Thursday, March 18, 2010

Capture the essence of it!

Today, Roberto brought up this quote to me from Picasso (found here):

Legend has it that Pablo Picasso was sketching in the park when a woman approached him.


“It’s you — Picasso, the great artist! Oh, you must sketch my portrait! I insist.”
So Picasso agreed to sketch her. After studying her for a moment, he used a single pencil stroke to create her portrait. He handed the woman his work of art.
“It’s perfect!” she gushed. “You managed to capture my essence with one stroke, in one moment. Thank you! How much do I owe you?”
“Five thousand dollars,” the artist replied.

“B-b-but, what?” the woman sputtered. “How could you want so much money for this picture? It only took you a second to draw it!”

To which Picasso responded, “Madame, it took me my entire life.”
Roberto said, "I don't get it."

And then I thought about it, and this is what I came up with: "Well, sure, it took him seconds to MAKE the product - but it took him a lifetime to be able to draw/paint something in which he could capture the essence of it. [In marketing and designing for clients], the final product of doing something for a client may not take very long - but the thought process/the idea behind it/ the MEETINGS for it/the brainstorming... well, that takes a lot of time... and to be able to capture the essence of a brand of it."

People always think everyone else's job is easier. Writing, drawing, acting... that what they do is a waste of time and not worth it. But, it's really hard! I could do a show in 15 minutes, and it might be easy. But it takes A LOT OF TIME to get to the point where it's "easy" and for you to do the right things to make people laugh. So, while I think Picasso should never have requested money from this person - yeah, he's right. It does take a whole lifetime to be good at your craft, even if it takes you no time to do it.

So come to my show at the Somerville Theater tonight. 8pm! Tickets are $5,000.


*Above painting is Guernica. My favorite Picasso painting. And also it's fitting because it's about the division between art and politics... and, well, the Spanish Civil War.

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