Chapter 9: Overview the Creative Landscape


How to Make Your Creative Dreams a Reality:
Strategies to Cultivate Your Talent

Chapter 9
Overview the Creative Landscape

By visiting museums, cultural centers, and galleries, these field trips will help you align your interests with what’s being created on a professional level. The more visual exposure you gain to a wide variety of significant art, the better able you’ll be to gravitate towards what emotionally and visually touches you.

Pay attention to the times you’ve said, “Dear God, I wish I could be that talented.” You can and your approach and commitment to view significant works of art will connect you more closely to your authentic interests. As you start your journey and grow, with years of persistence and diligence, you’ll develop skills based on your personal depth of feelings while evidencing originality.   

The creative landscape is vastly varied and in addition to field trips, surveying Art History in books, researching artists and their work on the computer, talking about art and art-making with art enthusiasts, you will gradually close in on the body of work that touches your emotional chord. You will begin to embrace a category of artwork that not only inspires you but lights a fire in your soul.

 Note, that all of what you encounter may not seem immediately relevant, but along your journey, it’s important to be able to hold an intelligent conversation on the diversity and originality on the artistic landscape. The more art -literate you become the more confident you’ll be with your intuitive direction and the less intimidated you’ll be by others’ significant accomplishments. You’ll learn to appreciate the integrity and professional efforts of other artists more from an intellectual interest and less from the idea of replicating. You’ll understand that being selective is not a negative stand; if you like everything it suggests you don’t have a personal point of view.  

Malcolm Gladwell wrote a book titled the “Outliers: The Story of Success,” which I recommend that you read.  His main discovery was that the secret of mastery in a field was dedication, not talent. Talent may exist in a raw form, but true accomplishment and masterful talent comes from dedicated efforts.  Gladwell noticed that skill that typically evolved after 10,000 hours of experience in one’s chosen field lead one to become a master.   


If you work hard enough, assert yourself, and use your mind and imagination, you can shape the world to your desires.

- Essayist and Lecturer Malcolm Gladwell