The last four drawings have surprised me. They have a mastery, one after the other, which I have not seen in my work before. Rockin'! Yes. But, No, they are not there yet. Nothing ever will be. I listened to an NPR Fresh Air interview with the Astro-Physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, who is about to host a series on FOX TV called Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey. It is an update of Carl Sagan's influential 1980 PBS series Cosmos: A Personal Journey. Tyson said, to be a successful scientist one "has to fall in love with the problem." He explained how answers are few and far between. In other words, it is the journey one must enjoy in order to be fulfilled. Final answers will never come. As I move deeper into acceptance of this process my work is better. I am accepting the manner in which I see, without a lot of criticism. This allows me to make a form in my way, a way that fits my peculiar understanding. One comment on composition: Negative space is becoming more important in these recent drawings. I feel as if I used to crowd my forms on the paper, but now I am giving them some space to live in.
"But my favorite question is one that we don't even know to ask yet because it's a question that would arise upon answering these questions I just delivered to you. ... If you're a scientist and you have to have an answer, even in the absence of data, you're not going to be a good scientist."
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