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When a student copies

In the days of the Old Masters, apprentices and students would copy their masters’ works over & over again, until they could mimic the technique perfectly. Then, they’d develop their own styles. When a student (or someone who’s learning a new technique) copies my art exactly–or very closely–I like to think of them in that …

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Copying and coincidence in art

Many artists–especially new and/or tired ones–talk about being “copied” by others. Sometimes, it’s not clear who is doing the copying, if anyone is. And, artists–even established ones–are often influenced by the same things as others, and develop startlingly similar ideas as a result. RICE’S MILAGROS DOLLS For example, awhile ago I visited Rice’s website,, …

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