So in the painting I have just started it is painted from an image of Jockeys all sitting and leaning against the rail with their backs to the camera. In the photo the sky is basically white as it was an overcast day. This made me decide to paint the whole canvas white with the exception of the jockeys and rail. As I was painting, it started to remind me of something I had seen... yep only ALL of another artist's paintings! haha ugh! Her schtick is high realism with a plain white background -or sometimes all black. So now, I am wondering, do I continue as I had planned or is that stepping on her "style"? I am sure there other artists that utilize the plain backgrounds... I just don't know the etiquette on this. Is it in poor taste to continue with the all white background as I had planned? I THINK its prob in poor taste...but i'm bummed because it would have been so cool! I think I've answered my own question via typing this out, but good to hear other opinions.