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Basketball image of Venice Beach beach basketball players in a defensive mode defending agains another player painted in Black and white Orlando Magic owned painting

Art Basketball Venice Beach Sports Painting

Basketball image of Venice Beach beach basketball players in a defensive mode defending agains another player painted in Black and white Orlando Magic owned painting
Basketball “Defense” sports art painting by John Robertson 60″ x 72″ acrylic on unstretched canvas

Art and Basketball

In watching the NCAA finals between Villanova and Michigan it made me think of what it takes to be a great athlete – because, I think, the same principles apply to almost anything anyone wants to do.  In my case it is or was to be a good artist   I say good and not great as I know what my physical and mental laminations are.  One does have to start out with some sort of talent but it is how they use them.

There are differences.  In basketball it is a team sport and you have to learn early that you try to do what’s best for the team. Trying to make sure everyone’s playing together as one unit.  In painting, it is pretty much up to the individual artist in creating their work.  But to be more than that individual artist you have too participate in a team effort to be part of a larger picture of artists around you – artist that gives you support and guidance and help you develop.

It’s like a fourteen year old kid who practices and learns to be a really good shooter, and learns great ball handling and dribbling skills but until he can play on a team and be part of it, he won’t amount to anything.  He will just be a kid shooting basketballs down at the gym.  What you want to happen is for a new talent to join up with more advanced players, or in my case mid-career artists, who can take a development route towards more advanced play.

The problem arises when players (artists) want to take a shorter route, to get into the marketplace without all the tools that take time to develop.  In the case of a a high school  player, he might think he is ready for the pros, or the college player who wants to leave early out of the program and sign early.  Occasionally it works for that exceptional player but normally they need to stay and mature.  I don’t care what you want to do –  artist, basketball player asparagus farmer, whatever it is.  Whatever it is, there is no easy path except hard work and time.

Amway Sports Arena

Basketball sports art. The new Amway sports arena in Orlando Florida purchased this basketball art. This is where the NBA Orlando Magic plays.  The sports image came from a photograph I took of the basketball players that play on the courts in Venice CA.  The basketball courts were the ones used when filming the  great basketball movie, “White Men Can’t Jump.”