Where does talent come from? Are some people just born with it or can anyone with enough persistence become talented? I struggle with these questions when critiquing the work of young children. Certainly some children receive more support than others but sometimes the drive is so strong that it wouldn’t matter if they were supported or not because they spend every possible moment drafting new ideas and expressing themselves in ways they couldn’t begin to verbalize.
At this time of year it’s easy to blame the luck of the Irish and the fresh inspiration of spring when everything blooms all at once. The light is better, the inspiration of warmth and freedom from a cold winter show up under the pencil. You will see the big yellow sun in the top corner, the beautiful full size tree, the family members all wearing shorts and t-shirts. Occasionally a bird flies through being chased by the family puppy.
The more I have worked with children the more I tend to think talent is a self-motivating endeavor. As Picasso said “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up”. Children are very impressionable, one word can send them crying to their teddy bear or shower you with hugs all day.
One of my favorite books called “Ish” by Peter Reynolds explores what happens. It is a delightful picture book. I recommend it to any parent raising a creative child.