Friday, May 28, 2010
Talent or hard work?
This sketch about sums up how I feel tonight. Its been a busy week at work and with art and soon I need to sleep.
I've been marketing my work, experimenting with new papers to print fish with, setting up meetings, etc., etc. Whoever thinks that any successes in art are handed to you on a plate really isn't thinking logically about the workload involved in this field.
If I hear once more about 'God given talent' I won't be responsible for my actions. Let's get real about talent.
I don't have talent. I have the ability to create illusion and that ability has come from years and years of practice, of colleges, workshops, self study about technique and more practice. Anyone has an inbuilt ability to draw or paint. Not everyone has the willingness to put in the hours it takes to do it sufficiently well. Creativity needs to be nurtured hand in hand with technical skills otherwise the blob of colour on a canvas that the teacher praises will never allow the student to advance and put their thoughts into reality.
Yes, some individuals have an ability to see more easily the ways to create a piece or have a more advanced colour sense than others do. But its not down to divine intervention or genetic makeup. Its down to lots of good old fashioned hard work.