When we decide to pursue art as either a hobby or a career the word “talent” is something that pops up. It seems to be a common platitude in fact. No matter how many hours, or how many responsibilities are sidelined for creative endeavors, the concept of talent always seems to take precedence over hard work in common vernacular.
The main question when making natural talent so important is determining how much of a creators abilities are God-given and how much is a result of simply putting in the hours it takes to get good. What of people who are “talented” at things but want to do something else with their lives? What about people who may not be perfect at something but if they are diligent enough get SUUUPER good…but quit because someone says they aren’t talented?
Our art was terrible when we were kids but people told us we were talented. God bless those people and it was great that we thought our art was fine at the time but it was far from master level. We were just obsessed about getting better and kept going even when we make work that will never see the light of day. We have each spent 20-30 hours on certain pieces…I would consider that in the realm of hard work. We are drawn to art and always have been so does it make all of our work the result of simply inborn predisposition? Maybe we should just concentrate on doing what we do instead of figuring out all this.
This is a topic that we will touch one in future posts and videos. Please share and leave your input regarding talent vs work ethic!