Saturday, March 7, 2009
The contractors are gone from our house. It is so quiet now, just the sound of Bebop snoring and Logan tooting. I have full access to the downstairs for all the cosmetic work I get to do, all the spackling and painting I've ever dreamed of. And some tiling eventually.
While I do all this I'm listening to OUTLIERS, Malcolm Gladwell's new book. Such a nice last name. I'm on Disc 3 and have just heard about the 10,000 hours of practice it takes someone to get really good at their craft. I love that number!
Starting now, at 0 hours, I'm going to count how many hours I paint and draw. For the month of November last year I worked an average of 8 hours a day, 7 days a week to do the 12 holiday monster paintings. That's only 224 hours. If I work like that for the next 44 months I will hit my 10,000.
But I need a paying job...so it might take me 88 months. Which is like, 7 years. But besides cupcake testing there is nothing I'd rather do than illustrate and if Malcolm promises me I'll be really, really good in 7 years I will happily believe and try. And if any of the hours I've already put in doing art secretly count and I'm better sooner than 7 years from now, what a lovely surprise that will be.