People ask me such great questions. For example, this came from a lady right here in Texas: “Nancy, have you noticed, now that you have your own business, does the Wine Hour move up by one hour every year, or is it just me?” Since we did mention wine in the last Blossom Blog, it seems like a good way to start this post, too, (plus, we are packing for Italy right now!). So, in answer, absolutely and yes, the Wine Hour does seem to move up an hour every year here in Flower Mound Studio, kind of like a one-way time change, with much leaping forward and very little falling back. However, I am a bit concerned that the gal who asked the question restricts herself to just one hour. Perhaps that was a typo.
Another great question that came in this week was, Can you learn to paint, or are you born with it? I’m a firm believer that a woman can do anything she sets her mind to, if she truly decides to, and I’m not just saying that because I saw Wonder Woman yesterday. I happen to come from a long line of famously stubborn women, my grandmother, my mother, and I’m sure my Great-grandmother, too. How to achieve the impossible? Tell me I can’t do it. When it comes to art and reaching a pinnacle of some sort of success, I do think talent helps. But I really think hard work helps more. In Color Theory class in college, there was a student whose work absolutely astounded all of us, his classmates, and the professor, too. Each assignment, the student completed quickly and beautifully. After not much time at all, the teacher took him aside and told the student he was being accelerated to the next level class.
You can image how glum we left-behinders were, after seeing a budding Michelangelo in our midst. I’ll never forget what the professor said to us. He said chances were slim that the young man would be a successful artist. The professor said that when someone is given a talent that they do not have to work at, they often move on to other things. Succeeding in art is 10% talent, and 90% hard work, he said. But there is one thing he didn’t say. I’m convinced it’s also necessary to have a real desire to be an artist. We all start somewhere, some at a halfway point around the racetrack, and others (like me) find our way to art later in our lives. Regardless of where your talent lies on that invisible scale we all see in our own imaginations, I believe the thing that pushes you over the finish line is the willingness to keep painting, to keep going, after we fail at a painting. It’s your own personal tolerance for failure, measured against how much you want to live the art life, that will determine your success. Mix together a stubborn streak, a desire to learn to paint, and a bit of hard work and dedication, and nothing can stop you from succeeding. It’s completely and totally up to you.
PS – A huge congratulations to Regina L, winner of a peony print for leaving a comment in my post last week – leave a comment here and you’ll be entered to win an art print, too!