Talent entrusted to you

“You are responsible for the talent that has been entrusted to you. Go work with it.”

I just read this quote on Facebook. It’s an interesting thought…destiny of sorts. That are souls yearnings, and our natural talents are given to us so we can share them and make an impact on the world in a specific way.

I often wonder if art is a natural talent or an idea that I want to place myself into…an image, I want to become. I have this idea of who I want to be and it’s quotes like this that make me wonder if I am ignoring what I “should” be doing, or if I am trying to achieve just that. I mean, where does the image, and the drive to become that image, come from if it’s not an innate need. Or is the fear I feel telling me that I am indeed not good enough to achieve this image, that the talent isn’t entrusted to me? All the training in the world is not a substitute for natural talent. Do I have enough natural talent to do what it takes? Can I succeed?

There are people who believe in me and believe I am talented. Maybe, in this current state of confusion, I should just trust in them. Haha, I was just reminded of this song:

trust in me siouxsie and the banshees

Natural talent eh? I just want to be an artist. To explain my emotions and thoughts visually. And yet I have this huge wall that keeps me from doing it, and thus making me question myself. I have no artistic style, no idea how to transform my emotions on canvas. I mean, I am a graphic designer by day and that’s all well and cool since I am designing for someone else. It’s not me. I don’t know how to put me on a canvas. I want to put my fear on the canvas and yet am paralyzed and have no idea how to do it. It feels pathetic. I’ve even gone so far as to ask ‘K’ to draw something on a canvas that I can then add paint on. Super lame.


So I am responsible for the talent that I was entrusted with…what the hell am I talented at? And is it talent I have, or an image of what I want to become?

Wild Donkey idea via @GoddessLeonie

i just came across this blog and thought it had an amazing end point I wanted to share.
I mainly wanted to share it b/c I need to internalize it. So many wonderful points/ideas that can help move me along creatively.
I thought maybe you would like this kind of inspiration as well:

The Wild Donkey wants you to:

Don’t hold it up.
Don’t wait for the perfect creative time.
Don’t wait for anyone else.
Don’t wait for a publishing deal.
Don’t wait for outside validation.
Create it until it’s done, then RELEASE IT.
Jump on the wave of inspiration, and surf it out it until the wave is done.
You don’t need to be properly prepared.
You just need to do your job.
Do it. Create it. Have faith in it. Finish it. Release it.

Here is the full post: I highly recommend you read it.


Chaos often breeds life...

As of late, I have fallen behind on my organization skills. For many of us, work gets a bit busy, life gets a bit crazy and our organization begins to disintegrate. I love this quote because it reminds me how important it is to cultivate good and efficient work habits to be a successful Graphic Designer.

Orderly habits I would like to cultivate:

Clear space, Clear mind

When my desk and surrounding area are clear of clutter, I am able to focus on the work at hand. My eyes aren””t flitting around absorbing the massive amounts of crap around me. Rather, they remain attentive to the details of my project. Additionally, I don”t have the “I should really organize my work space” thought floating around in my mind constantly.

One notebook to keep everything in

I love paper. I have tons of random pads of paper. I have “To Do List” pads, “Notes” pads, legal pads, blank paper, pads from vendors, yellow sticky notes, miniture sticky notes, page marking stickies…I could go on. But on top of all those random pads scattered all over my desk, I have a spiral notebook that has a notes section, a to do section, a date section all on one page. In one location, I have a source that accomplishes all the randomness. So, in an effort to consolidate, the random pads of paper will be put aside.

I read somewhere once to limit the amount of goals you take on at once. This allows you to focus on the goals and not be scattered. In honor of this idea, I shall keep it to two new habits to form.

Though as a side note, I hope to establish a daily sketch. I”m going to try to post them to keep me accountable.