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Is Art Hard?
By:  Blair M. Teen Press Corps Member

Everyone has his or her own special talent. Whether big or small, career pursuing or awe-inspiring or insignificant, we all have something that makes us unique. Most of the time, this special talent distinguishes an individual from others. Most of the time, others may view this special talent as unattainable or “hard”. Most of the time, it’s actually not. Is art hard? If you Google this specific phrase, you get about 678,000,000 results in 0.32 seconds. Many perspectives of artists and non-artists have tried to answer this question. However, the hard truth is this: it’s what you make of it.

Let’s provide an scenario: say your sketching something or writing or trying to let out this lingering sense of muse you’ve been having for while and someone you know (or a complete stranger) confronts you and says something along the lines of, “Wow that’s so amazing! I wish I could do that! How do you (ect.) like that? I could never do that, it seems so hard!”  How do you react? In my own personal experiences I’ve given off confused reactions. I always ask myself: “Why are they doubting themselves because of something I did?”

I didn’t understand when I was younger, but now I do. I believe that people doubt themselves because of their lack of confidence in their skills. To someone who has no inkling of an idea of what art is about the creativity and special talents unique to artists may be something unreachable. “The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt”

For most aspiring artists, you’ve had to put in the time to get where you’re at right? Was hard, frustrating, nerve-wracking? Did you have to step out of your comfort zone? Maybe try something you would have thought was crazy? However, it all paid off, right? Because of your efforts in the past you were able to achieve your goals. There’s always been a time where we as artists have been shy or ashamed of our works, and there has always been a time where we’ve been encouraged by others to take the initiative to go out and spread our ideas. I can count a numerous amount of times where I’ve felt pressured by my peers to show my sketches or my short stories to my class, though most of these instances were in elementary school. But even now, I still feel a little bit of unease in doing so.

If you were exploiting your artistic talent, if you were taking the initiative to go out and show the world your ideas and your love for the things you do, would you not consider yourself passionate?  Merriam Webster’s dictionary defines passionate as follows: showing or caused by strong feelings or a strong belief. If so, then you can agree that your passion for your art is what drives you to do your best.

Are you rethinking the title of this article? If so, I have achieved what I was aiming for. So many people believe that you can only be artist if you’re good at it. It’s never been so far from the case. Art is something that requires passion, dedication, and a hard work.

*Blair’s article is part of a multi-part series from Teen Press Corps Members.  Read more articles like this one here.


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