The “TALENT” Thing (click title to expand)

I have always felt that “Talent” is a very peculiar concept.  People say, “X has talent, so no matter how hard I try, I can never achieve what they have done,”   or , “I have talent and have always achieved quick praise, so why should I try harder to achieve anything more”.  Either way it’s demotivating and holds you back from excellence.  To misquote a very famous artist:  “Talent is an excuse invented by people who don’t want to work hard.”

Two areas where talent really does matter are: “Precocious Talent”(Mozart) – Early ability that will allow a person to enter a field very young – AND – “Genius”(Picasso) – which allows a person to actually expand the field for everyone else. You either have or do not have those types of talent. There is really nothing you can do about it. But, hey, there’s lots of fun left for the rest of us! I have always felt that motivation, bloody-minded determination and dogged perseverance are as important as ‘talent’. 

Jeff Haden writes on business, but his article has a lot to say about this of interest to artists and designers:

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/one-attitude-every-successful-person-has-jeff-haden

CDA Day 6 of 8 Jumiera Beach Hotel Part 1 (click for Video)

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CDA Day 6 of 8 Jumiera Beach Hotel Pt 2 (Click for Video)

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CHERRY BLOSSOMS IN WATERCOLOUR AND INK

This was a fun watercolour demo I did for the SSWR artists group in White Rock.  Size approx 14 x 18 *. I use this method a lot, for all kinds of subjects  – See the 4 step process below and also see:

TONAL DESIGN 1 OF 2 Sswr May 2015          and           TONAL DESIGN 2 OF 2 Sswr May 2015

.CHERRY BLOSSOMS WC INK STEP 4

CHERRY BLOSSOMS WC INK STEP 11 – Identify whites and paint background

 

CHERRY BLOSSOMS WC INK STEP 22 – Paint around the whites, next layer down, with bright red.

 

CHERRY BLOSSOMS WC INK STEP 33 – Negative paint more blooms within the red with aliz+blue.

 

CHERRY BLOSSOMS WC INK STEP 44 – Detail whites. Finish with pen and ink contours, branches.

CDA Day 5 Of 8 CAST SHADOWS CONSTRUCTION IN PERSPECTIVE

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CDA Day 6 of 8 JUMIERA BEACH HOTEL

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TONAL DESIGN 1 OF 2 Sswr May 2015

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TONAL DESIGN 2 OF 2 Sswr May 2015

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