Good Morning Sunshine! What if___? Someone else makes art just like yours?

What if___? Someone does else makes art just like yours? Today I decided to look up images by “me” Pejj Nunes on the internet. To see what would turn up for Pejj Nunes. There they were! Image of my artwork! I am not sure how the images of my work are “out there” and not confined to my website.

The concern? The thing is if someone uses an artist’s work the artist would have to run across that person with a product or making the claim. Catching people does happen! This is why it is important to create a history of when you created the work, take photos of your work, and if it goes forth as mine have; I am sure I am not the only person to make the discovery___ . Make sure that if anyone wants to use your work they ask for your permission! Making this statement and putting it out there will help you! Add to this your safe contact information. This would be a good topic to learn more about and follow. I also see expected information like my FASO website, and my WordPress should come up too. It can be looked at as advertising “if” linked to me!

I ran across an artist who did just like Shibui Found Image Art. The image was beautiful. Finding the artwork did not bother me at this point because I understand I am not the only one who can experiment with wet mediums. I think it is normal to think of some form of action art to drip, drop, splatter____etc. This and various conversations, reading on the issue, discussions with my business coach___all have given me answers. The bottom line is catching someone using your stuff otherwise it is these same arguments.

When I began to create Shibui in 2011 the thought had not been a part of the process. If I had thought of it, I could have overthought the topic. This said when I did see things I was not surprised I had seen many a watercolor that had splatters, drips, and drops. The difference for me was I wanted to go deeper into the process of creating the foundation. Could someone do this? Sure but they are not me! I am inviting my instructors to do so, as they develop their own types of Shibui. Shibui creates its own rules of creation, this is what happens with something you work as a puzzle to be solved, and let it tell you what is there. Treating what I do as a secret does not get it out there so it can help people!

The topic was brought up as an issue during my art theory class and it has come up at other times. Today I ran across the following thoughts, by the woman’s image that was Shibui like to me. I saw that she did other art as well. Her name is Christine Nishiyama.

I liked what Christine Nishiyama wrote. It was consistent with my own conclusions, and cinched up nicely! I find what she wrote will help me convey what I wish to express as well.

I agree that it would be extremely upsetting to have someone use my own art without my permission. I too feel that my work is my work period. And the work of other work is their work. And I must add I love the work of other artists and I do look to see how they did “that!” I am wowed! If I figure something out I like trying to see if I can do it. In saying this, my desire is not to copy the work to a tee but to see if I can get a similar effect. In doing so I am not being different than anyone else. I was told once by a professor, “As long as you do not sign it “Van Gogh!” Or the name of any other artist___ “Then it’s not unethical or wrong.” I still wondered.

We can understand a lot by looking at the art of other people, and we are inspired by it. If you do to museums and really look at the works by those who are seen as masters of their art___you will see art which you very likely could do. Artists have learned by copying the masters and other artists. However, we do like to claim what we personally do as ours!

I write that I developed and created Shibui Found Image Art, and continue to do so. It is true knowing what I knew at the time I developed Shibui Found Image Art calling it Splosh Works in my early days. LOL When I looked that up it turns out I was not alone in using Splosh Work as a name. It is odd that people who do not know each other can do the same kind of thing, The point I want to make is to not let the fact that someone just might do something like you do stop you from doing something you love!

When I did watercolors, I used some of the same methods. What I do feel is new in this matter is that I am trying to understand my work, give it credence and credibility, and purpose. I want to understand the effects it has for being used as art therapy. And I can not worry that someone will steal my idea. I don’t. The people in the world need healing. My idea can help because like any other art form it helps heal us, mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritual to be creative.

When people have commented on Shibui being something they before. It hasn’t been upsetting because of how I understand the lay of the land to be. Art is not the only similar thing to ever happen!

Christine Nishiyama points out a number of good ways to look at this. I had discovered her work look just like my work! She did not call Shibui of course. Hers had to do with a response to water. That made lovely sense!

The following are quotes from Christine’s page, George Bernard Shaw. “Imitation is not just the sincerest form of flattery—it’s the sincerest form of learning.” –George Bernard Shaw, playwright. A nice first of food for thought.

“It’s not where you take things from—it’s where you take them to.” –Jean-Luc Godard, film director

“But if you take little bits and pieces from many different sources and alter and combine them in new ways, you’ve now created something new and original—you’ve created art.”

“That’s what art is: taking an idea, combining it with other ideas in your head, and making a new idea.”

“These influences, inspirations, and the act of copying to steal and combine are essential parts of the creative process.” Ideas create ideas. Art creates art.”

Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.” –Salvador Dali, painter

“We artists often feel pressure to sit down and draw something completely original every time they draw. But making original art takes a certain mindset, inspiration, and energy level, and let’s be honest: sometimes it’s just not there. So if we’re aiming to draw consistently (which you are, aren’t you?), we need a way to draw when we don’t have any idea of what the heck to draw.

One of my favorite methods of drawing when I’m low on creativity is to copy some of my influences. My intention here is to honor something I love and lift the pressure of drawing something new—basically, to play on the page.”

