Especially if you think that you are capable of becoming good at it. It's like, really really hard to even get good enough at it to where, the painting is actually enjoyable to look at lol.
I see a lot of paintings from the past, and I actually wonder how the hell they ever got that good. I have no idea how they did it. I sure as heck know I could never do what they did.
I don't even think that practicing will help really. Even if a person practiced for an hour every day for 45 years, there's no guarantee that they would ever be capable of creating an art work. Well, one that at least Doesn't suck.
You know what i'm sayin'?
Are there great painters today? I guess so, there has to be. But that doesn't mean that anybody that takes up the painting and what not, can be as good as them no matter how hard or often they practice.
If you take up painting, expecting practice to pay off in the long run, you're setting yourself up for failure.
I've learned that lesson myself. I thought well, I have above average artistic ability, maybe I will take a stab at it.
And then I learned, that everything I paint is ugly as sin lol.
So I mean, if I look at some of the best paintings and be like, well all I have to do is put in enough practice and maybe I can get that good. Not so, not even close lol.
So ya, if you want to prove to yourself that you suck at something, then take up oil painting, lol.
I know I did, and now I feel like a failure at art, because I am lol.
If I can't create something that is pretty to look at, well i'm a failure in my opinion.
And yes I realize of course you can't know whether you'd be good at it unless you even try. But I mean, what are the chances of that? Like one in a hundred thousand people would actually have the required ability.
Post by Terrapin Station on Apr 21, 2018 20:15:37 GMT
What I don't get is why folks creating stuff don't simply make the changes they need to make to create something they like. That's what I do. It seems easy to me.
So say you take up painting. You do something and don't like the way it looks. Well, simply change it to something you do like. What's tough about that?
I could see if you only like photorealism, say, or if you only like "old masters" style realism. Then yeah, it's difficult to be able to be able to technically pull that off, but it's definitely something one can learn and keep getting closer to. You just need to take lessons and practice in that case.
I think it's a skill that can be learnt like anything else, and 'good' is very subjective. I agree, if you want photorealism, yeah, you may never achieve it, but if you'd like to just play around and get pretty good with practice, why not? There are paintings at the gallery closest to me that are just one solid color and worth thousands if not millions. Ok, they had to prove themselves as proficient first, (I think) but that's where the subjective comes in. I love abstract paintings, so why not just play with colors? Anyway, that's what I think.
Take bob Dylan for example, you've probably seen some of his old artwork on one of his album covers, and one album cover by 'the band', and then take a look at some of his recent work. He still hasn't improved, Much:
Ok I can't find any images to prove my point, but believe me I've seen some of his more recent art work in images online before, after he's been doing it for around 50 years.
He's gotten better at it sure, but still nothing you'd ever want to look twice at. And absolutely no 'vitality' to it. Which imo is essential to creating any art piece.
And also, imo , one has to represent all forms of art (or at least most)into whatever form of art they are creating, even forms of art that have nothing to do with the art the artist is trying to create. If they can't pull that off, and don't have the ability to, it's not a 'piece of art' imo.