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Even the best artists have to fight this monster. So often, artists are pushed from within or by external circumstances to work faster and perhaps irrationally towards finishing their artworks.

Impatience affects the art of both amateurs and seasoned creators.

Carelessness and recklessness are not words associated with perfection and such artworks created without due care betray the artists’ im- patience.

The world is filled by people with varying degrees of patience, but few are willing endurance for long periods before negativity sets in.

Standing in a long queue at the supermarket or driving within a prescribed speed limit can prove to be a daunting task for many.

Patience requires that one endures under convoluted circumstances, and also having the ability to carry on without anger or aggravation, even when faced with hurdles.

For the visual artist, merely having the aptitude to create images is never enough.

It is true that anyone can draw.

It is always interesting to note how individuals with no art experience or interest always find themselves scribbling images on whatever medium is available when in long and boring meetings.

This shows that the human brain is programmed to some degree to create and interpret visual language.

There is really nothing special about being able to draw because there is a big difference between activity and productivity.

What sets the special apart from the ordinary is in part creativity and execution of ideas.

The creativity process and implementation of the ideas form a long procedure that if approached with impetuousness, may lead to abject failure.

High school art encourages both imagination and observation.

The greatest reason for failure at this stage may be impatience.

Still life and observation compositions encourage the young artists to intensely scrutinise whatever is in front of them to enable them to “copy” from reality and transfer the visual information onto paper.

The basics of high school art include the idea that students should spend three-quarters of the time looking at the physical object in front of them and the little remainder at the art they would be making.

Most of the young brains cannot resist the temptation to hide their heads between the paper below and the raised shoulders, and continue drawing away from the little visual information stored inside during the initial stages of the process.

Impatience is usually the norm with young artists and it is glaringly apparent in their work.

Their eagerness to get to the finish line early is not at all a sign of dislike for visual art, but rather a sign of their immaturity.

But as the visual artists grow older, patience may be key to providing long- term professional rewards and benefits.

Flow of ideas for visual artists, particularly those working with imaginary compositions can be more random than consistent.

Some thought processes are snappy and direct, and require little effort.

It is the big and complex ideas that cause problems.

The visual artist, just like a song writer has to know when an idea matures into a g concept ready to be rolled out for the public.

Creating an artistic style is probably the hardest part for any visual artist and to endure such a long process, patience is compulsory.

The main approach to creativity might not change much but specific aspects of the artistic style have to be modified to mirror the changes in the artist’s life and profession.

It is similar to what cricket’s fast bowlers do throughout their careers.

Pakistan’s Waqar Younis and Australian Glenn McGrath significantly reduced their bowling speeds towards the end of their first class careers but improved both line and length with their deliveries.

Even in the twilight of their professions, the quickies were patient enough to try something new over a relatively long time.

Artistic style development, just like bowling or batting techniques, is a non-stop process that requires a patient approach.

Some aspiring artists give up very early in their careers if they are unhappy with the financial returns.

There is this rather unfortunate notion that any drawing or painting or any other form of art is an exceptional exercise that deserves hefty financial rewards.

Some are not creatively assembled, and others are aesthetically unpleasant.

There are loads of other reasons why artworks may fail to sell but the only response from the visual artist has to be a clear intention to improve.

Identifying problems related style, subject, media, audience and techniques may help improve the financial side of things.

Patience is only possible with the right state of mind.

For visual artists, it is a basic requirement that ensures that creativity flows freely and gives them a clear state of mind that makes planning for the future a lot easier.

Hastiness, coupled with carelessness, can derail a perfectly set art career and rob this world of one more creative factory.

Source : The Herald