Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don't bother concealing your thievery –celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said; “ It is not where you take things from—it's where you take them to.” --Jim Jarmusch (stolen from a friend's friend on FB- March 2009).
Fighting inertia can be quite a battle. I long to spend time alone painting in my studio, but I benefit abundantly from interacting with other artists, learning, sharing, playing...
The solution? Online art classes.
Here's a link to my most recent discovery http://lanaguerra.ning.com/