January 2011 – How Long Did That Painting Take You?
And the story goes…
Picasso was sitting at a table outside a Paris cafe. A woman came up to him and asked him to draw something for her on a napkin. He complied, doodling as only he could. After he quickly finished he requested the French equivalent of $5,000. Agast the woman said — “but it only took you 2 minutes!” Smiling, the great man replied — “no Madam, it took me my whole life.”
I’ve been asked this before but sometimes my response feels as though it minimizes all of what went into making the artwork. OK, so it only took me a day to complete, but the skill, passion and experience have been compiled over my entire lifetime. Next time someone says “How long did that painting take you?”… My response will simply be “My entire lifetime“