Painting is a visual creation that deals with beauty or any kind of
Nowadays almost anything is valid in painting, any material, any topic,
any painting style. We can say that there are no guidelines. So painters
are free, really free. This poses a problem for the general public, which
often does not know what good painting is. Museums and Galleries
contribute a good deal to their confusion. There is no remedy for this.
The essential solution for the spectator to know good from bad painting is
to observe, observe and observe art. Intelligent observation will educate
A painting must be self‑sufficient. A poem does not ask painting for help,
nor do ballet or music. In the same way, a painting should not need any
external assistance in order to be enjoyed. Obviously, sometimes a good
explanation can “add” to our understanding and enjoyment of a painting. My
point is that painting cannot depend on explanations to be understood or
21st Century painters realize that almost everything and any topic has
already been painted in one way or the other. That is why in the mid 20th
Century some people proclaimed the death of painting. Some painters are
participating [caught up in] in the race for innovation. This race
consists of painting something new and different, many times not caring
for quality. The concern is innovation for the sake of innovation. I think
this can become a social obsession, of which I, obviously, do not want to
participate. In the past, some painters were innovators, but most just
tried to paint superbly. For some the history of painting can become a
burden, but we have to set it aside, and paint.
Painting will go on forever–it is part of human nature. Let us all enjoy
Artistic talent is a special skill that some people have to make others
feel what cannot be expressed through ordinary language.
In my opinion artistic talent is the ability to transmit an authentic
aesthetic experience to other people, to make people feel, perhaps vibrate
with the work of art. The artist wants his work to touch people’s souls,
to move them.
Some artists create art based on something similar to an instinct. They
are not exactly aware of how or why they do what they do, nor can they
give an explanation. Talent just flows. Others can explain why they built
a work of art the way they did. Many times they are aware of why they do
things. Either of them can give us a great piece of art.
During the 19th Century, public started to believe that artistic talent
was favoured by emotional suffering,, poverty, addictions or special
mental disorders. I do not think any of these is necessary for talent to
pop up. All it takes is a soul that gets in touch with itself and tunes
with subject and the media the artist is using.
Almost anything is a potential subject for art, but the most sublime
moments of art have been when the great artists have dealt with the
deepest human emotions, those ineffable and unutterable inner experiences
that many of us have, but few know how to express. I am sure most people
have felt in their innermost being the emotion of a great concert, a poem
or a good theater play.
In the case of painters, talent is the ability to see. That’s all it
takes. No more, but no less. The ability to see a painting subject where
others don´t see it. The ability to take it to a canvas, the ability to
see what tones and brush strokes are coherent with the goal, the ability
to see with the eyes of our imagination, the ability to see color
harmonies, the ability to see when a painting is finished. We can try to
paint the sublime, but we can also try to paint an apple in a sublime way.
Talent cannot be taught, either you have it or not. But some people have
more than others. Talent is like a seed, it has to be cultivated and
developed. Nobody ever knows how tall talent will grow. I think more
people have talent than they think; but there are a few who think they
have it, but don´t.
Talent cannot be taught, but it is triggered. Talent explodes with the
correct stimuli. Talent gets inspiration from other artists and their
works. It is contagious. That is one of the reasons why we have the
movements of French impressionism, Dutch baroque painting and the schools
of the Italian renaissance.
Talent does not mean that things are easy for the artist, only that there
are great results.
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