Wednesday, November 04, 2009


Sometimes you need to believe that you are the best in the world at something just to have the confidence and drive to do it and see it through. Such a belief is only truly possible when naive. Perhaps naivety is the most useful possession of youth.


Kathy said...

An interesting observation. I call it optimism. My philosophy is that "where there's a will, there's a way" and I'm smart enough to figure it out. It might take a long time, but I will figure it out.

Mark Sheeky said...

Yes, me too. Here I was thinking that sometimes ignorance creates confidence. The more I learn the more complicated things get, and the more choices, and self-created responsibility and pressure, and those things aren't useful. It's better to be intelligent than knowledgable. I must get rid of some art books!

John Salmon said...

Agreed Mark. Read an art book once that said, this particluar technique is for advanced painters only. Well' I'd been doing it for years, but once I heard how difficult it was, I hesitated each time I did it and got nervous and ultimately messed it up. Thank goodness for a poor memory because I forget what it was, thankfully. But, you are right.