“To copy others is necessary, but to copy oneself is pathetic.” I wrestle with this. People ask me, "what is a problem for me?" This is a problem.
Sometimes I look back at a post and think, “people liked that. I should do that style again.” I hate that feeling.
I need to do this more often. Every time Picasso felt comfortable, he changed styles completely. His “blue period” is nothing like “cubism” is nothing like his “Surrealism”. I’m sure each period borrows from the others. But he was not a lone genius.
While Picasso may be the father of cubism, he was standing on the shoulders of Cezanne and Matisse, both competing with them and trying to outdo what they had done before.
He copied them, and left his old style behind, forming a new meld which became what we now think of as Cubism. And then he left that behind, never to return to it.
To be fair, Barbara Cartland, perhaps did copy herself too much. The last two decades of her life, while prolific, resulted in less sales. But who can say? She loved what she did and wanted to keep doing it.
On the same topic, Picasso once said, “Success is dangerous. One begins to copy oneself, and to copy oneself is more dangerous than to copy others. It leads to sterility.” I need to figure out what to do next. Maybe that’s why I’m exploring all of these masters of reinvention.
Reinvention is scary. And it’s risky. But it is unavoidable. I'm scared right now!
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