Jan 23 2012
Pencil drawing for The Cabins of Wilsonia
Have you ever thought or said to an artist, “Gee, it must be great to have talent”? Or have you you ever said, “I wish I had talent like that”?
It’s all smoke and mirrors.
Actually, it’s not. It is practice, training, practice, rough criticism, more practice, a little success, practice, trial and error, practice, a little public embarrassment and yet even more practice.
Malcolm Gladwell wrote in his book “Outliers” that it takes 10,000 hours of intentional practice with a focus toward continual improvement to become an expert at something. He’s not talking about mindless repetition.
Practice makes perfect. Erasers help too.
The harder I work, the more talented I become.
Practice, practice, practice. And, have a second more objective pair of eyes that is connected to a truthful mouth that is connected to a kind heart have a look at your work.
My Very Wise Dad told me of a concert pianist who had to practice 8 hours a day. When he dropped to 6 hours, he could tell the difference. When he dropped to 4 hours, his audience could tell the difference.
The only people who don’t learn to draw are the ones who quit drawing lessons too soon. Those who persist begin to think they have talent.
They might be right.
Sometimes people quit drawing lessons (or piano or ballet or drumming or guitar or knitting) because they don’t love it enough to practice as hard as talent requires.
Think I put enough cliches in this blog entry? Perhaps I need to practice my writing skills more.
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