One time a road painter answered me to my question: are you coping Michelangelo?
(it was "Tondo Doni")
"Everyone can take inspiration from someone else; everyone can learn from someone else; but everyone, having fantasy and own sensibility and style, can realize different objects, but only if we have real creativity and imagination. Only in this way the new object is really new from the model.
and this is truth; but if you have neither imagination, neither fantasy....
we all have to learn from our teachers, they are great, but then we have to be able to see with our own heart, with our own sensibility and creativity or our work will be only a bad copy of teacher's best masterpiece realized with his own heart....
only in this way, not only the new work may be yours and you can put your signature, but only in this way your work will be a gift to the great teacher from whom you took inspiration...".
and then he added:
"We all have to see with the eyes of heart"
I thanked him very much and I went away in silence thinking to those words.
That man was a common man, but his words are still in my mind.
THIS IS THE POWER OF ART. THIS IS THE POWER OF LOVE.