Good Taste

Taste develops faster than skill.

We recognize talent in others long before we’re able to produce at their level.

Often, we hide our own talent, believing it does not and cannot measure up to our peers’, our heroes’, or the masters’.

Here’s the thing: sure, Mozart was a prodigy. But he was a prodigy who practiced, and played, and performed. That’s how he became Mozart.

And here’s the other, bigger, thing: the world has already had a Mozart. We don’t need another one.

That imperfection in your attempt to copy a master’s work? That’s what makes you a human being and an artist, not a copyist. That’s the wabi-sabi that makes your art truly yours — and that’s precisely why it’s valuable.

The purpose of developing your taste is ultimately to develop and bring your talent.