June 2021 // The Children Edition

Inspiration not Imitation | Creating Your Own Art Work | Karen Bagley

As artists, we get our inspiration from literally everywhere. As creatives, our minds are constantly running, and we often—no, most times—can picture beauty in a scene where others cannot. Creatives as a whole are the most unique beings on the planet because we look at things through eyes no one can even understand until we share it with them. Being a creative comes with its cons as well. We get so wrapped up in the hustle mindset to make money that we forget to do what we originally signed up to do…CREATE. Before we know it, we find ourselves endlessly scrolling through social media, one in particular—yes, the dreaded Pinterest—looking for “inspiration.” Somewhere along the way inspiration has been confused and is becoming IMITATION. The difference, you ask? One is something you have seen in your mind that you bring to life. The other one you have is—well, let’s call it what it is—a copy or imitation. Something you have seen from an outside source that you literally imitate.

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