Art or Craft: Unlike The Chicken or The Egg, Here It’s Obvious Which Came (or rather Must Come) First

craftI gotta tell ya.

From the very get go I’ve been on the fence about the word ‘art.’

Not about the word itself mind you.

But whether or not to incorporate it into, The Art of Everyday Earnest Effort.

My dilemma is twofold.

1) I feel art is a term that’s been highly overused in popular culture and thereby rendered a bit trite or trivial.

A cliche if you will.

And 2) In essence, Everyday Earnest Effort isn’t really an art form at all.

It’s much more akin to a craft.

Yet the overwhelming feeling here at Ingzig is that an unwavering commitment to craft is in its own ‘unadorned’ way an incredibly beautiful thing.

Therefore…an art.


You might have read this before, but check it out anyway.

A woman was strolling along a street in Paris when she spotted Picasso sketching at a nearby sidewalk cafe.

She impulsively asked him if he would sketch her.

Picasso obliged and in just a few brief minutes there she was, an original Picasso.

“And what do I owe you?” she asked.

“Five thousand franc,” (I believe that’s about 4900 bucks today) he answered.

“But it only took you a few minutes,” she politely reminded him.

“No,” Picasso said.

“It’s taken me nearly all my life.”

So, you be the judge.

Where do you feel the real beauty is here?

On the canvas, or in Picasso’s lifelong commitment to his craft?


There’s no question that the spotlight will always shine brightest on the results of our efforts rather than on our commitment to them.

And so it should.

Because in all fairness (and these are just a couple of examples) when you listen to an accomplished musician perform or watch a top-notch athlete compete, the level of artistry is truly a thing of beauty.

And thereby fully deserves center stage.


The underlying beauty is that these celebrated individuals weren’t always so skilled or accomplished.

Nor was it talent or ability alone that made them the ‘artists’ that they are.

Like Picasso, they too had to work long and hard at their respective craft.

And that is certainly something we can all do.

As one noted art historian put it, “An artist is not a special kind of person, but every person a special kind of artist.”


In the end, I’ve decided to go with my gut and stick with the ‘Art’ of Everyday Earnest Effort.

Although to remain abidingly true to our core mission I may periodically refer to the word art as an acronym.

Because as aspiring artists we need to ‘always remember that’ (A.R.T.) in order to become an artist we first need to hone our craft.

And in order to do that we need to develop the necessary skills.

And in order to do that, ya simply gotta put in the time and effort.

Ahh, the beauty of it all.

See ya on July 1st. Till then, keeep it up.


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