I don’t often rant publicly, mainly because I’m worried that I’ll regret it in the morning. However, I think I’ll be relatively safe with this one… (famous last words… <snort>).
I REALLY want to bust a myth – I NEED to bust this myth actually!
The myth is this: “Art just comes naturally to some people.” or rephrased; “Art doesn’t require thought – it just happens without effort and simply flows off the artist’s fingertips.”
I’ve encountered this myth – in person – a fair amount lately and I’ll admit that it burns me a little. It is ignorant, uninformed and disrespectful. And if this myth in anyway conveys your own personal preconceptions of what an artist is and does, then I beg you to reconsider.
I understand that from the outside looking in some things can look effortless, kinda like all those figure skaters at the Olympics. 😉 However, it has taken me more than twenty years of practice, schooling, effort and hard work to reach a moderately acceptable aesthetic level as a visual artist. And I must also assert that art, by far, takes more original thought, concentration, and energy than any other job I have ever done… believe it or not!
Either that or I’m not nearly as “natural” as others…<shrug>.
Rant done. 🙂