This past weekend, I read Austin Kleon‘s, Steal Like an Artist. It was great and I highly recommend it. Later this week, I’ll be writing a longer post about my thoughts on the book.  Yesterday, I started his newest book, Show Your Work, where I read this third chapter, Show something small, every day.  His point is to share something about your work every single day and it doesn’t mean you need to show your actual product. Just show a piece or the after math or something that inspired you today.  The key is the interaction, it’s the process that is exciting, or that’s what should be exciting.

Nobody builds anything new.

Nobody’s body looks like Arnold Schwarzenegger’s, when he won Mr. Universe, overnight.  Da Vinci didn’t paint the Mona Lisa on his first try. There are no super geniuses or incredibly gifted artists, who didn’t start where you are right now.  They all started somewhere.  It was by doing something small every day that allowed them to eventually do something great.

90% of what an artist produces is crap, but nobody cares.

We’re all interested in the 10%.


This image is not mine. It’s by Lisa Congdon. It’s a picture from inside Austin Kleon’s book, Show Your Work.