Learn from Michelle

One Step at a Time

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” -Vincent Van Gogh
Are you born with all the knowledge you need to do your future career? Sounds silly, right?
Well, then why do a lot of people expect to just "get it" with art? What is it about the word "talent" that makes people already start assuming that you're born with it? You aren't even born able to speak the common language of your area after being able to hear it for several months while you're in the womb.
We just expect that delay in ability from babies. They are sweet and innocent and brand new. So, we allow them time to take those baby steps toward reaching each milestone in development. We practice patience, and it still seems like they grow up so fast.
But something happens as we grow up.
We become less than patient with ourselves and, oftentimes, with others. The discussed and deemed "important" milestones of society begin to grow further and further apart, or they are not even guaranteed to occur at all within your lifetime.
Well, I say, forget that. Why shouldn't we have milestones for development in our careers?
As artists, especially when we are self-employed, there isn't the chance for promotion or anything of the sort. But we are still constantly learning new things to bring to our business and give our clients our very best.
That is why Beyond the Brushes is set up the way it is. You need those checkpoints during your development to be able to stop, see, and appreciate the progress you are making.
Art isn't something that you just "get," and true talent isn't something you are born with. It takes time, effort, and all of those little baby steps coming together to make you into an artist.
Hand-painted in Adobe Photoshop CC using the Wacom Intuos Pro and the Wacom Art Pen.
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