EDIT: I’m going to make this a public entry. Why not? No pictures, but some thoughts about art.
All kids draw. I assume most of them like it.
And yet, most adults don’t.
I never stopped drawing/painting and grew up to be an illustrator. I know some other people who are artists (for work, or not for work, or whatever- I won’t get into the semantics of that). I assume those people never stopped drawing.
But I’m kind of curious about the experience of most people- those who did stop. Do you remember what happened?
Mind you, this is not intended as a criticism of people who aren’t into art. But I’m curious about what that transition was like. Did you just find other things you liked better and drawing fell by the wayside? Did you never like it very much, and when you had to draw a picture in school it was “work” just like any other assignment? Did your school not have an art program and not encourage that sort of thing beyond a certain age? Did you like to draw, but intentionally stopped at some point because you weren’t “good” at it?
When people talk about my work, they throw around words like “talent” and “gift.” I’ve actually worked really hard to be good. Do I have some kind of innate tendency to be good at art aside from that? Well, I’ve always loved it. Have I loved it because I’ve always been a little better than everyone else around me at it? Or was I simply a little better because I loved it so much?
I also often have people look at my work and wistfully say things like “oh, I used to draw” or “oh, I wish I could do that.” If you want to do it, why don’t you? I’ve had some conversations with Mike (my husband) about this, about how he wishes he was good at something creative (painting or music), but he feels like it’s not OK as an adult to put time into something and to be bad at it at first. Well, that’s part of it. He also thinks he’s more in love with the *idea* of being creative than he is with any of the actual process.
Do we fall in love with the things we happen to be good at, or do we get good at the things we love?