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And so today:
Granddaughter Megan is a beautiful lady, a great mother and is a sweetheart. She took a turn in the passenger’s seat of the motor home on the trip back. She liked the view.
Megan is an inquisitive person. She is a nurse by profession but has ‘retired’ to pursue her love, art. She is very good. One of her passions is to take an object, and make it the subject of ‘art’.
She asked, “How did you get interested in building houses? It seems so complicated!”
How do you price a house? I keep trying to be logical at pricing my art. Some go by time. Many go by the square inch on paintings.
I told her on my first house I went by material costs and my time at $10 an hour. The lady that bought the house asked after the closing why I had sold it so cheap. I was shocked, I had made $10 an hour. LOL
I smiled at the question of building, and tried to answer it. It is hard to actually answer. Like many builders I have no formal training.
It has taken me years to realize that not everyone can build a house. Since it sorta ‘comes naturally’ to me. It took years to understand we ALL have a ‘knack’ about something. I smile at my girl at times when I mention a city, she will say something like, “Oh yes, highway 63 goes thru there.” She knows FACTS, roads and highways, holding that info comes naturally to her.
There are mechanics who listen to your engine or drive your car and tell you exactly what is wrong. Many just go on an Easter Egg hunt.
There are Doctors and attorneys the same way.
The painting teachers on TV can produce what I would call a master piece in 15-30 minutes.
I try to remember in all occupations and professions there is one who was head of the class and one who was the last in the class. And inexplicably, at times the last in the class may be the best because they may try harder (maybe).
The ‘Expert’ in a field is the one who has been trained along with having that ‘knack or desire’ to do something that comes natural.
PS: In pricing Art and houses. The price of art is judged by talent, the result, where a house price can be logically SET!