Sunday, May 26, 2013

Myth... Artists are born or made?

Myth: Artists are born, not made.

Fact: A passion for art has to be there, but all other skills are acquired. No one is born knowing how to paint a Mural.

The first step to becoming an artist is to want to be an artist. Sounds too simple, doesn’t it? After all, artists are born, not made….right? You either have talent or you don’t.

Wrong! No one is born knowing how to Draw, or how to Paint,, or how to Trompe L'oeil or to create art, anymore than anyone is born knowing how to play the violin or fly a plane. These are all skills. They can be taught, they can be learned. Some people may find the process of acquiring those skills to be exhilarating and enjoyable, others may find the process boring. The people who find the process exhilarating may pick up the skill quickly and easily. Or they may not.
So ask yourself, do I view my artistic work as a job or as an enjoyable creative career ?
With your sincere answer you will know, if you were actually born to be an artist.
By Norma Ruffinelli