The internet is this vast universe of possibilities. The other day, I needed help caring for my lucky bamboo plant and an algae problem I had. Internet, Google: shazam! I had the step-by-step guide on how to prevent my plant from dying.
I find that amazing, but when it comes to art I find it a bit overwhelming.
I have noticed, and read other bloggers/artists who feel the same, that when an artist takes an online class, for instance, almost all the material created looks very much like the instructor's. I have felt, lately, that the overwhelming amount of information I am taking in on art and techniques have hampered my own creations a little.
The internet can be an amazing tool, but an amount of solitude allows me to come up with ideas that I feel were born from my head, as opposed to inspired by what I am constantly seeing, which in turn translates into a lack of originality.
Solitude begets originality, bold and disconcerting beauty, poetry.~Thomas Mann - Death in Venice (1912)