“It’s a bit different than copying to learn, where I’m aiming for imitation and a direct copy. And it’s a bit different than copying to steal and combine, where I’m aiming to take bits and pieces from multiple different sources, combining them into something new. Copying to play is more light-hearted. There’s only one source of influence, but my artistic style is injected in the drawing as well.”

“But sometimes, a person copies with the intention of taking advantage of another artist. Or the intention of skipping the hard work of creating their own original art and passing someone else’s art as their own. Or the intention to profit off someone else’s art. (It does happen! If your work is put on T-Shirts or cups and you don’t receive money for it___ That’s wrong!)

“There are so many horror stories out there of artists getting their work plagiarized. Sometimes it’s a random person on the internet passing off someone else’s work as their own. Sometimes it’s a huge corporation selling blatant copies of an artist’s work without crediting or paying them.”

“Either way plagiarism is unethical, and no good comes from it. It’s hurtful to the plagiarized artist, directly affecting their careers and income, and it’s unhelpful to the plagiarizing person because they’re just short-changing themselves of true creativity and not creating art authentic to themselves.

Influences are meant to create inspiration, not dishonest imitations. I believe copying is an essential part of learning to draw, but you HAVE to be honest with yourself and others about what you’redoing. If you copy a piece of art and share it online, you need to credit the original influence. (True for both art or writing. Make the effort. It’s only right.)

If you’re confused or unsure about your intention, here’s an easy gut check when you’re considering sharing your work: Do you feel the need to hide who or what influenced your drawing? If you’re not willing to share your sources, then you’re probably not drawing with an intention of learning, creating something new, or playing, and this may be a piece of artwork you should keep to yourself. Private artworks can be a source of learning too, and we don’t have to share everything we make. Copying only becomes plagiarizing if you attempt to pass it off someone else’s work as your own.

I think this may be why people are scared to admit to or talk about copying. But as long as you’re honest with yourself and others, copying can be a successful part of any artist’s evolution. Here are a few best practices to keep in mind when you’re copying, and especially when you’re thinking of sharing artwork spurred from copying:

If you copy a piece of art with the intention of learning or playing and want to share it online: credit the original source. Let people know you are copying, what you’re copying, and if not a well-known franchise like Pokemon, who you are copying. Be honest.

If you copy a piece of art with the intention of stealing and want to share it online, consider: did you steal from enough sources and alter the original ideas enough to create something new? If yes, awesome, you made some original art! Share away!

If you only had one influence, or wouldn’t want to show people your source influences because your version is too close to the original, or if you’re not sure: you should credit the original source/influence/artist.”

(I had a moment when I realized who had influenced me. Do I want to say who? But when it came down to it, I thought I should! In looking back I had always been drawn to surrealist, Art Deco, and Japanese prints! Many times others tell me my work reminds them of Japanese prints. They will not its delicateness. It was nice to figure out what had influenced me,)

Copying is a part of almost every artist’s evolution. Copying another artist’s work can be a wonderful way to learn, get inspired, get ideas, honor an influence you love, and create something new. All art is a mash-up of ideas, and we can all influence and inspire each other, so long as we are creating and sharing from a place of honesty and transparency.

So learn away, play away, steal away, copy, copy, copy, and don’t forget to credit your influences!

I started noticing something [all my favorite artists] had in common—they all copied each other… I realized that this is what artists are supposed to do—communicate back and forth with each other over the generations, take old ideas and make them new (since it’s impossible to really “imitate” somebody without adding anything of your own), create a rich, shared cultural language that was available to everybody. Once I saw it in folk art, I saw it everywhere – in hip-hop, in street art, in Dada. I became convinced that the soul of culture lay in this kind of weird, irreverent-but-reverent backs-and-forth.” –Will Sheff, singer”

Another site that will give you a flavor for how this is understood. It’s about the “The Line Between Inspired By And Copied From And How To Stay On Its Right Side”.

I like running across things that are food for thoughts.

Pejj Nunes


By Pejj Nunes

I live in Southern Maine. I am the owner of Anisette Studios. My website is Here you can view and purchase Shibui, sign up for my newsletters, blog, and read articles about Shibui Found Image Art. Patrons get great deals several times a year and special items at times. My site makes it easy to contact me. My primary art form is Shibui Found Image Art. Shibui begins with action art and stems from the imagination. It is like seeing something in the clouds or solving a puzzle. Its creative process has its own rules and requires what I call reverse engineering due to a lack of an understructure and purely out of the imagination. In addition to those who patron me, my target groups are those who use art therapy. I will soon be teaching live. Contact me if you would like to learn live. I use Zoom. I request that although my art, other images, and what I write is now published by me here on WordPress; I do ask you do not to use my artwork, poetry, or the information about Shibui Found Image Art without my permission. I am quite available to make such requests. I wish to share the following: The existentialist philosopher Simone de Beauvoir wrote a book called The Ethics of Ambiguity. In it, she lays out a guiding ethic in response to the philosophy of existentialism. It might be somewhat familiar to you already. She writes, “To will oneself free is also to will others free. This will is not an abstract formula. It points out to each person concrete action to be achieved.” Best wishes to all! Have good times and keep safe! Pejj

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