I awoke early this morning, at around 4:30 a.m. I felt understanding within me. I now feel I can make the art I want to make. Today is the United States Olympic Marathon Trials. They begin at 9 a.m. in Houston, Texas. There is an article about Desiree Davila in yesterday's USA TODAY. Davila will compete for one of three Marathon berths in this year's Olympics in London. Davila is quoted as saying, "There's all these things in life, and you don't know why they happen the way they do. But running isn't like that. It's so simple. You put in what you want to put in, and at the end of the day, you get the result you earn. You can't deceive yourself. So whatever anyone else is saying about you is great, but at the end of the day, it's just you and the clock." Speaking of Brian Sell's success in his bid for a spot on the 2008 Olympic Marathon team, Davila is quoted as having said, "Because he was prepared, he didn't have to do anything different or special, or have this magical day." With a few changes in the words, these statements talk about being an artist: At the end of the day, it's just you and the art-work, just you and the drawings and paintings you made that day. There is nothing special or magical about making art. You put in what you want to put in, you get the results you earn.
Yesterday I spent only about an hour and half in the studio. I did not draw, but went right to painting on "Unexpected." I am awakening to my ability, and to my potential. More and more I know what I need to do, what I can do. I am accepting the limitations I must work within. Drawing and painting, like any media of expression, has its restrictions and boundaries. This is good for the artist. Comprehending the limitations allows one to practice, and fully utilize, one's tools. It's similar to the rules of a game, like baseball. Creativity within the rules is unlimited after the rules are fully comprehended. How well one plays the games is dependent upon how well one comprehends the rules. Michael Lewis's book, "Moneyball," explains how the recent changes in playing the game of baseball are a result of better comprehension of the limitations of the rules of baseball. He likens outs to dollars. There are a limited amount of outs in baseball as there are dollars in a person's finances. From this simple idea comes a way of viewing batters as statistical protectors of the out, and from this comes the idea that the Batting Average is not as important as the On-Base Percentage. This is revolutionary thinking for the old game of baseball.
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