Updated: Jan 19
Lately I've been wondering what causes children to stop enjoying making art? Were they not encouraged to see the good in their work, even when their art didn't come out the way they wanted it to? Is there a certain age where they simply lose interest? Did their parents not see the value in it as a career or hobby, and so discouraged them to continue? Or at some point do they start comparing themselves to the other kids' artwork and decide the other children had more "talent"?
I don't believe in talent. I think we just enjoy doing something so much, that there is no other option but to get better at it. I don't know of one human being who picked up a pencil, paintbrush, music instrument, football, or anything, and was instantly good at it. Everything that requires skill takes practice.
Don't compare yourself to what society has defined as a successful. Continue to do what you love, regardless of everyone else's opinions. Art is highly personal, and therefore subjective. That's part of what makes it so relevant in our lives!
When did you stop making art, and why? Leave me a comment below :)