Good artists exist simply in what they make, and consequently are perfectly uninteresting in what they are.
-Oscar Wilde

Speaking of artists, they are some of the most misunderstood people on the planet. Not convinced? Let’s do a little experiment. Before you read further, think about this: What kind of a person an artist is? Create a mental picture of what you think a typical artist might be like. Let’s see if it changes by the end of this article. Anyway, here the list...

You are born with the talent to become an artist

A lot of unnecessary and undue importance has always been given to raw talent. However, what makes great artists great is their passion and the stories and expressions they convey through art rather than their skills with the brush (or chisel, or clay, or pencil, or ...). In art, talent is a myth. But if not talent, then what goes into creating stunning examples of art. Maybe ...

Time and patience are required to create a good piece of art

First, there is nothing like a "good" piece of art. The same sculpture may be inspiration to some and an eyesore to others. True, most projects require a lot of time and energy to create. True, artists spend years, sometimes their entire lifetime just to perfect that one masterpiece. In fact, Da Vinci spent about 15 years to finish the Mona Lisa and the Taj Mahal took 22 years to construct. However, amount of time spent on a project bears little relation with its quality or appeal. Amazing examples of an artist’s creativity and ingenuity can be created in a matter of hours, even minutes. Then why do artists devote so much of their time to one project. Is it because...

All artists are crazy

Agreed, Van Gogh cut off his ear and eventually shot himself and Edvard Munch suffered from hallucinations. Every artist has his/her quirks which is misunderstood by a large fraction of the population. Sad but true, the most imaginative of us being misunderstood like this. In fact, most artists are highly intelligent and creative people. But does that mean...

Art is only for the creative kind

No such rules exist in reality, be it drawing, or sculpture, or painting, or pottery, or origami (yes, art isn’t just painting). The only prerequisite to become a good artist is the willingness to try. Start a project. Think. Explore. Experiment. Create. There are millions of discoveries to be made and lots of happiness to be found. The only condition is that you start.

So, how many of these misconceptions did you bias your mental picture of an artist with? Discover the artist inside you and experience the joy of creation. Take up a project, be it a music composition, a dance sequence, painting, pottery, origami, or anything else. Then get back to this blog and tell us if we succeeded in changing your perception of artists.