Picasso, the Million Dollar Napkin, and Live Event Painting

Picasso, the Million Dollar Napkin, and Live Event Painting

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December 1, 2022

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I get asked a lot, “But HOW do you paint it so fast!? And make it look so easy?”

And this is an answer I’ll be diving into this week, so for part 1, let’s chat about the deep work involved by using a Picasso story as example.

The story goes like this:

Picasso was at a Paris market when an admirer approached and asked if he could do a quick sketch on a paper napkin for her.

Picasso politely agreed, promptly created a drawing, and handed back the napkin —

but not before asking for a million Francs.

The lady was shocked: “How can you ask for so much? It took you five minutes to draw this!”

“No”, Picasso replied, “It took me 40 years to draw this in five minutes.

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ARTIST EXPERIENCE MATTERS

While you only *see* a few hours of painting, and it seems like, “WOW! That’s a lot of $$ for such a *seemingly short* amount of time!”

That’s basically the tip of the iceberg.

Being able to paint beautifully, quickly, and efficiently has taken YEARS of practice, hours and hours of work, and no less than probably 1,000 mess-ups behind the scenes so that everything goes smoothly on your wedding day.

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PICASSO KNEW HIS VALUE

What we can learn from this moment with Picasso is that artists will generously give their time and energy to create something beautiful for you.

But the hours of practice over years and years gives artists that ability to make it look effortless — the ability to use those skills we’ve practiced to create the perfect piece for you that is not only valuable to us as artists (we created it, so we love it!)…

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But it has IMMENSE value for you as well —

This wedding painting is an heirloom.

it’s a distinctly different way to mark the promise of a lifetime with a once in a lifetime painting.

Every element, from capturing the dress details to the emotion and feeling of your day, of your painting is carefully composed.

It’s not just 3 or 5 or 10 hours of painting. Not just a painting.

Live painting is not just an experience for your guests.

You’re walking away with LITERAL HOURS of PAINSTAKING work that yes, is completed quickly, but has taken years to master.

So yes, I curate your wedding day into a beautiful painting within the time allotted… and yes, it’s fast…

and I do it live in front of you and your guests…

Getting to this level of effortlessness took years of practice.

Stay tuned for more about the deep work it takes to be a luxury artist and live event painter.

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