it a fun title, like: Steal This. Fill it with things that speak directly to your soul.
Recommended Reading: Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon
Recommended Website: The Jealous Curator.
P.S. I’m jealous of The Jealous Curator.
Find your own evidence
Another thing you can do, is keep a page in your journal where you jot down things you see that remind you of other work.
Is there a book cover design that reminds you of a painting?
A film that reminds you of a fairy tale?
An outfit that reminds you of an interior?
A music video that reminds you of a movie scene?
This will help you start finding more evidence of how one thing can influence another.
It will also awaken different ways of seeing and perceiving, which are so important for generating new ideas and combinations of things.
do you have a dream?
Every idea first begins with a dream, or some inking to create or grow that we can’t quite name.
I discovered how to follow my dreams and even make a living from them, using this simple, yet powerful creative process.
You can, too.
Dreaming On Paper helps you excavate your own true desires, innate wisdom, and intuition, with ease, gentleness and joy.
This workshop is one of the foundational, prerequisite courses for the facilitator training.
This post is part of the 30 Day Journal Project.
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What you your favorite sources of inspiration for stealing and copying? Please do share!