Painting above by Nicolas Poussin demonstrating the use of rabatment in design
Consistency, Persistence, and Talent
At some point in our lives, we have all heard the phrase, "he or she is so talented....I wish I could create art like that." In my experience, I've heard this more times than I can count. But here is the thing. Very few people are born talented. In fact, most of the greatest artist, past or present, have persevered because of consistency, determination, and a passion for creating great art; not because they were born with talent.
Talent is overrated. Moreover, talent can also become an obstacle rather than a gift. The few people that do have innate talent tend to lack motivation. In contrast, those that have to work hard at a discipline very often far exceed the so-called "talented individual." Daniel Parkhurst, author and student of the academic painter William Bouguereau, wrote that "talent is just another name for the love of a thing." This love, coupled with consistency, persistence, and the right training, will always put you on the most productive path for success.