This comes from October 6, 2004. There used to be links that now do't work. There is a blog called "Happiness Squared," but it's not the same one from 2004.
Found a blog the other day from links from others. I love to see what
other people read, and almost always check it out to see if I enjoy it
as well. I found this one, happiness is. . . when I looked on Metrotronic and I just had to comment on a post. The following was the result.
I'm an art teacher. That still surprises me sometimes. This was not my aspiration, as those of you who have read my "find your bliss" entry know.
I didn't explain in that entry is my total lack of artistic talent. I
didn't have any talent of which to speak. I still don't. I have learned
skills that allow me to draw what I can see, that's all. Talent had
nothing to do with that.
Now, Bear and any others who have ever
seen my drawings are disagreeing with me right now. But. . .I'm right.
Talent is the natural ability to do something, usually without formal
training. That's not me. Without lots of hard work and learning a new
way of thinking, I would not be an art teacher or even much of an
artist now. Not that I am denigrating my ability to create realistic
representations of things. If anything, I have great confidence in that
skill, because it is a skill. I learned it, and am unlikely to unlearn
I try to teach this to my students. "Drawing is a skill."
Sometimes your creativity can pair with your skill to reach amazing
heights. If you want to be an artist, all you have to do is practice. I
truly believe this. Hopefully it makes me a better teacher, but that I
don't know for certain.
Yes, I believe talent exists. Talent,
though, only takes you so far. Drive led me, a non-art person, to
become an art teacher. If I had relied on talent, I would not be where
I am now, with 650 loving, wonderful and open students willing to take
a risk on my say-so. It feels pretty good sometimes to be me.