I have been an active distance runner since I was very young. Lately I have been off and on because of achilles tendon problems. I have been seeing a physical therapist. I need to admit I cannot run the way I used to run, with large loping strides. It seems my tendons cannot take the stress of that type of stride, so I need to change. The physical therapist tells me to change my pace, my goal is 180 steps per minute. Yesterday I felt I was doing a lot of steps per minute, but I maxed out at 90, one-half of my goal. So, I am in the middle of a transition, I am changing my pace. This is not unlike what is happening in my art-making as well. The painting, "Man with Women," is in process, and the process is different from any approach I have brought to canvas before. The process I use while painting is becoming the process I use while drawing. It is becoming obvious, for me the process means there is no planning ahead, there is complete surrender to that which is present in me and before me. Why have I waited so long to act this way? Perhaps because I did not know an appropriate way to act. Everyone works differently. It seems all this drawing I have done is character preparation, me obtaining the integrity and fortitude required to follow my soul and id.
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