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Living Life Artistically
Essays and Art
by Giorgio Dimichina
Passion with Purpose
As artists, we may often hear the word talented associated with our work, but the reality is that everyone is talented in one way or another. Some people may have better social skills or analytical abilities, some may be better listeners, have better deductive capabilities, a head for business or be more mechanically inclined.
Having a talent can be special, but having the ability to utilize that talent to its fullest potential is what differentiates the talented from the gifted. Enhancing or perfecting one’s abilities only comes from a dedicated passion towards developing, exercising and fine tuning them.
There are those who have been blessed with what can only be described as having supernatural abilities.Just within the realm of art, let’s take Michelangelo for example. Even with all the power tools we have today, an artist would be hard pressed within his or her lifetime to accomplish or replicate as many outstanding and important master works as Michelangelo. There will always be those that will be greater at one thing or another in life, but we can set ourselves up for great disappointment if we constantly compare ourselves with others and make that our focal point.
The key to developing a higher degree of ability when it comes to one’s own talent, or anything in life for that matter, is not to simply try to imitate someone else or develop a greater passion concerning what we do, but more importantly, to instill a purpose surrounding what we do.
Having a dedicated purpose is the driving force that can propel a person to another plateau or level of accomplishment. It is what will give someone the desire to work feverishly in wanting to master their craft.
There is a quote I love from Michelangelo. I love this quote because it reveals what a master artist knows to be true.He said…“If people knew how hard I worked to achieve my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful after all.” (Michelangelo) It is true, mastery does take endless hours, months, and years of dedication and hard work. Athletic champions don’t just practice once in a while, neither do great musicians, writers, chefs or anyone who has mastered their skill in whatever field they are in. When talking about art, it has a unique ability to uplift the human spirit. It can bring joy to others, inspire others and even trigger emotions that can feed the soul in times of despair. There is a purpose in it. That purpose is not predicated on the personal feelings of an artist at any given moment or the temperament of the economy, but on arts ability to make a difference in people’s lives.
This all came to light for me while having a conversation about art and life with a couple I had just met. At the end of our conversation, they thanked me and were very appreciative of our time together. They commented on how they were going through a rough season in their lives and needed to get out of the house that day.
They went on to mention how they decided to visit some galleries in Laguna so they could enjoy the beautiful artwork and be transported to different emotional place mentally.
The reasoning behind why this couple desired to view and enjoy art is what drives my passion and establishes my purpose for creating artwork. My hope is that my art may bring a sense of peace and joy when people look upon it. For all of us who work in any creative field, our work takes on a life of its own apart from us. It will live on into the future, touching the lives of countless others long after we are gone. We leave not only a legacy of our talent, but also of our passion.
As much as humanly possible, find your purpose in life. Continue to develop and refine what you are passionate about. Not everyone can be a Michelangelo, but you know what… Not everyone can be you either.
Be so masterful at what you do that it becomes impossible for others to ignore you.
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Born in Argentina, Giorgio Dimichina fell in love with art at a young age. After pursuing a successful career in visual arts with major corporations, Giorgio left the corporate world in order to pursue his passion and talents as an artist and has been painting full time since 1980. Today, Giorgio’s art work is admired around the world as he is best known for his beautiful landscapes, incredible detail, and picturesque scenes.
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