Then I had a light-bulb moment.
There are some skills which are so natural to a person that there is no knowing how to teach them or even to begin explaining how to do them, and yet the same person can teach complex or technical topics with ease.
I have been told that I’m pretty good at explaining how to do things, and finding alternative ways of describing a process if it wasn’t understood the first (or even second, third, and so on) time around. That is what teaching is about.
As I was sketching the other day I asked myself the question, how would I teach that particular technique to someone? Not a clue. Nada. Nothing. No hints, no words, just a hand hovering over the page with a paintbrush loaded with watercolour, ready to tint the page, waiting for me to stop thinking and JUST PAINT!
That was the moment I realised that sometimes there are no words to describe how to do something as it is like breathing; it is so intrinsic, so natural, so instinctive that it cannot be analysed, whichever way you look at it.
Those who can, do. It just happens that way.
Those who can’t, teach. For those skilled people who have talent, but have learned a process, and practiced and perfected the technique, they are then able to teach it as they understand what went into it.
Just a thought.