Today I listened to the Art of Charm podcast Episode 683: If Quality is What You Want, Focus on Quantity – a strong message that resonates with my personal commitment to make art every single day. It’s only Day #5 but already I’ve created more art than I previously have in a given month. The dream of my heart, is to, in 5 years time, be a full-time writer and artist.
That means I have to write and make lots of art NOW… every single day… “It’s like Miles Davis once said: ‘Man, sometimes it takes you a long time to sound like yourself.’ Because true mastery, as we know, takes years — usually decades — to achieve. Even the most talented, naturally gifted people have to put in a huge amount of time to become incredible.” -AoC
I need to start placing my dream at the top of my priority list, to hone and whittle my craft so that one day I can find alignment in my “work” and my calling. The way I see it, my life is a canvas upon which I iterate, paint over, and tweak until it is exactly what I would wish it to be… instead of sitting back, doing nothing, content to complain.
I truly believe some of the things they say in this episode to my core, and they are bolstering my daily commitment to create:
“Quantity is the road to quality.”
“To make amazing things, you have to make a lot of amazing things… and probably start by making lots of crappy things.”
“Quantity reinforces completions… A lot of people struggle with finishing a thing. Committing to volume means committing to completion.”
There is freedom in Quantity… “If we increase the amount of work we put out, then each individual piece of it matters less. That then frees us up to explore, try new options, make mistakes, and forgive ourselves when the work disappoints.”
Volume + Talent + Effort = Quality
Confession: Anyone who knows me knows that I am a confident person, but somehow sharing my “practice” and “progress” works here make me feel insecure. But, here I go anyway… because success belongs to the courageous. [Below: Henna study with calligraphy pen]
I only recently picked up on calligraphy pens and I am so so so in love with the depth of expression that is possible with them that are not even conceivable on a ball point pen. I thought it would help me master curves and shapes to try Henna designs, also a new expression for me. Evidently, I need lots of work on curves. 🙄