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The real gift / Le vrai don

2012 . 11 . 01 - Comments / Commentaires (7)

I would love to see less focus placed on being a gifted artist and more attention paid to being a hard working one.

Je serais ravie de voir moins d’attention portée sur le talent qu’a un artiste et plus sur le travail que fait un artiste.

As with a number of lizard species, the female Bynoe’s gecko can produce an unfertilized clutch of eggs which will result in young who are genetically identical to her.

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Parmi les geckos de Bynoe, les femelles peuvent pondre des œufs non-fécondés qui produiront des jeunes qui sont génétiquement identiques à la mère.

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2ème étage de Pioneer Place
SW 5th Avenue et Yamhill, Portland, USA

peinture d'un gecko de Bynoe

Gwenn Seemel
Self-replicating (Bynoe’s gecko) / Autorépliquant (Le gecko de Bynoe)
acrylic on panel / acrylique sur bois
10 x 10 inches / 25 x 25 centimètres
(detail below / détail plus bas)

peinture d'un gecko de Bynoe

- Natural style / Un style naturel
- Still here / Toujours là
- Art doesn’t have to be better than mediocre to sell.

- The magical mystery of art / Le mystère et la magie de l’art
- Without effort / Sans effort
- Well-made / Bien fait

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(7) Comments / Commentaires: The real gift / Le vrai don

-- Kelly -- 2012 . 11 . 01 --

I think the gift-talent/hard work division comes along the same lines as the fine art/craft division as well as the MFA/Bachelor’s degree division.  The mysterious innate gift is so much more romantic and easier to worship than is down and dirty work.

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-- Claire ESTEBAN -- 2012 . 11 . 01 --

Cette toile est ma préférée parmi celles que j’ai pu voir de votre série. J’ignore pourquoi, c’est comme ça. Le coeur a ses raisons comme on dit smile.
Concernant le talent, je partage votre point de vue. En fait, selon moi, une personne arrivera plus loin, fera plus de choses, si elle travaille beaucoup, même avec un don moins évident qu’une autre personne très douée mais qui ne travaillerait pas ce don. Je pense que le don n’est rien si on n’en fait rien. Comme vous, je trouve gentil qu’on me complimente sur mes yeux, mais la réalité est là : je n’ai rien fait pour les avoir de cette couleur. Je n’ai fourni aucun effort pour cela, ils ne sont pas le fruit d’un travail. Cela n’aura donc jamais le même poids qu’un compliment concernant quelque chose que nous avons fait.
Bonne continuation.

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-- Gwenn -- 2012 . 11 . 03 --

@Kelly:  I never thought of it as an extension of those other divisions.  Really true!

@Claire:  “Cela n’aura donc jamais le même poids qu’un compliment concernant quelque chose que nous avons fait.” C’est ça exactement!  Et merci!!

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-- Andi -- 2012 . 12 . 29 --

One of my favorite quotes about art comes from Stephen King. He says, “Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.”

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-- Gwenn -- 2013 . 01 . 02 --

@Andi: He’s a smart guy…and I’m not just saying that because he created the Haven Foundation which has helped me with so many of my medical bills! wink

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-- Tom Harold -- 2014 . 12 . 01 --

Thanks for another vlog that hits the nail squarely on the head! This idea that artists are simply gifted was one reason why I never pursued art when I was younger. I reasoned that artists showed their promise at an extremely young age (probably before their teens, and no later than age 17 or 18, certainly!), and if you hadn’t made some kind of amazing impression by then, well, you just didn’t have what it takes.

I worked at writing fiction and nonfiction for quite some time. I got heavily involved in my efforts to get my work published, and I ended up reading about many successful authors. The quote from Stephen King rings true, as does a thought from Laurell K. Hamilton where she basically said, “I knew a lot of writers who were as good or better than me, but they all quit before they got published. I’m not the world’s greatest writer, but I decided that I loved writing and that’s how I wanted to make my living, and I simply refused to quit trying to make that happen.”

I love to tinker with things. I seem to have a way with tools and a lot of patience, and I have some untraceable affinity for metal. These things are hugely important to my art, but the rest of it, all the building and welding and shaping and making - it’s all a lot of work! I think much of the reason people are amazed at any artists work is because it’s hard to fathom someone working at something for so long until it is completed.

I was a little bit thrilled when this all sunk in for me: Wait, you mean all I have to do is work really hard? I don’t have to be ordained from birth as a great artist? The choice is MINE? And I have all the say in it based on how much work I decide to put into it? DONE!

Well, it hasn’t been that easy, but the progress is proving that it’s working!

Thanks again for the great vlog!

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-- Gwenn -- 2014 . 12 . 02 --

@Tom: Agreed! I too was thrilled to realize that I could rely on my work ethic to make me into an artist. I was confident in my ability to work hard if in nothing else, so it was a kind of refuge for me emotionally as I began making art. Actually…who am I kidding? It still is today. smile Bon courage, friend!

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