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Sticking to It Works

On Tynan

I think that we all know what works and what doesn't work, but in order to avoid doing the work, we come up with fake stories about what works. How do you make progress? You stick with it.

There are other things that matter, of course, but the big one is whether or not you stick with it. I read a blog post once where a trainer was talking about the two types of people that go to the gym. There are the types that go inconsistently, constantly trying to figure out a better way to train, and then there are the guys who just show up and keep trying to increase the weight they move.

Technique and strategy matter, of course, but not as much as sticking to it. After all, sticking to it will refine your technique. You learn what works and what doesn't, and you course correct. Starting with the best possible technique won't get you to persist, but persisting will get you to good technique. That's why it's the most important thing.

One of my favorite gems online is this forum thread. Jonathan Hardesty posted in 2002, saying that he would draw one sketch a day and post it online. He stuck with it for eight years. At first his drawings were terrible and inconsistent. Some would look halfway decent, but others were disasters. He drew whatever he felt like, almost at random. No person would look at his early work and say, "This guy has artistic talent".

A is for Art.

On I/O

Last week, A is for Art held their 10th annual Gala and Exhibition. And I was a proud visiting artist for this wonderful program for the second year. Last year I worked with the Chicks a group of 12-18 month olds and help them create a work of art to be auctioned off for the continuing existence of the great programs and work that the staff at the SDSU Children's center does.

This year, I worked with the Seals and the Koalas (same group I worked with last year just about two years old now). The kids created the entire of work themselves. And from the sales of the two paintings alone we raised almost $700, the night was a great success and made about $8,000 for the Children's Center.

This program started with a dream of a teacher, Mrs. Peggy. Who dreamed of the children creating their own works of art, and having their own art show. Now the amazing thing is that these kids, created amazing works of art then showed it at the Minge museum in balboa park, and sold their work for $$$. All this is so much more then I have ever done. Well done. And we made the cover!

Ocean Swirls: Made by drawing ocean animals, then painting with bubbles mixed with paint.

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