Theory Of Forced Results
This is a constant battle for me–to be at the place of not forcing results; it requires confidence.
A great boxer doesn’t force the knockout blow, but steadily works his art in the ring until finally the knockout blow comes. A sly boxer, though weaker physically than his opponent, can be wily enough to cause frustration in a larger, stronger adversary, making him strain to connect with a winning blow. The straining, though, works against him. He begins to force the results and, inevitably, he loses the fight.
I want to respond intuitively, to be “in the moment” and not in the future–not on the end result. If I’m confident then I don’t worry and therefore force the results–I know they will come (this is not contrary to having a clear vision of what I am trying to accomplish).
My “formula for success”–positive thought brings confidence brings risk brings desired results. I have applied this theory to myself and it has worked. For someone who is a worrier by default, it takes practice to be positive, and miles and miles and miles of painted canvas.
Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.”
Be patient, and don’t strain after a “finished” picture…enjoy the color and light and don’t worry about results.”
You can’t force it. You can’t just say, “Today I’ll paint a masterpiece.”
The proper way to grow is by releasing growth.”
Forget about the exhibitions and the juries. Think less of the success of the by-product and you will have more success with it.”
Image: Stag at Sharkey’s 1909 George Bellows The Cleveland Museum of Art