My father said to me, "That's not luck! You are succeeding because of the work you've done!" Once upon a time I believed part of art-making was recognizing insights found through serendipitous mistakes. I called this, "Luck." Now, my Luck is diminishing, at least in the making of my art. More often I find truth by setting a stage, a stage based upon well founded, well worked, ideas. If there be luck, I am the maker of it.
These two drawings are exceptional pieces of manufactured self-discovery. There is no Luck in these drawings! These were found by work. The work is in the doing and in the work I did to inform the doing.
Constant work leads to success. Oliver Wendall Holmes said, "Every calling is great when greatly pursued." I agree. I am in the middle of a great pursuit. I predict, if my time and my energy continue, my art will fulfill itself greatly. Yesterday was one more day in my relentless pursuit. I am inspired by insight; I do not see this ending any time soon. I do worry; time and energy must be preserved; they must be nurtured by good eating, robust exercise, and fostering the luck of good health. I am pursuing all of that. I need years to get this greatly done! Godspeed!
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