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The word 'talent' has several dictionary definitions. For instance the top 3 at dictionary.com are:
1. A special natural ability or aptitude: "A talent for drawing."
2. A capacity for achievement or success; ability: "Young men of talent."
3. A talented person: "The cast includes many of the theater's major talents."
That first one is where I disagree most. That is, if 'talent' means some lucky few are blessed at birth with abilities which the rest will never have.
I believe that anyone, who is not in some way handicapped, can create good visual art - no 'talent' required.
Are some people specially good at it? Sure, but is that from nature or nurture? Or both?
I doubt they'll ever find a gene coded for art skills. But I don't doubt that the best visual artists have for years nurtured their personal vision, their ability to observe keenly, their design sense and their understanding of visual communication principles.
|posted on Thursday, December 25, 2008 at 4:07 pm