Good Art, Bad Art: The Myth of Spontaneous Talent

There is a myth that great artistic inspiration and talent can flow out of an individual without prior experience or need for editing.  This isn’t possible.  No one becomes an Olympian or a physician, without years of training, so why would the arts be any different?  We are constantly influenced by our environment.  We lean on our prior experiences in order to make decisions.  The more frequently we have an experience, the more confident our actions become.  This is why, when you compare the artwork of an emerging artist and one who has practiced for many years you can see the confidence in the strokes, proportions and color selection.  It is also evident when examining an artist’s body of work.

Artistic talent is cultivated privately, in a good environment, through practice.  It is not inherent, or supernatural.  A lot of poorly executed and unsatisfactory work has to be produced first, before a good piece might be made.  Fascination can help an artist work through the time spent making sub par art.  Fascination with the subject matter and with technique.  This interest draws the artists attention away from the finished work and redirects it to the present.  The satisfaction of studying the moment becomes most important.  The act of creating art should be meditative and deliberate.  And joyful.


About Erin

I am a watercolor and embroidery artist who loves going to art exhibits and meeting other artists.
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