Art & Fear

Talent, in common parlance, is “what comes easily.” So sooner or later, inevitably, you reach a point where the work doesn’t come easily, and—Aha!, it’s just as you feared!

Wrong. By definition, whatever you have is exactly what you need to produce your best work. There is probably no clearer waste of psychic energy that worrying about how much talent you have—and probably no worry more common.

Talent, if it is anything, is a gift, and nothing of the artist’s own making… Plato maintained that all art is a gift from the gods, channeled through artists who are “out of their mind”… p. 26