Maze-ing Maze 225

Maze-ing Maze 225

"Genius is nothing more than common faculties refined to a greater intensity. There are no astonishing ways of doing astonishing things. All astonishing things are done by ordinary materials." Benjamin Haydon

Maze 225: I chose this quote because of my beliefs about talents.  By no means am I downing my abilities to draw mazes but many times since starting the project I’ve been told that I’m lucky to have such talents.  I always thank people for the comment but can’t help but disagree.  Although I could draw at a pretty good level before the project the last 200+ days straight is whats made me appear to be so gifted.

The comment would make sense to me if I had never drawn before and suddenly started producing my art at this rate.  But the doodling I started about 11 years ago til now was nothing but practice!  I have practiced and practiced and practiced. I’ve studied and researched different techniques and even taken “lessons” from other artists.

And so in my case I believe that anyone who practiced drawing on a daily basis for a half a year after ten years of playing around with a concept could do the same thing.  My belief is that it’s the intensity that separates us from one another.  At this point in my life my intensity towards my art is to me an extraordinary gift that I’m blessed to have rather than how I use it.  The intensity to strive to get better, make better and more creative mazes and work daily is the talented gift I’ve been given.  Not the fact that people like my form of expression.

Anyway its food for thought, I believe that we all have talents that we are blessed with.  But its the people who have the laser focus and intensity that have the gifts to become great at what they do.


~ by mazemangriot on February 1, 2012.

16 Responses to “Maze-ing Maze 225”

  1. Interesting point – so often we don’t stop to think about what lies behind someone else’s work. Food for thought indeed.

  2. hi. i’m an art therapist. it is my professional opinion that what you are doing is, yes, focused, and yes, you’ve practiced . . . still, what you are producing is very very special.

    in the movie business they say genius is 5% talent and 95% hard work.

  3. Hmm… Interesting! There is a difference between the gift, the skill and the passion. The gift is the compination of the skill and the passion. Feed your passions and develope your abilities; the sky will be your starting point! Cheers!

  4. I think that Malcom Gladwell covered this topic well in “Outliers”. Basically he stated that there is people who have achieved excellence in their fields typically amass about 10,000 hours of practice in that field. His examples were Bill Gates (who started programming in High School) as well as the Beatle’s long sessions in Berlin. Nature helps us start out, but Nurture refines the skill.

  5. food for thought… Thanks for sharing

  6. Wow, you have a really unique blog! I’m liking the idea of doing a maze a day 🙂

  7. An interesting blog and challenge, how wonderfully original!

    Thanks for liking my post 🙂

  8. I agree. Those artists who become well-known delve into their art with an indescribably intensity. Any of the famous films about great artists demonstrates this (Frida, Pollock, etc.)

  9. Really enjoyed your post… what caught me is, when I read the quote this portion of the line “common faculties refined to a greater intensity” speaks to me exactly what you are saying… You have indeed refined the “common faculties” (In my opinion, the fact that everyone can produce SOME sort of art), into a form of genius. I love quotes like these because they can be interpreted in SO many ways… thank you!

  10. Now, wait a minute here, the talent is God’s gift (I am a pianist – improvisational, sacred.) The gift of hearing where chords and where they go in a song is he gift from God. My duty is to practice, hone that ability, and apply them in my life to God’s glory. See, it is a combination of both you and the gift. Go to it. I like the mazes. Keep it practicing.

  11. cool blog! thanks for the VD like.

  12. Reblogged this on Jots & Thoughts and commented:
    I like this blog a lot. Following his journey has been inspirational!..

  13. your gift is your commitment =)

  14. Very inspirational. I like knowing where your maze craze started. I did wonder…Its quirky, clever and different. I also like your comment about talent in the form of intensity. I hope aspire to this level of intensity with my panty designs 🙂

  15. I think most people (like myself) don’t really have an innate talent. What makes up for it is hard work, focus, and the desire to get better and better. Of course, there are a few freaks of nature with undeniable talent that seem to be ten steps ahead of everybody else. But even they have to work hard to get to their level.

  16. Thank god for giving you such a wonderful “gift.”


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