I used a pencil and paper one day and watched a television show on how to sketch. The artist showed how to make trees and then got them to reflect off the water…it seemed so easy. I could listen and watch what he said and did but what I created wasn’t something I’d want to show anyone. It was then that I figured out true art went well beyond technical skills.
This is a good example of what I’m talking about: my brother-in-law is a professional photographer. He can look at a broken down building and see a beautiful picture in it. All over the place he sees art and the photos he takes are amazing. Technical skills and a great camera might produce decent pictures but not great art like he does.
I’m not too much into abstract art but one day it hit me that people like Picasso were brilliant. Creating any art is amazing but painting an existing image versus painting something in your mind, is quite different. See if you can picture something in your mind that doesn’t already exist. How’d that work out for you? Me, I get nothing. The famous painting Scream by Picasso blows my mind because he took this really strange image in his mind and painted it; it’s the epitome of art.
I consider most building contractors to fall into the “artists” category. I can’t look at a room in need of renovating and see the finished results in my mind. Contractors see things most of us don’t. When I walk in a home under construction and it’s framed but nothing else, I can’t figure out what it’s going to look like when it’s done…building contractors can. They not only see it in their minds, they know how to create it just like any artist. They know the tools they’re going to use and in the end what they see in their minds make its way to their proverbial canvass.
The bottom line is artists see things most people don’t and know how to create it. Technical skills would mean little in their work if they didn’t have an innate, God given gift of artistry. I’m definitely not an artist of any sort, but I feel blessed that others are and I get to enjoy their beautiful creations.