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I could have sworn my eyes are brown [Apr. 19th, 2005|10:42 pm]

sigh. I spent some time yesterday perusing through mudmonkey 's gallery and I'm always amazed at his work. And then I ran across this painting by jinwicked which totally made me smile. And it's so not fair. I'm supposed to be an artist. Every aptitude and personality and career test I've ever taken has said so.

But I have no talent. None. Not an artistic bone in my body. My family is full of people with artistic leanings, but no desire to create. And here I sit, with so much desire, and no ability.



[User Picture]From: azure_drake
2005-04-19 09:45 pm (UTC)
*grin*... I'm glad my friends list could help you find a bit of inspiration and help you to dream. Now all you have to is find your own art.. your own medium... and do what those two did... invest time and resources into it.

I've chosen the bass... I've never been as happy as the the day I learned to play my first song, AC/DC - Who Made Who, using a computer program as a crutch. It's been nothing but a determined plan from there. I've struggled, I've been pissed at the lack of progress, and I've been depressed at level at which I suck. But I've always noticed that I suck less each week. I've been inspired by the way I can express my self a little more each week. Simon and Jin have been inspired and determined in the same way.

You're a Firefly fan, so I know imagination and inspiration are not the problem. You just need to find your medium... then learn it (the hard part)... then learn how to express yourself within that medium.

It's a huge pain in the butt, but you'll be so happy the day you can show off your "My first thing" that you'll never want to let it go.

Don't make the mistake I did and wait... don't be afraid... Find your art.

Now... if you'll excuse me... back to bass practice. :)
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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2005-04-20 08:23 pm (UTC)
If only eating were an art. I invest lots of time and resources into that.

Good on ya for sticking with the bass. And double good on ya for picking AC/DC as your first effort!
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[User Picture]From: azure_drake
2005-04-20 10:06 pm (UTC)
He he he... Thanks. If eating were an art I would have been famous at 19 and my brother famous at 16.

Regarding your responses to the other... um... responses... writing and photography are not easy (just look at my writing). Don't sell yourself short.

...and my advice still holds true... you need to find your medium. If you didn't get a surge of "Heck ya! I wanna do this until I my body says otherwise and I cramp up or pass out." inspiration then keep searching. Writing and photography might not be it. Have you tried combining the writing and the photography? A graphic Web log might be what you need to "feel the fire". If not then look elsewhere...

Maybe Anime con costume design (you could help DomesticHarmony and her DD)? Cook/Chef? Maybe something else that your DH doesn't mind spending $ on? :P

Whatever you do, don't give up... Ever... Have fun with the hunt... and have even more fun with the training.
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-04-20 04:31 am (UTC)

What was that?

So what's creative writing if not Art, chopped chicken livers? I suspect that it's not a lack of Talent per se, but lack of Time and Opportunity. (Virginia Woolf wrote about it in detail in "A Room of Ones Own".)

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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2005-04-20 08:19 pm (UTC)

Re: What was that?

It's the Tangibility Factor, y'know? Words are great and all that, but I can't hold them in my hands. Plus, writing doesn't count, because I can do it, and if I can do it, it must not be anything special, lol.
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[User Picture]From: domesticharmony
2005-04-20 05:13 am (UTC)
Join the club. So many images in my head! If only I could draw them!
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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2005-04-20 08:21 pm (UTC)
You know, Hesson once told me I was a brilliant conceptual artist. I'm thinking - great, I can make stuff no one wants to look at or understands if they do.
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[User Picture]From: marshmelococoa
2005-04-20 05:25 am (UTC)
maybe you just haven't found your creative niche yet. You may need to try all kinds of things to find something that really interests you and that you are good at. I loved drawing as a kid and thought I was ok at it. Now, I suck but still have the ideas. I turned to computer graphics and found that to suit me perfectly! Just a little twist on something I already liked. Now I've expanded into photography and digital scrapbooking.

You'll find something,
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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2005-04-20 08:20 pm (UTC)
I thought I might be able to do the photography thing, but I suck. *sigh*
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[User Picture]From: marshmelococoa
2005-04-20 09:03 pm (UTC)
I sucked too - more like typical snapshot type pics. Then I started reading and practicing and bought a better cam and love it and think I'm doind quite well for being at it a couple of months.

Find something that sounds interesting and take a class - might be fun!
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