Dear Artist: You are panning for gold

Clayton J. Hester
2 min readMar 25, 2022
Photo by Scottsdale Mint on Unsplash

The artist’s craft is like panning for gold. Just as the prospector sifts through sand and gravel in search of flecks of gold, the artist painstakingly examines every element of a work in order to find the beauty that lies within. The process is often difficult and time-consuming, but it is worth it when that one precious nugget is finally discovered. Like panning for gold, the artist’s craft is a labor of love that is ultimately rewarding.

The artist’s craft is a journey of exploration and discovery. Every new work is an opportunity to explore different techniques and to experiment with different mediums. The artist never knows what might be hidden in the depths of a painting or sculpture until it is finally revealed. There is a sense of excitement and anticipation that comes with every new project, as the artist eagerly anticipates the surprises that await them.

The artist’s craft is also a process of refinement. The first version of a work is rarely the final version. The artist often goes back and forth between different versions, tweaking and adjusting until they are satisfied with the results. This can be a frustrating process, but it is necessary in order to achieve the level of perfection that the artist is striving for.

The artist’s craft is a never-ending process of growth and learning. The more the artist learns, the more they realize how much there is to learn. There are no shortcuts to mastery. It takes years of hard work and dedication in order to become a truly accomplished artist. But it is worth it in the end, as the artist finally achieves their goal of creating beautiful works of art that will be appreciated by generations to come. Thank you for your time.

Clayton J. Hester

Country boy. Explorer of the creative process & life, the arts, storytelling, innovation and history of ideas. Omnia in gloriam Dei facite —