By WR Jones
I was watching the Olympics with my daughter and one of her friends last week. It was some event with females. I mentioned that I didn’t go by countries, I cheered for the cutest girls from wherever. My daughter, rather sharply I thought, warned me not to become a creepy old man.
I would not dedicate the hours required to get to the Olympics if you guaranteed me a gold medal. I suppose most of those athletes don’t consider it to be the sacrifice I would. They must love what they are doing. There are those in this world who would give their life to get a gold medal. They think they would be remembered. Ya, by momma. I just can’t imagine swimming mile after mile after mile – mind numbingly boring. Of course it paid off handsomely for Phelps, but how about those others that helped him get all those medals. How much do you suppose they will get? Can you name them? Ok, you have a great short term memory, you can name them – then who were the teammates of Mark Spitz. How many cereal boxes are they on?
How would you like to run the hundred yard dash over and over? Bullshit – you drive the car three blocks to get a doughnut.
There should be a painting event. Four rounds – three obligatory paintings: figure, still life, landscape, and then a paint whatever you like round. You could take a chance and paint an abstract or do a safe, low degree of difficulty, portrait of one of the judges and his family.
Many of us would certainly be better painters if we had the same dedication for our love as those Olympians do. Up in the morning to paint for a few hours before work. After work, paint from 6 to 11, then all day on the weekends. Christ, that is like being a professional.
I think I will dedicate this post to Carol King of New York – she is a less than dedicated painter – someone I can pattern myself after.
Ok, Carol, I added the link so everyone – well, three of them (counting Mom) anyway, can see your high productivity of at least a painting every quarter. And I added you to the blog roll so they can be dissappointed on a daily basis as they check for new work.