Thanks for taking time on my art!
1. For me, creativity doesn’t come in a blinding flash of light in dream full of unicorns! What usually happens is I keep pushing at my own medium and experimenting with a couple variables at a time - playing with a subject, playing with the characteristics of photography like focus, shutter speed and post processing. Until something interesting appears.
2. I do reference some existing paintings (and when I do, I will give due credit for the reference). But eventually I try to make art that is wholly original.
thanks, and keep making art!