Were You Born With Talent?

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The Questions I’m most frequently asked…

“Were you born with talent?”

And then they say “I can’t draw a straight line. My sister has the all talent, but I don’t have any.”

My Answers… short and simple.

No! I wasn’t born with the skill of drawing a straight line. Or with any of the skills I have today.”

So how did I get here if I wasn’t born with it (talent).

What is talent? Plain and simple, I call it the Big P: Perspiration.

What I did have was desire and passion. I loved color, crayons, watercolor tins, coloring books, and paint-by-numbers. Love leads you down your path if you’re awake and follow those clues. I went to art school for three years and learned the skills of drawing and painting, and everything you’d want to know about art materials.

Then I just plain worked hard!

Keywords to anything we want to get good at:

  • Discipline
  • Devotion
  • Routine
  • Structure
  • Habit

Make it regular

  • whether it’s the same time every day
  • the same number of hours each week,
  • on the same days of the week.
  • Not a morning person? Then don’t say you’re going to get up early and go to the studio. Schedule your studio time when you are most creative and productive.  Quote from “ArtBizBlog by Alyson Stanfield”

Read Talent is Overrated What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else by Geoff Colvin. Colvin shows how two people with equal parts talent take very different paths when one of them commits to a deliberate practice. There it is.  Devote your time to your passion.

By the way…I use a ruler to draw a straight line!

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Meet the Artist …Jackie Jacobson

Let’s talk about the artist’s tool and techniques that can be learned. And then let’s just talk about art.

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Patty Pittman April 16, 2011

sometimes I think “natural talent” just means confidence. Henry Ford once said “Whether you think that you can, or that you can’t, you are usually right.”

vicki wyatt March 13, 2011

I agree!! People tell me all the time “you’re talented I can’t even draw stick figures”. And I say YES YOU CAN!! Build the skill with passion and desire:) You ARE an inspiration Aunt Jackie!!

Vicki

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