I have been painting but each time I go to to photograph, it's started raining---which Texas needs! I spend some time each day looking at other artists' work whether contemporary daily painters or past artists hoping whatever it is I like about their work will rub off on me. And then as I try to channel them while painting, I fear I will copy them. The antidote to that fear is to go ahead and copy . . . just trying to emulate someone else's style doesn't result in a work that could be mistaken for the actual artist's.