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Picasso On Practice, and the price of Genius

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Picasso On Practice, and the price of Genius

“Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success” Pablo Picasso once asserted.

Certified genius, creator, designer, poet, and trend setter – Pablo Picasso,  was the face of 20th century art, and his enlightened ruminations became a culture in themselves, standing him on a pedestal that transcended his beloved art. But few of his words are as profound as a chance encounter with a woman and their subsequent interactions.

As legend has it, Picasso was in the park one bright afternoon, sketching,  when he was approached by a woman who recognized him. 

“It’s you – Picasso, the great artist.”

When Picasso affirmed with the nod of his head, the woman asked for a portrait.

The artist agreed to sketch her.  After studying her for a moment, the famous Artist used the fewest of strokes to create the portrait, and handed her the finished piece of art. 

“It’s perfect.” She screamed, eyes dilated with wondrous amazement.

“You managed to capture my essence with one stroke – in one moment. Thank you. How much do I owe you?”

“Five thousand dollars.” Picasso replied without missing a beat. 

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“But what?” The woman stammered “How could you want such amount for this picture? It took you only a second to draw it.”

Picasso looked at her and calmly responded: “Madam, It took me my entire life.”

Great art is not a product of an artist’s moment of magic, but rather, it’s the faith and diligence of showing up day after day, working on its craft. The price of a great piece of art work is not for the artist’s genius, but in his daily habits, which usually is a culmination of years and years of labour and consistency.

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  • Most people don’t realize the hard painstaking work that goes into honing skills especially around these parts. That’s why people want creative folks doing something for nothing, not knowing the hours of toil that went into creating that piece of work.

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