There's much grey area when it comes down to artwork and quality. Something that is well executed in the opinion of one person might be less so to another. We as artists need to be very self aware. I very much believe that we are always growing and learning as artists. We learn from the people we study with. We learn from the people we study to become. We learn from life and our physical environment. Inspiration and influence is everywhere. It's in the music we love. It's in the movies we watch over and over again. It's in every changing season, on vacation with us and in the architecture of the buildings we pass by. It's the passion that we have as artists that give us the open eyes to see all this glorious inspiration in our lives.
Without passion, a hundred year old weeping willow is just a tree.
Without passion, the Notre Dame Cathedral is just a church.
Without passion, Glen Keane is just some dude who draws cartoons.