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7 QUALITIES OF ASPIRING ARTISTS

Intro
1. WHAT MAKES AN ARTIST?
A SPECIAL GIFT? - - OR IS ART A PRODUCT OF TRAINING AND PRACTICE?

ANYONE CAN MAKE ART
- - A FEW CAN MAKE ART WELL
GOOD ARTISTS POSSESS A UNIQUE COMBINATION OF KNOWLEDGE,

AND
SKILLS BUT THERE IS ALSO A UNIQUE
QUALITY OF CHARACTER
THAT CAN BE SUMMED UP AS PASSION!

WHAT ARE SOME OF THESE PERSONAL ASSETS THAT MAKE
AN ASPIRING ARTIST INTO A GREAT ARTIST?

1 PERSONAL VIEWPOINT: A passion to communicate their personal view of life to others

2 OBSERVER: The true artist is a passionate observer, he notices things, people, places and
situations.

3 COLLECTOR: The artist is a passionate collector of ideas and experiences - - journal - -
sketchbook

4 IMAGINATION: The artist has a strong imagination. What is imagination? The ability to see the
unseen

5 OPEN AND TEACHABLE The artist is passionately open to new ideas, he or she is teachable.

6 FLUENCY The artist is fluent in ideas and approaches. Meaning: Multiple possibilities and
approaches are options that begin to open to him or her.

7 PERSEVERANCE A true artist perseveres passionately. They work at their craft and don't give
up even with isappointments.

AN example of an aspiring artist: - - VINCENT VAN GOGH


FINAL THOUGHTS: Things artists have said about art:
WHAT IS ART? I LIKE THIS DEFINITION:
"ART IS NOT AN IMITATION OF LIFE BUT A REVELATION OF LIFE"

NOT ALL ART IS PRETTY, "SOME ART SHOCKS US INTO UNDERSTANDING"

NOT ALL ART IS EASY TO UNDERSTAND -- IT MAY REQUIRE THAT WE EDUCATE OURSELVES INTO NEW WAYS OF THINKING.

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