How is Artistic Talent Born?

Everyone thinks artists are born with talent! But in fact artists are self-created.

Here are SIX basic ways how an artist is born:

Firstly: by the inner makeup of the person:

Artists are created, by their own very inner deep emotional desires and conceptions.

  • It’s usually people who love colour, the contrast, blends and certain combinations of colours that make artists, out of ordinary men and women.
  • And how light creates sparkling highlights, rim-lights, auras, atmospheric conditions, reflections and filtering of light, etc.
  • They are people who see beauty in Nature and the sounds of Nature.
  • They don’t just see things, they see exciting shapes: how those shapes interlock with one another, perhaps how one dark shape opposing a lighter area, etc.
  • They don’t take things for granted. They are deep thinkers: what if I did this or that, how would it look then?
  • The excitement of looking deeply into things, for example how colours contrast or blend etc, is what stirs their imagination, the emotional side of their personalities.
How talent is born

A5 watercolour: Simplicity of shapes within a composition. Notice the colours within the shapes are mainly blurred and there is very little detail.

Secondly: possibly their background:

  • The environment of where they lived as a child.
  • How their mother or father introduced them to Nature and the deeper understanding of their surroundings.
  • Who taught them to think for themselves and experiment with what they had learnt. That is, how to make and invent things for themselves.

Thirdly: finding joy in living in the moment:

People who always worrying about the past or what’s going to happen in the future: but don’t always enjoy the present…. whereas artists are inclined to live in the present and value the present.

  • Active artists live and create in the moment of creation. But if distracted, the inspiring vibe they are working with or train of thought is broken; the whole concept of the painting suffers.
  • Not only is concentration important, but the emotional impact the artist is enjoying while painting. That is: what he or she is feeling, about the mood they are creating in their painting.

Fourthly: No one achieves anything without practicing their craft:

  • You won’t like doing something, unless you enjoy doing it.
  • And you only like doing it because you had some success doing it.
  • And you only have success when you persist in learning how to do it.
  • Successful artists are those who never gave up on themselves.

Fifthly: Starting out with simple concepts:

No one becomes an artist overnight. All the old masters and renowned artists of today started out as babes! They learnt stage by stage, concept by concept. For example: you only get to standard 10 or grade 12, by starting in grade one and progressing from year to years until you get to grade 12:

  • In grade one: children learn simple basic facts and how to write the alphabet! That is how great artists first learnt their trade, by copying simple shapes and colouring them in.
  • Because people first appraise art by assessing the basic symbolic shapes they see in art, you’ll find that the most popular paintings are based on simple compositions!
  • Notice even negative areas are shapes interlocking with the outlines of object shapes. And that all contour lines are outlines of shapes whether positive or negative.

 So what does all that tell us?

That the outer edge of a shape speaks volumes symbolically! For example, that is a man and that is a tree shape.

 Sixth: Art is based on emotional skill:

How the artist relates to his concept.

  • The quality of the outline edges of the shape suggests the circumstance of the situation and how the object relates to its environment.
  • And what does appeal to peoples’ emotions symbolically is how and what the colour of the inner part of a shape, was applied. That is: if the outline is a tree shape and the inner part of the foliage area is green, it shows its spring or summer time.


The quality of any artist’s art is based emotionally on shape, the quality of contour lines to that of the objects surroundings and inner colour format. Simple as that!!

Notice there wasn’t much said about detail. Any detail that is included is confirmation that the object is authentic in its setting.

Do you agree with that?

  • Do you agree we all have potential to become artists if we apply ourselves to our ambitions?!
  • Would very much like to hear your opinion, so feel free to leave a comment.

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Born with talent?


People are always saying that so-and-so was born with talent. Just because someone is a good artist now, doesn’t mean they were actually born with talent?

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You have to walk along the path of adventure to succeed.

Who WAS born with talent?

Even the old masters started out as novices. They were once babies like you and I, they just fall in love with drawing and painting. The more they practiced their skills the more they improved their talent.

What attracts little children to art?

You will notice, most children are attracted to colour-in colouring books while young. Maybe because of the brilliance and fascination of colour, and then the desire to express yourself. One thing leads to another, and then you are hooked for life!

Are you born with talent?

Yes we all have the germ of talent in us, it just takes an interest in what you like doing. The more you put time and effort into what you like doing, the more your skills improve.

Can you become a good artist?

Often you hear people say, ‘Could they make it as an artist?’ Yes, if you are enthusiastic about your ambition and willing to make time to learn.  Perfecting your skill comes with persistent practice. It’s not the fact that someone is more talented than you. It’s because you love what you do. Success comes with believing in yourself, and living in the moment of creating.

Once `bitten with the art bug’, you see the world differently than the average person. The world around you looks more beautiful, the colours seem more alive. You want to paint that beauty. The urge to paint, to experiment is always there.  I sometimes wonder why I kept at it.  I guess it’s deeply etched upon my soul now. I love sharing what I have discovered and the joy art gives me.

What makes an artist?

The average man in the street doesn’t see the beauty around them. I remember once travelling with some people. They were so busy arguing among themselves that they didn’t see the beautiful haze over the surrounding mountains. When I pointed it out to them they looked at me as if I had gone mad. They didn’t have the right emotional reaction to their surroundings. They were harping on negative emotions. They didn’t see the ‘big picture’!

Artists are born with beautiful souls. Artists arouse their inner souls to perceive beauty, even in the dreariest of situations and environments. They seek beauty, open their hearts to beauty, create a vision from that concept  and pursue every chance they have to paint that vision of beauty.

What really compels us as artists?

I think it’s the emotional impact, the interplay of warm and cool colours, and the contrast of tone and colour. For example, when you observe how the sunlight filters through the trees at sunset and the halos it creates around grass seeds, it swells your heart to overflowing.

born with talent?

What drives you to be creative?

What grips and compels you personally? What colour combinations do you prefer? If you want to find out for yourself, take an illustrated art book or perhaps a calendar, anything with colourful pictures. Turn it upside down, so you are not distracted by the actual shapes of objects in the images, and select the colour combinations you like most. Whatever colour combination turns you on, that is your colour style, the colours you are most likely to use in your paintings.

Even if you are not an artist that paints, but do flower arranging, interior or dress designing, you will be attracted to certain colours and use them in your creations. When you go shopping what colours draws your attention to things in the shop windows? Is it only the cut and style? What else?

What about your talent?

When did you start painting? How did you start out as an artist? What or who inspired you to start painting? What are you going to do about your  talent?  Please leave a comment, it will encourage and inspire others to do something about their own artistic talent.