Seeing your skill correctly.

Imagine you’ve had this ability to clearly see imagery in your head, but no matter how much you practice, you’re unable to manipulate the fine motor skills of your fingers to precisely craft the imagery you so clearly see in your mind. People don’t think you’re a good artist because your canvas doesn’t match the image in your head.

You may not see it, but there is a choice to be made here. You have the important skillset of visualization that every artist needs, but you don’t have fine motor skills. Your choices are:

  1. Quit.
  2. Struggle with the current fine motor skills.
  3. Work at a scale that doesn’t require fine motor skills.

Think about what #3 is saying. What is the difference between painting on an 18″x24″ canvas and painting on a 18’x24′ wall? One requires fine motor skills for minute details, the other is at such a scale that the motor skills aren’t fine in nature at all. They require big sweeping motions often requiring the whole arm. Working at this scale may change everything about the struggle the artist was having.

The scale of our life is a choice.

It’s possible that anything that is frustrating you could be entirely due to scale, too big or too small. A few things that come to mind:

  • House size – Some want to live in tiny homes and some in mansions
  • Business Size – Freelancers up to Multi-nationals
  • Size of responsibility – Carefree to Huge Weights
  • Family Size – Single to 12+ kids

There are plenty more that could go on this list, but you get the point. The right scale is important for everything in your life.