Although the following post is targeted toward designers, I believe it applies to artists as well: Consumption: How Inspiration Killed, Then Ate, Creativity. It's written by Art Director Owen Shifflett on Viget. Here are a couple of points that resonated with me:
- "The reality is that it's easier to be inspired than it is to create an original idea and we are hardwired to take the path of least resistance."
- "When we over-saturate ourselves in other people's work it short-changes our own creative development."
Check out the complete post for more inspiration.