Do you think artistic ability declines as we get older?

If so why? How do you overcome this?

I would like Velociraptors intake on this

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I am a better artist than I was twenty years ago…I think I’m better now at 60 than I ever was.

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Picasso was painting and doing other art right up until he died at age 91. He was still experimenting with different styles in his old age.

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Not so far. I’m able to walk into situations and shoot a portfolio now that I wouldn’t have come away from with a single shot when I was younger. Experience helps.

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Any one who relies on gross and fine motor skills, given they start whatever they do at an early age, generally continue to improve up until there mid to late 30s when they peak, then there’s a gradual decline. I’m 31 and a guitarist, my chops are as good as they’ve ever been but I’d say I’m a little less creative now.

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I think I’m less creative at nearly 66, than I was in my mid 20s. I’ve not written anything truly creative for nearly 20 years.

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Maybe find a different method? Or do something radically different? Collaborate with another?

Get inspired.
How do you get inspired? Well, everyone is different.

Some say you need to fall in love. But:
Picasso had several marriages throughout his life, Van Gogh probably died a virgin. Both were great painters.
Einstein had several wives and lovers, Newton or Tesla probably died a virgin. All were great scientists.
Beethoven was rejected by a countess and decided to focus on music instead of women. He wasn’t entirely wrong.

Some say you need a good diploma. But:
Awesome writers like Ray Bradbury, Mark Twain, H.G. Wells, Jack London etc were self educated and didn’t attend college.

Some say you need to travel a lot, meet new people, see new landscapes… But:
Emily Dickinson rarely if ever left her hometown, lived most of her life in isolation and preferred penpals to real encounters.

It’s also true that not everyone has the same innate talent and potential. You can’t teach a fish how to climb trees, or a sloth how to fly. (Ducks or geese are an exception. They can swim, walk and fly too, lol).

Make the most of what you’ve got at this point, don’t feel pressured to slow down or stop just because you’re no longer 20. And don’t feel bad if not everyone appreciates your art. People have vastly different tastes.

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Taste (which is very important, and I think it´s the fundamental part of making art) improves as you age. Fine motor skills experience a decline…

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interesting question, but I think no.
sometimes I miss my days of psychosis, because I was able to produce art like a machine. I got images in my head all the time and just drew and painted all the time. when I got on my medication and psychosis went away, I had to re-learn my artistic and creative progress from 0. I have very little art from 2007-2010 because I was learning how to create art again. it was really hard and devastating, frustrating. but I did learn my new creative progress and now I feel I am in very good place with my art and creativity. I get inspired easily and am able to make art I like myself. I feel that my artistic progress is changing and I want to learn more. I feel that my technical talent is much better now than before.

drawing is a skill you can learn, it’s not talent. talent has a lot to do with art, but drawing, you will get better with it if you practise a lot. sometimes I get annoyed because people tell me “oh you’re so good at drawing, it’s because you are so talented”. no. I have practised a lot and that is why I am good in drawing.

so I believe that the more you practise, the better you get. you learn new techniques and that takes time. but creativity, that’s something that is much harder to learn. creativity takes different forms in life, but I don’t think it declines as time goes by, it changes form and gets different.

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No, I don’t believe so.

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I don’t think it does if anything it gets better as your collect more skills, but I will say one thing. That as you age you tend to have less energy I think. It takes a lot of energy to create. When you’re young and full of energy wracking your brain to come up with new stuff etc is a breeze, although older people may be more skilled they may have less strength to invest in the craft and less flexibility in adopting new ideas

Like they say ya can’t teach an old dog new tricks lol

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Yes. I feel like when people are younger they write their best work. Usually in their 20’s.
No idea why. Doesn’t mean you can’t write/make good stuff later in life though.

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Nah. I think your priorities, body, interests, inspirations and understanding of the world just change with time. Some things grow, some things fade. You gotta just ride that wave and keep makin stuff in a way that feels good for you

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Hmm my creativity has overall gone down, my brain isn’t functioning the way it used to. I was able to produce more original creative works when I was younger.

But, I’m more skilled in the technical aspect and my knowledge is better. I’m better at different creative softwares than I was before. I know more about the tools.

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Photography is visual story telling. I’m able to see more stories and express them more powerfully as I age. Life experience helps. Increased technical proficieny also helps. What I could do with a film camera thirty years ago has translated nicely over to using dSLRs, my mobile phone, and a photography drone.

Onward!

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I also started out with a film SLR and now when I look back at those shots it gives me a chuckle. One summer I took ten thousand digital shots. Kept 12. I think having the drive and mental acuity goes a long ways too.

plus I think age and ability can have a positive correlation.

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I feel I am less creatively inspired now than when I was young definitely. In my 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, and even early 50’s, I was writing truly amazing poetry (according to everyone), short stories (of the macabre variety), and also fantastic (according to other lesbians), lesbian erotica. I also composed and improvised easy listening piano music pieces by the multiple hundreds, some of which got critical acclaim.