Nothing but time
Every wonderful thing that gets created takes time.
Last week I discovered Hong Yi’s amazing art; some time ago she was on a mission to play with her food for a month, and she documented it in great detail on her website. Her work captivated me and I became an instant fan. I think she’s clever and wonderful, and I would love for her to press ahead with her dreams of making her food art into a how-to book so that other people can also play with their food.
If you like what you see you should check out the rest of her portfolio here on her official website.
I was saddened to see some sarcastic commentary on some of her posts, though, all amounting to ‘Oh, you seem to have too much time on your hands’. It made me think about that statement for a second.
We creative types often have all sorts of accusations levelled at us. As a freelance writer who chose to work on her own time in order to pay the bills, I heard it all the time. ‘Must be nice.‘ ‘It’s alright for some.‘ ‘Well, aren’t we lucky?‘ These people have no understanding of the amount of dedication and hard work that goes into working freelance anything. There's no assured pay cheque at the end of the month; we pay our rent and eat because of our own hustle. Stop and think about that for a second.
Every wonderful thing that gets created takes time. Every painting, every sculpture, every book, every essay, every invention. Accusing an artist of having too much time on their hands, instead of genuinely marvelling at the beauty they’ve created, is the most insensitive thing that you can do. How long do you think it took Leonardo da Vinci to paint the Mona Lisa? Wikipedia suggests that he painted it for four years, leaving it unfinished, and then resumed the work again later. It is estimated that it could have taken him a total of eight to ten years to finish the painting, although he was possibly not working on it exclusively beyond the four-year period.
Time is irrelevant to the creation process. Don’t mock an artist for having too much time on her hands. Often, we have nothing but time.