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An artists’ intuition, talent and genius makes an interesting observation when paint is applied to the canvas. We all know that the best things in an artists’ work are so much a matter of intuition. There is so much to be said about this point of view that it discourages questions about the artist intuitive phenomena.
Intuitions are shy things and apt to disappear if looked into too closely. Furthermore, there is a danger that too much knowledge and training can lessen the natural, intuitive feeling for the student, and leave a cold knowledge of the means of expression in its place.
If you are an artist and have what it takes, then you have a consciousness, and you try to produce your best work. Talent can be described as “that which we have” and genius can best be described as “that which hold us.” We may have little control over this power that “hold us”, it may serve us to abandon oneself to its influence. There can be little doubt as to it being the business of the artist to see to it that this talent is developed and proven to be a fit vessel to hold the expression of whatever is given them to express. It must be left to the artists’ individual temperament to decide how hard to pursue any intellectual analysis of the elusive things that are the true matter of art.
When the art student realizes that art training can only deal with the perfecting of a means of expression and that the real matter of art lies above this and beyond the scope of teaching, he cannot have too much of it.
Great things are only done in art when the creative instinct of the artist is recognized and action is taken to bring that art into being.