The article about David Hockney's digital art exhibition a few blogs back got me thinking about the topic of what it takes to be a great artist. I agree that for many artists, hours of time consuming, hard work (sometimes referred to as "craft" in art circles) may be a calling card for what others consider marks of superior art. Then, I saw a link to a Wall Street Journal article about a new book which addresses the very notion of whether geniuses even exist. Apparently, several researchers suggest that all major breakthroughs are the result of hours and hours (10,000 to be exact) of toil on the part of the discoverers. The book's author suggests that while the idea of genius is not necessarily a myth, those folks whom we now know as truly exceptional have enabled their gift through their labors. So, was Leonardo a genius? How about van Gogh?
GC art geniuses know that only a little bit of effort is needed to submit artwork for consideration by Show It! Juror Julie Schweitzer. In fact, your first entry is FREE, so please keep the November 23 deadline for bringing work by the Wilson Gallery in mind.